Stefan Küng and Nicole Hanselmann successfully defend Swiss TT titles
Jun 28 2018 02:59 am CET

Stefan Küng and Nicole Hanselmann successfully defend Swiss TT titles
Stefan Küng and Nicole Hanselmann successfully defend Swiss TT titles
Photo of Stefan Küng © Mary Cárdenas /

Stefan Küng (BMC) and Nicole Hanselmann have been crowned TT champions in the Swiss national championships for the second time on a row.

Küng was the fastest to finish the 37.38 course by stopping the clock at 49 minutes and 37 seconds, one minute and 26 seconds earlier than Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) and three minutes and 34 seconds faster of his teammate Tom Bohli.

"It feels great," he commented at the end of the day. "I've had a good twelve months in this jersey and I was able to take some wins in it so I suppose it is sort of a good luck charm for me. It makes me proud that I can wear the Swiss cross around the world so, it's nice to defend it.

"Once again, this race was a good test for me. It was a long time trial and it was hard with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy with my performance. Swiss Cycling made a great effort to make a nice course. I was holding back a little bit in the technical parts but I was confident in my shape and that I could really make a difference in the power sections and that worked really well."

Hanselmann completed the 18.6-kilometre route in 29 minutes and 20 seconds, 38 seconds earlier than Nicola Spirig and one minute and 17 seconds faster than Marcia Eicher-Vouets.

"It had a lot of climbing with over 400m of ascents and it was important to get a good rhythm, especially to keep the pace high over the last 5 kilometres," commented Hanselmann after the event. "It was a tough one but I was in good shape after coming out of the Women's Tour in England.

"My last TT was about a month ago so you're not sure where to stand against the others but I'm really happy to come out on top. This title means a lot after winning the road title last year. It also removes the pressure for the road race this weekend."



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