Race report

Søren Kragh Andersen claims 9th in Tour de Suisse TT opener

Tour de Susise

The Tour de Suisse got underway today with a fast 11 kilometre long blast around the streets of Frauenfeld, with some changeable weather conditions. Despite a more technical opening third where good bike handlers could limit their losses or gain some time, the flat nature of the course would suit the powerful time trial specialists.

Solid early times were set by Jasha Sütterlin, Thymen Arensman and Tiesj Benoot, but it would be Søren Kragh Andersen that would light up the timing sheets for the team. Storming his way around the wet course to cross the line with a very respectable effort of 12 minutes and 22 seconds, it would be enough to see Kragh Andersen move into a provisional second place. It would remain tight at the top of the order, with Kragh Andersen bumped down to ninth place come the end of the day, finishing only ten seconds off of a podium spot for the team.

‘Today I did my best possible TT out there, I couldn’t go any faster on the course,” explained Kragh Andersen at the finish. “There were quite a few guys that were faster than us and we just have to accept that. I will keep working on it and hopefully the shape will go up during the race now. I’m satisfied with my performance overall and I went as fast as I could, which was the goal.”


Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 KÜNG Stefan Groupama - FDJ 12:00 60
2 BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education - Nippo 0:04 25
3 CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:12 10
9 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team DSM 0:22 -
50 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Team DSM 0:50 -
57 LEKNESSUND Andreas Team DSM 0:53 -
64 ARENSMAN Thymen Team DSM 0:55 -
67 BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM ,, -
79 COMBAUD Romain Team DSM 0:59 -
93 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM 1:05 -