Costa claims stage to take Swiss lead

Sun, 10 Jun 16:44:00 2012

Rui Costa reeled in Frank Schleck to win stage two of the Tour de Suisse and take the overall lead.

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The Portuguese Movistar rider launched an attack with 2km to go on the slopes up to Verbier after a 218.3km ride from Verbania, successfully catching the RadioShack-Nissan rider to win by four seconds.

Luxembourg's Schleck had himself attacked with 6km remaining, but he had gone too early, unable to generate enough power for the final 200m sprint.

Euskaltel’s Mikel Nieve Ituralde was third, 12 seconds off Costa’s winning time of six hours, 21 minutes and 13 seconds.

Costa is eight seconds ahead of Schleck in the general classification, with Roman Kreuziger of Astana 15 seconds back in third.

Peter Sagan, who won the opening stage to take an early lead, dropped out of the running after struggling with a climb with 12km remaining.

The Slovakian Liquigas rider finished 129th on the day, almost 13 minutes off the pace.

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  1. poor old schlecky boy, brave move but only good enough­ for 2nd on the day, Rui Costa, what another young star,­ seems as tho' the young guns will be more active­ this coming tour, Sagan, etc, Rui's superb attack,­ perfectly timed just as schleck was crumbling, and the­ scenery is fantastic, roll on..

    From Marty, on Mon 11 Jun 3:47
  2. well done Rui Costa!!

    From Vítor, on Sun 10 Jun 23:23
  3. A fair move by Schleck, for a rider dead on his pedals­ in the Giro he's giving it a real go at present,­ obviously wanting to secure a tour place.

    From RiChArD, on Sun 10 Jun 19:49
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