71st Tour de Suisse - PT
Switzerland, June 16-24, 2007
Results & report
Stage 9 - June 24: Bern - Bern TT, 33.7km
Live commentary by Bjorn Haake
Live coverage starts: 15:30 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:15 CES
Complete live report
Cyclingnews welcomes you to
the live coverage from the ninth and final stage of the 2007 Tour de Suisse.
It is a time trial around Bern and one person will be extra motivated: Fabian
Cancellara, who was raised in this area. Of course it helps out that he's decent
in time trials, having won the Worlds last year. He also won the first stage
in Olten, a 3.8 kilometre race that would be called a prologue in most other
With five riders within around 30 seconds of each other
this should make for an interesting day for the overall title as well.
Since Fabian Cancellara was not well
placed in the overall, he has started early. He has just finished and has crushed
the time of teammate Stuart O'Grady, beating him by almost three minutes! Cancellara's
time is 41'46.
Stefan Schumacher from Gerolsteiner
started strongly. With 10 kilometres to go he is only 26 seconds behind Cancellara's
Australia's Matthew White is currently
in fifth position. He is only two seconds behind Leif Hoste.
There are a good 30 more riders to
start. Jens Voigt with 12'50 and Beat Zberg with 12'35 have just passed the
first time check.
Erik Zabel has finished the race
It is another beautiful day in Switzerland.
How do they do that? The riders have great conditions out on the road.
The Swedish time trial champion Larsson
is out on the road. It is slightly downhill and he is blasting down.
The course is not easy, there are
a few uphills where the riders are struggling up slowly. Gusev of Discovery
Channel just has an experience with a Swiss hill.
Gusev has a 12'17 at the first time
check at km 8.3. Not bad.
Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Française
Des Jeux passes his two-minute man.
Lövkvist looks very comfortable
on his bike. He is doing a good time trial.
The top hasn't changed. It is still
Cancellara with a time that will be hard to beat.
Beat Zberg manages to get 5th right
Andreas Klöden has just pulverized
the first intermediate time!
After 8.3 kilometres, he is 10 seconds
faster than Cancellara!!! Will there be an unexpected outcome or did he start
Klöden is now on the flat Swiss
roads and he is flying!
At km 22, at the last time check,
three riders are approaching at the same time. Do they know they are riding
an individual time trial?
Marchante is now on a small secondary
Of course, in an individual time
trial drafting is not allowed and the riders have to stay a certain amount behind
and to the side of other riders.
Schleck is now starting. He predicted
that Cancellara will win the time trail "for sure". And he hasn't given up on
the overall, either. He is 33 seconds behind Efimkin in 5th place.
Damiano Cunego is out on the road.
He is labouring hard, and maybe a little too hard. Andreas Klöden looks
Carrara from Unibet.com is starting.
He is fourth and has given the team some reason to smile, which they didn't
have too often this year, being excluded from all major tours despite being
automatically qualified by UCI standards.
And now Karpets is on the start ramp.
He is third overall.
Gusev is now on this secondary road
that looks more like a farm road. There is probably more traffic with all the
team cars than all of last week together.
And the spectators are out and enjoy
a nice Sunday afternoon.
Gusev has the third best time at km 22!
He is 47 seconds slower than Cancellara.
Kirchen has now started, too. He
is a bit hard to recognize in his T-Mobile colours as we have been accustomed
to see him in his Champion of Luxembourg jersey. But in the TT they can't wear
those if they didn't win the national TT title.
And the last rider is starting, Vladimir
Next Sunday many countries will have
their national Championships and then there will be a major reshuffle anyway.
Klöden at the second split.
He is now behind Cancellara
Kirchen doesn't seem to be too comfortable.
He is sliding back on his saddle.
Schleck at the first split. 14th
with a 12'30. That may not be enough for passing the four in front in the overall.
Karpets approaches first split
Looking good, only a second behind
Kirchen is now on the uphill before
the first split at km 8.3 He is out of the saddle. Now he switches from the
left side of the road to the right, so he can take the inside of the slight
Looks like he is way off the front
Yes, a 12'30, over half a minute
Gusev at the finish in third, with 42'51"
Efimkin has virtually the same time
The virtual overall currently has
Karpets only one second behind his teammate Efimkin. Looks like there will be
a chance in the GC before the end of the day!
Karpets is pushing a huge year.
Larsson sprints to the finish. He
just gets into the top 5 for now!
He beats Schumacher, but can't get
to Cancellara's time. Second place for him for now.
Efimkin looks not as smooth as some
of the other time trial specialists. He is stomping on those pedals. Maybe he
is also panicking a bit as there is no doubt he gets info from the times of
The Swiss afternoon sun is shining
on Cunego and his aero helmet.
Karpets is riding through a small
town, oblivious to the speed limit sign. Those guys are amazingly fast.
Fränk Schleck is now on another
He is approaching the second a split
and he is three minutes behind Cancellara in 22nd.
Carrara is now riding up the same
section. Has he gained time on Schleck already?
And Karpets passes the spectators
that have lined the small uphill next to a wheat field just before the second
He passes the check in 5th, 36 seconds
He is now enjoying the fast descent
on this narrow road out in the country side.
As he enters the town of Gümligen
he has to scramble to make the right turn at the end of the downhill. It's narrow
and the curb is fast approaching.
Kirchen comes through with the 15th
time. At this point from all the overall contenders Karpets looks the most likely.
He is stile pushing a big gear as he is inching closer to the finish.
Kirchen also as managed to make the
right turn. But the descent after that is also one where the riders will have
to concentrate hard to not go off the road.
Devolder is approaching the finish.
He can make the top 5.
Yes, he makes it.
The last rider, Efimkin in yellow,
comes through the second split over two minutes behind Cancellara, in 33rd.
Good bye, yellow.
He is now hitting the descent.
And has no problems with the right
turn. Maybe he is going down slower than the others?
Karpets is on a really long straight
And at the end there is a sharp right.
That's where all the spectators have gathered.
Cunego does a great race. He is 15th
for the moment.
Efimkin is now also on a long straight
away and runs the red light of the pedestrian crossing.
Karpets rides underneath a giant
gate and onto the cobbles. No Swiss race without some cobbles in the older parts
Schleck finishes. Almost three minutes
behind. He'll be disappointed.
Karpets is now on the final uphill.
His long legs push the big gear while he is seated.
Carrara is on the finishing straight.
He grimaces as he pushes the last
ounce of strength out of his body. 2'35 and 20th place
And Karpets already arrives!!!
He is 1'06" behind and gets sixth.
Enough to win the overall!!!
Kirchen now shows the efforts. It
doesn't look too fluid anymore. The upper body is rocking left and right.
But he tries everything, tongue hanging
He is 2'15 behind and gets 15th for
Efimkin is the last rider on the
course. He is now entering the last kilometre.
He already knows he has lost the
jersey. At least it is to his teammate Karpets.
Efimkin loses more than 3 minutes!
Cancellara gets ready for the podium.
Thanks for joining the Cyclingnews
coverage of the 2007 Tour de Suisse. We hope you enjoyed the exciting finish
to this race and don't forget to check out then full report, results and great
photos later today on our website.
Next stop Tour de France! Stay
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 41.46
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.20
3 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.33
4 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel 1.04
5 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 1.05
6 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne 1.06
Final general classification
1 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne
2 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile
3 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel
4 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Unibet.com
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
6 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne
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