- Mattias Skjelmose wins the Tour de Suisse and celebrates the greatest success of his career.
- The Dane defended his leader’s jersey in the final time trial thanks to third place.
- The victory on the last stage goes to Juan Ayuso, the Swiss Stefan Bissegger (4th) just missed the podium.
In the end only 9 seconds spoke for the premiere winner Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo). Normally a solid but not outstanding time trialist, the Dane defended his lead over the two most dangerous contenders Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep), who ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Spaniard Ayuso in particular provided an exciting finish. After the king’s stage to La Punt, he also won the 25.7 km long test against the clock. Tour co-favorite Evenepoel lost more than 7 seconds, the Belgian could no longer intervene in the fight for the tour victory. Skjelmose lost “only” 9 seconds to Ayuso and defended his leader’s jersey. For the 22-year-old Dane it is the first big tour victory of his career.
As the best Swiss, Stefan Bissegger (EF Education EasyPost) missed the daily podium by just 14 seconds in fourth.
Two days after Gino Mäder died in an accident, the time trial between St. Gallen and Abtwil on Sunday passed without any major incidents. The 86th edition of the Tour de Suisse ends with a new winner, but is overshadowed by the tragic incident on Thursday.
Sheffield discharged from hospital
According to his team Ineos Grenadiers, the American Magnus Sheffield was discharged from the hospital after his fall at the Tour de Suisse. Sheffield, who fell on Stage 5 in the same spot as the late Swiss Gino Mäder, was taken to hospital with concussion and soft tissue damage. “He will now return home to rest and recover under the supervision of our medical team,” Ineos Grenadiers said in a statement.
SRF two, sportlive, 06/18/23, 3:00 p.m.; twu
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