ORICA-SCOTT take confidence out of the nine-day Tour de Suisse

Sun 18 Jun 2017


ORICA-SCOTT conclude the 2017 Tour de Suisse with confidence after consistent results and achieving various objectives throughout the week.

Today’s final stage, a 28.6kilometre individual time trial was won by Rohan Dennis (BMC) with Magnus Cort the highest finisher for the team in 30th place.

Spaniard Carlos Verona produced a solid ride to remain in 16th place overall and despite not coming away with a stage victory as hoped for, sport director Neil Stephens was satisfied with the week and what the team achieved going forward.

We weren’t really looking at today’s stage as such to go for the victory but more about development and looking to the future,” said Stephens. “Looking at the position of our riders, their power and how we can work to improve them in the future, so today was sort of a hard training day.”

“As far as the week goes, I think we have ticked most of the boxes. Unfortunately we weren’t able to win a stage but the dynamics of the team have been good along with the team’s work ethic.

“The riders we wanted to try and develop this week for the future and for the Tour de France have done that, so to a large degree it is mission accomplished. 

“We didn’t walk away with a stage win here but we can still be very happy with the week nevertheless.”

How it happened:

After eight hard day’s the 2017 Tour de Suisse concluded with a 28kilometre individual time trial in Schaffenhausen. The fast route contained a challenging three kilometres climb in the final 10kilometres.

One of the favourites and early riders down the ramp, Rohan Dennis (BMC), blasted around the course with a time of 36minutes and 30seconds to jump into the hottest and remain there for the entire stage.

ORICA-SCOTT’s first rider down the ramp Cort, produced a solid effort to finish with a time of 38minutes 35seconds, good enough for 30th position and in the end he was the highest finisher for the team on the stage.

The day wraps up a week with consistent results from local Swiss rider Michael Albasini with a fifth, fourth and second place finishes, plus Carlos Verona finishing the tour with 16th position overall.

Tour de Suisse stage 9 results:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 36:30
2. Stefan Kung (BMC) +0:29
3. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +0:47
30. Magnus Cort (ORICA-SCOTT) +2:05

Overall general classification:

1. Simon Spilak (Katusha) 28:37:11
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +0:48
3. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +1:08
16. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) 14:22

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