Tour de Suisse: Grossschartner and De la Parte beat the clock

After yesterday’s top 10 performance by CCC Sprandi Polkowice duo, also in stage 8 – individual time trial – two “riders in orange” finished among the fastest. This time it was Felix Grossschartner and Victor de la Parte, who both took top 15 places.

The penultimate stage of Tour de Suisse was 16,8km long and featured a hilly course. The riders took off in the order opposite to the places they were occupying in the GC. Thus, first CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider to roll off the starting ramp was Jarosław Marycz, and the last one to go was Victor de la Parte, who was 13th overall.

Felix Grosschartner discovered his time trial skills by taking spectacular 11th place. He was only 34 seconds down on the winner, Ion Izagirre (Movistar) and beat some of the great time trialist. One of them was world champion, Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky).

I didn’t feel well yesterday so I decided to go easily and safe energy for today. As it turned out it worked out perfectly for me, since my legs were much stronger. I knew I’m setting good times at time checks and I knew I recorded a solid result, but I didn’t know which place I’m going to take at the end. When I learnt it’s going to be 11th I was quite surprised, since I don’t consider myself as a TT specialist – Felix Grossschartner said afterwards. – The route worked in my favor and suited me well. I used to do skiing, so I’m comfortable with going downhill and taking corners at the high speed. Also big part of the course was slightly uphill, so with my weight, it was good for me too. 

Victor de la Parte was only 4 spots below his teammate, as he claimed 15th. Thanks to his performance he moved up to 12th overall and is 5:42 behind the leader, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).