US Rider Wins Tour of Switzerland

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 21, 2011 12:20 pm

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (AP) – Levi Leipheimer of the United States won the Tour of Switzerland July 19, overtaking Damiano Cunego of Italy in the final time trial.

Leipheimer, 37, finished in 31 hours, 45 minutes, 2 seconds. Cunego led the tour for several days and finished a mere four seconds behind Leipheimer.

Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands placed third, finishing 62 seconds behind the leader. U.S. rider Tejay Van Garderen was 10th overall despite equipment problems during the last stage.

After the time trial, Leipheimer lauded Andy Hampsten, the American who won this race in 1986 and 1991.

Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara won the ninth and final stage, a 20-mile circuit around the northern city of Schaffhausen. Cancellara also won the time trial on the first day.

This year’s race was dominated by the crash of Columbian rider Juan Mauricio Soler on Thursday. He remains in an induced coma with a fractured skull and ankle, but his condition is improving, his Movistar team said.

The Tour of Switzerland leads to the Tour de France, which starts on the French Atlantic coast July 2.