June 18, 2016 – Spaniard Jon Izagirre won the stage eight time-trial and Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia moved into the overall lead on a stunning day at the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.

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Both riders finished ahead of time-trial specialist Fabian Cancellara and overall victory favorites such as Tejay Van Garderen, Andrew Talansky and Geraint Thomas on the 16.8km race against the clock over rolling terrain in Davos.

What was most surprising is that neither are known as top time-triallers, although both have won relatively minor races against the clock in the past. However, the lumpy nature of the course played into the two specialist climbers’ hands. Movistar’s Izagirre won in a time of 21min 31sec, with Astana’s Lopez 18sec back and Swiss Cancellara of Trek third at 19sec.

“It was a really tough day, both due to the duration of the the time-trial and how to manage it,” said Izagirre. “I gave everything and I’m delighted with the victory. It’s a great day and a great season for me.”

Previous leader Warren Barguil of France finished 57sec back and dropped to fourth overall in the race for the yellow jersey, at 18sec. Lopez, 22, now leads by 8sec from American Talansky with Izagirre third at 16sec.

Thomas and Van Garderen, two of the favorites for overall victory before the race began a week ago, finished ninth and tenth on the stage at 33sec and 34sec respectively. Thomas is now eighth overall at 1min 30sec with Van Garderen a place and four seconds better off.

Last year’s winner Simon Spilak of Slovenia finished 22nd on the stage and is now ninth overall, a second behind Thomas. Sunday’s final stage is a mountainous 117.7km trek with two hors category climbs in which further changes could happen in a race that has seen the yellow jersey change hands almost every day.

Results Stage 8 ITT:
1. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:31
2. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana 0:00:18
3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:19
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:21
5. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:00:23
6. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:24
7. Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:00:25
8. Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
9. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:33
10. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC 0:00:34

General Classification:
1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana 29:32:03
2. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale 0:00:08
3. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:16
4. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:18
5. Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 0:00:52
6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:21
7. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC 0:01:26
8. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:30
9. Simon Spilak (Rus) Katusha 0:01:31
10. Rui Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:02:09