Tour de Suisse – Stage 8 – Hometown win for Albasini

Michael Albasini has won the 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse in front of his countryfolk, which is a good shot of patriotism after Fabian Cancellara was shockingly beaten in both his TT stages. Albasini won the stage after a long breakaway with Peter Velits who he dropped on the final climb. The GC contenders were fiesty today as race leader Rui de Costa (MOV) just didn’t have it today. Costa was nearly dropped on the cat 2 climb into the last 25 kilometers, and he couldn’t stay with the main group on the last climb needing team leader Alejandro Valverde to drop back to pace him up to the others. Frank Schleck, Mikel Nieve and Levi Leipheimer attacked from the front of the group and significantly narrowed the gap to Costa. With Valverde helping his teammate, Costa preserved yellow just barely as Valverde plummeted from 4th to 9th.

Tomorrow is the final stage of the race with two massive Hors Categorie climbs en route to the short but steep uphill finish. If Costa isn’t on it tomorrow, he now is in serious jeopardy to lose the race and Valverde is now too far behind to take the leadership role and go for the win. Movistar has had a good stretch in yellow, but they may end up leaving the race empty handed.

Stage 8 Top Five
1. Michael Albasini (OGN)____3h45’39”
2. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+1’15”
3. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)
4. Frank Schleck (RNT)
5. Robert Gesink (RAB)_______+1’36”

Full Stage 7 Results: Tour de Suisse Official

Overall Classification after 8 Stages
1. Rui Da Costa (MOV)________29h58’39”
2. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+14″
3. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)_____+21″
4. Robert Gesink (RAB)_______+25″
5. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+40″
6. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_____+42″
7. Tom Danielson (GRM)_______+43″
8. Steven Kruijswijk (RAB)___+1’01”
9. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)__+1’04”
10. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)______+1’13”

Full GC Standings: Tour de Suisse Official

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2 thoughts on “Tour de Suisse – Stage 8 – Hometown win for Albasini

    1. Yeah. Ultimately, I think Valverde is focused on the Tour and is doing what is important for that race vs this one. He’s consistently in the selection, and this is a win-win in a way…. he doesn’t go to deep, and wins “good-team-guy” credit which he’ll need, and demand in return, at the Tour.

      However, for the team, Movistar wants World Tour points and needs Costa to hang on. If he cracks again, he could easily fall to 4th, If Valverde is shepherding Costa again, while others ride away, and falling out of the top ten it’ll be a WT points disaster for Movistar.

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