Frank Schleck clinched overall victory ahead of Lance Armstrong on the final day of the Tour de Suisse.
Germany’s Tony Martin won today’s final 26.9km time trial ahead of Fabian Cancellara but Luxembourg’s Schleck prevailed overall after the overnight leader Robert Gesink of Holland was unable to hang on to the lead and finished fifth overall.
Armstrong moved up from seventh overall overnight as the seven-time Tour de France winner completed his preparations for cycling‘s most prestigious race, which begins in Rotterdam on 3 July.
The final-stage time trial around Liestal saw Gesink concede his 29-second advantage with a disastrous showing, as he limped in 2min 19sec down in 40th place.
Schleck was 13th quickest on the day, 1min 14sec down on Martin, and Armstrong was 11th, five seconds faster. But it was not enough for the American, who finished 12 seconds down on Schleck, with his fellow Saxo Bank rider Jakob Fuglsang in third.
“I was a little bit surprised myself that it went so well but the good thing about being on the same team as Fabian Cancellara is that you get to know a trick or two about time trialling and he said I could pull it off before the stage,” said Schleck, whose first thoughts were for his compatriot Kim Kirchen, who was yesterday rushed to hospital with 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.”
Fränk Schleck was born on April 15th, 1980 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Schleck
4 + 15 +2+0+1+0 = 22 = his personal year (from April 15th, 2010 to April 14th, 2011) = Lucky.
22 year + 6 (June) = 28 = his personal month (from June 15th, 2010 to July 14th, 2010) = Bold. Daring. Unstoppable.