Oakley's Frank Schleck Victorious At Swiss Tour
Oakley’s Frank Schleck of Luxembourg won the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday, heading off a late challenge from Oakley’s Lance Armstrong, who finished second. Oakley’s Jacob Fuglsang and Steve Morabito powered to third and fourth, respectively, overall.
Schleck, 30, ended the event 12 seconds ahead of seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong.
“I surprised myself because I’m not a time trial specialist,” said Schleck, who finished 13th in the final stage.
He added that he was concerned about fellow Luxembourg rider Kim Kirchen, who is being treated in hospital for a suspected heart problem.
“Winning here so close to the Tour de France means a lot to me but my thoughts go to Kim Kirchen and his family who are having a hard time right now,” Schleck continued.
Armstrong moved up overnight from seventh place overall in Sunday’s final stage – a 26.9km time trial around Liestal.
He was happy with his performance, adding it was a good sign for the Tour de France in July.
“It was a really hard time trial, with nowhere to really rest,” stated the American, whose season has been affected by illness and a crash at the Tour of California in May.
“You just had to keep pedaling constantly. I felt good. I had good legs today.”
German rider Tony Martin, of HTC-Columbia, won Sunday’s time trial, with Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara second and American Dave Zabriskie in third. Schleck finished the stage in 13th place.
The Tour of Switzerland is the last major event before the Tour de France, which begins in Rotterdam on July 3rd and finishes in Paris on July 25th.