International Cycling

Spilak in yellow after solo mountain win

2017-06-16 18:49
Simon Spilak (AFP)

Lausanne - Former champion Simon Spilak climbed into the overall lead in the Tour of Switzerland on Friday with a solo breakaway to a summit finish of the seventh stage at Solden in Austria.

Spain's Ion Izzagirre and American rider Joe Dombrowski kept pressure on 2015 winner Spilak after the largely flat stage ended with a long, steep climb to the Tiefenbach Glacier at 2 780m.

The Slovak finished strongly, however, and not only won the stage but took the overall lead from Thursday's stage winner Domenico Pozzovivo, who struggled badly on Friday losing around 2:40.

Katusha rider Spilak, 30, finds himself in a powerful position to repeat his 2015 overall win as he leads Damiano Caruso of BMC by 52 seconds and Steven Kruijswijk by 1:05.

Results and standings after the 7th stage of Tour de Switzerland, a a 160.8km ride from Zernez to Soelden on Friday:


1. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) 3hr 58min 36sec (average: 40.4 km/h), 2. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) at 0:22, 3. Joe Dombrowski (USA/CAN) 0:36, 4. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 1:04, 5. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 1:04, 6. Jan Hirt (CZE/CCC) 1:07, 7. Rein Taaramae (EST/KAT) 1:33, 8. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 1:47, 9. Rui Costa (POR/EAU) 1:53, 10. Peio Bilbao (ESP/AST) 2:40


1. Simon Spilak (SLO/Katusha) 26hr 02min 16sec, 2. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) at 0:52, 3. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 1:05, 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:28, 5. Rui Costa (POR/EAU) 2:35, 6. Mathias Frank (SWI/ALM) 2:51, 7. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 2:54, 8. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 3:51, 9. Marc Soler (ESP/MOV) 4:07, 10. Peio Bilbao (ESP/AST) 4:10

Read more on:    cycling

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.