A 28.8 kilometre time trial closed the Tour de Suisse today, where Team Sunweb’s German sprinter Nikias Arndt took 13th place.
The longest time trial in the race since 2011, stage nine of the Tour de Suisse took riders along 28.8 kilometres on a lumpy course with a downhill finish. Nikias Arndt set out on the road at 15h41, in the second half of the stage. After a solid start, Nikias hit the first intermediate time check 21 seconds down on the current leader. By the end of the stage Nikias was 1 minute 13 seconds down on the eventual winner, setting him in a strong 13th place. Michael Matthews took to the road just after Nikias and he too had a strong start. He finished 1 minute 22 seconds behind the eventual winner, putting him in 16th position.
“We went all in to do a good time trial,” explained Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef. “Michael didn’t have the legs anymore but still finished 16th which was good. Nikias performed really well and still had power left at the end. We can look back on a good week with having a stage win, the leaders jersey and the points. We’ve really improved our team work in the sprints towards the Tour de France. Unfortunately Tom and Georg weren’t able to finish the race but until the moment they left, they gave it their all for the team.”