Rui Costa is in the history: hat trick in Tour de Suisse
22 giugno 2014
Sunday 22 June 2014: Rui Costa makes a step into the history of Tour de Suisse, winning for the third time in a row the Swisse race.
LAMPRE-MERIDA's captain conquered the race in the best possible way, winning the final stage, 156,5 km from Martigny to Saas Fee, wearing the rainbow jersey. Something so special that confirms the class of the cyclist from Portugal.
The stage was very exciting and its topic moment was at 40 km to go, in the approach of the 1st category climb of Eischoll, when Franke, Mollema and Rui Costa escaped from the peloton and joined the the 17 riders breakaway that had led the race until that moment.
Martin, leader of the classification, found himself in the need to chase the attack, that got a top advantage of 2'40".
Rui Costa managed properly his energies while pedaling in the head group, also exploiting the work of the mates of Franke and Mollema, and he approached with resolution the final climb to Saas Fee.
At 3 km to go, LAMPRE-MERIDA's captain reacted to an attack by Franke and his counter-attack allowed him to get a good advantage on his opponents: Rui crossed the finish line with 14" on Mollema and 24" on Franke, obtaining the stage victory and the success in the overall classification.
"What a wonderful day: stage and overall classification victory, I could not asked a better end - Rui Costa pointed out - No one had ever won Tour de Suisse three times in a row, I'm proud I'm the first one to do it and I think it's even a bigger satisfaction having done it wearing the rainbow jersey.
These are also my first seasonal successes after 6 second places, it's something very good for me and the team.
Thanks to my mates, to the team staff, to the sponsors and to all the Portuguese fans that supported me on Swiss roads".
Merida manager were particularly satisfied for this victory, since they had prepared and handled to Rui Costa the new bike Reacto Kom just before the start of Tour de Suisse: this bike was designed for giving Rui the chance to fly on the climbs and the world champion did it in the best way.
1- Rui Costa 4h13'14"
2- Mollema 14"
3- Franke 24"
4- Morabito 47"
5- Zaugg s.t.
9- Dumoulin 2'18"
15- Martin s.t.
24- Valls 3'19", 38- Serpa 9'45", 71- Oliveira 23'49", 113- Palini 32'39", Richeze dnf, Modolo dnf, Cattaneo dnf.
1- Rui Costa 33h08'35"
2- Franke 33"
3- Mollema 50"
4- Martin 1'13"
5- Dumoulin 2'04"
14- Valls 5'27"
37- Serpa 23'48", 63- Oliveira 46'23", 121- Palini 1h54'25"