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Roche out of top ten after Gossau TT

Posted 15 June 2012

Nicolas Roche has dropped out of the top ten at the Tour de Suisse after conceding just over a minute and a half to Rui Costa (Moviestar) who continues to lead the race after the 34.3 kilometre stage seven time trial.

The big surprise of the day was the performance of Fredick Kessiakoff (Astana) whose stage winning time of 46’36” topped the time set by Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) by two seconds.
Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) was 2’12” slower with that performance costing him to drift back in the GC and to lose valuable time to the big contenders for the race GC.
All is certainly not lost for Roche who now lies 15th overall with a deficit of 1’52” to Costa heading into the two big mountain stages which will bring the race to a close.
Costa meanwhile has extended his overall lead to 50 seconds ahead of Roman Kreuziger (Astana) who has moved to second and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) who is just five seconds further back in third.
With the remaining top ten riders no worse off than 1’27” Roche is certainly within tipping distance of regaining his place in the top 10 overall.
He proved on the opening road stage that he has regained his ability to go head to head with the best climbers in the race and that will give in confidence in Saturday’s stage which finishes on the hors category climb to Arosa.
The 216 kilometre long final stage on Sunday is a much tougher assignment with the hors category climbs of Glaubenbielen (137.7kms) and Glaubenberg (175.8) taking place before the summit finish on the category two climb to Sorenberg.
Tour de Suisse
Stage 7: Gossau (ITT), 34. 3 kilometres
1.  Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 0:46:36
2.  Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:02
3.  Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:20
4.  Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:25
5.  Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:27
6.  Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana 0:00:34
7.  Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:38
8.  Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:41
9.  Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - QuickStep 0:00:43
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:51
44. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale ate 2 minutes, 12 seconds 
General classification after stage 7
1.  Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 26:10:55
2.  Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:00:50
3.  Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:55
4.  Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:04
5.  Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
6.  Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:01:12
7.  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma - QuickStep 0:01:15
8.  Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:01:17
9.  Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling 0:01:22
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:27
15. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 1 minute, 52 seconds

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