2011 Tour de Suisse
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The 2011 Tour de Suisse was the 75th running of the Tour de Suisse cycling stage race. It started on 11 June with an individual time trial in Lugano and ended with another individual time trial on 19 June, in Schaffhausen. It was the 16th race of the 2011 UCI World Tour season.
|2011 UCI World Tour, race 16 of 27|
The route of the 2011 Tour de Suisse
|Distance||1,246.4 km (774.5 mi)|
|Winning time||31h 45' 02"|
Just like the previous edition of the race won by Fränk Schleck, the lead of the race changed hands in the final time trial stage. Lampre–ISD rider Damiano Cunego, who had held the lead of the race since stage three, had an advantage of over 90 seconds to his nearest challenger Steven Kruijswijk of Rabobank, but it was Team RadioShack's Levi Leipheimer, who had been fourth prior to the final stage and almost two minutes in arrears of Cunego, that took the final overall honours. Leipheimer, who was only third on the stage behind Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) and team-mate Andreas Klöden, triumphed by four seconds over Cunego after 1,246.4 kilometres (774.5 miles) of racing. Kruijswijk managed to hold on to third place in the overall classification, 62 seconds down on Leipheimer, but eight seconds ahead of another Leopard Trek rider, Jakob Fuglsang.
In the race's other classifications, Leopard Trek rider Andy Schleck won the King of the Mountains classification, Liquigas–Cannondale's Peter Sagan won the points classification after placing five times in the top three of stage results, Lloyd Mondory of Ag2r–La Mondiale finished clear at the top of the sprints classification, with Leopard Trek also finishing at the head of the teams classification.
|1 (ITT)||Lugano||7.3 km (4.5 mi)||Saturday, June 11||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)|
|2||Airolo to Crans-Montana||149 km (92.6 mi)||Sunday, June 12||Mauricio Soler (COL)|
|3||Brig to Grindelwald||107.6 km (66.9 mi)||Monday, June 13||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|4||Grindelwald to Huttwil||198.4 km (123.3 mi)||Tuesday, June 14||Thor Hushovd (NOR)|
|5||Huttwil to Tägerschen||204.2 km (126.9 mi)||Wednesday, June 15||Borut Božič (SLO)|
|6||Tägerschen to Malbun (Liechtenstein)||157.7 km (98.0 mi)||Thursday, June 16||Steven Kruijswijk (NED)|
|7||Vaduz (Liechtenstein) to Serfaus (Austria)||222.8 km (138.4 mi)||Friday, June 17||Thomas De Gendt (BEL)|
|8||Tübach to Schaffhausen||167.3 km (104.0 mi)||Saturday, June 18||Peter Sagan (SVK)|
|9 (ITT)||Schaffhausen||32.1 km (19.9 mi)||Sunday, June 19||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)|
|Stage 1 Result and General classification after Stage 1
|Stage 2 Result
|General classification after Stage 2
|Stage 3 Result
|General classification after Stage 3
- 14 June 2011 – Grindelwald to Huttwil, 198.4 km (123.3 mi)
|Stage 4 Result
|General classification after Stage 4
- 15 June 2011 – Huttwil to Tägerschen, 204.2 km (126.9 mi)
|Stage 5 Result
|General classification after Stage 5
|Stage 6 Result
|General classification after Stage 6
Rabobank's Bauke Mollema, who was placed second overall at the time, punctured about 15 km from the finish. When the Leopard Trek team heard it, they lead the chase, and Mollema was unable to get back to the group, and he finished 48 seconds behind. Rabobank assistant directeur sportif Frans Maassen said that Mollema should have had a chance to win the stage.
|Stage 8 Result
|General classification after Stage 8
- 19 June 2011 – Schaffhausen, 32.1 km (19.9 mi) individual time trial (ITT)
|Stage 9 Result
|Final General classification
|1||Fabian Cancellara||Fabian Cancellara||no award||Fabian Cancellara||no award||Leopard Trek|
|2||Mauricio Soler||Mauricio Soler||Matti Breschel||Tejay van Garderen||Lloyd Mondory||Rabobank|
|3||Peter Sagan||Damiano Cunego||Laurens ten Dam||Peter Sagan|
|7||Thomas De Gendt||Andy Schleck||Leopard Trek|
|9||Fabian Cancellara||Levi Leipheimer|
|Final||Levi Leipheimer||Andy Schleck||Peter Sagan||Lloyd Mondory||Leopard Trek|
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