June 16, 2013 – Portuguese rider Rui Costa won his second successive Tour of Switzerland on Sunday after an impressive ride in the ninth and final stage, a 26.8km time-trial in Flumserberg. The 26-year-old, who rides for the Movistar team, timed 51min 57.58sec to easily make up the 13sec gap between him and overnight leader Mathias Frank of Switzerland.
“This has been as perfect a day as it could be,” beamed Costa. “It was touching to see how many Portuguese fans turned out to encourage me and I have to thank my team-mates for riding so well throughout the race and setting up this great finale for me.”
Frank, who had led the race since the third stage, faded badly to finish fifth overall and was virtually inconsolable after he crossed the line.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema finished second overall, over a minute in arrears of Costa, while Czech Republic rider Roman Kreuziger filled the final spot on the podium.
Costa, whose most notable win prior to last year’s Tour of Switzerland triumph was a stage win in the 2011 Tour de France, steadily built up the pace and was especially impressive on the second-half of the stage.
Results after the ninth and final stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday, a 26.8km time-trial from Bad Ragaz to Flumserberg:
1. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 51min 56sec
2. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) at 21sec
3. Bauke Mollema (NED/BLA) 29
4. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 42
5. Andrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 43
6. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 55
7. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 1min 00sec
8. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) 1:05
9. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 1:06
10. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1:19.
Selected 19. Mathias Frank (SUI/BMC) 1:56
1. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 31hr 08min 11sec
2. Bauke Mollema (NED/BLA) at 1min 02sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 1:10
4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 1:26
5. Mathias Frank (SUI/BMC) 1:43
6. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 1:51
7. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 2:23
8. Daniel Martin (EIR/GRM) 2:42
9. Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) 2:42
10. Cameron Meyer (AUS/ORI) 3:44.