TdS: Dumoulin takes the race opener

UCI World Tour event, Tour de Suisse has kicked off with a short prologue. It didn’t suit CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders’ skills and they claimed places outside the top 50. 

The prologue in Risch-Rotkreuz was 5,1 kilometers long. The course was completely flat and due to tailwind it had been expected that the time trial will be very fast.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) set the best time – 5:41 – and became the first leader of the nine-day event. He bested Fabian Cancellera (Trek Factory) and Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling), who was sitting on the hot seat for a long time.

Stefan Schumacher was the fastest CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider and covered the 5-kilometer distance in 6:04, 23 seconds back (82nd place). Second best, Davide Rebellin posted a time of 6:10 and was 109th.

The peloton will stay in Risch-Rotkreuz, since tomorrow the riders will tackle 161-kilometer stage around this Swiss town.