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2001 Tour of Switzerland -Tour de Suisse
(HC)

June 19 - June 28, 2001

Podium history of the Tour of Switzerland

Scheduled to ride: Simoni (but no TDF for him), Garzelli, Zabel, Zülle, Museeuw, Rebellin (current UCI #1), Jalabert, Armstrong, Ekimov, Hincapie and Belli.

Thursday, June 28: Stage 10, Lausanne - Lausanne, 175.9 km. The last stage. They head east out of Lausanne, following the north shore of Lake Geneva. Then, at km 37, they head back and north up to Yverdon on the farthest southeast tip of Lake Neuchatel. Just after that (km 121) is the first rated climb, a Cat 3, 766m. As they head south back to Lake Geneva, there is a cat 4 climb (742m) at km 141. They arrive east of Lausanne on the north shore of the lake and have a flat run into town for a likely sprinter's fest.

1. Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) 3hr 56min 18sec
2. Emmanuel Magnien (FDJ) s.t.
3. Christian Poos (Swiss Post) s.t.
4. Dimitri Konychev (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
5. Nicolas Jalabert (CSC-World) s.t.
6. Erik Zabel (Telekom) @ 2min 58sec

Final GC after Stage 10:

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 35hr 6sec. 1412 km ridden at an average speed of 40.355 km/hr
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1min 2sec
3. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 34sec
4. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 2min 47sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 2min 48sec
6. Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) @ 2min 58sec
7. Juan Manuel Garate (Lapre) @ 3min 30sec
8. Manuel Beltran (Mapei) @ 3min 37sec
9. Laurent Jalabert (CSC) @ 3min 46sec
10. Daniel Schnider (FDJ) @ 5min 51sec
11. Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) @ 5min 52sec
12. Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis) @ 6min 13sec
13. Daniel Atienza (Cofidis) @ 6min 16sec
14. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 7min 23sec
15. Udo Bolts (Telekom) @ 7min 52sec
16. Tomas Konecny (Domo-Farm Frites) @ 10min 10sec
17. Gerrit Glomser (Post Swiss) @ 10min 11sec
18. Massimo Donati (Tacconi Sport) @ 11min 32sec
19. Stefano Cattai (Liquigas) @ 12min 32sec
20. Laurent Dufaux (Saeco) @ 13min 35sec

Wednesday, June 27: Stage 9, Sion - Lausanne, 167 km. Starting at Sion (472m), the route goes east-southeast, following the Rhone River. The river and the race make a turn to the north at km 25. The river goes to Lake Geneva, the racers head off into a loop that circles around to the east and north and then comes to the eastern north shore of the Lake. As part of this loop, they meet a category 2 climb at Les Mosses (1436m) at km 75. The road undulates a bit after that until they reach the north shore of the lake. Then, they motor on into Lausanne (375m).

1. Erik Zabel (Telekom) 4hr 2min 17sec
2. Saulius Ruskys (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
3. Robbie McEwen (Domo) s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 31hr 52sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1min 5sec
3. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 43sec
4. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 2min 56sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 2min 57sec

Tuesday, June 26: Stage 8, Sion - Crans Montana, 25.1 km Individual Time Trial. Sion sits on the Rhone River at 509m elevation. For the first 10 kilometers, the route is flat as it follows the river. Then, it heads north, off onto a little swtchback road to Crans Montana (1498 m). This might give a preview of Stage 18 of the Tour de France with its uphill time trial at Grenoble.

Results:

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 47min 18.84sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1min 25.83sec
3. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 1min 26.17sec
4. Georg Totschnig (Gerolsteiner) @ 1min 33.10sec
5. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 58.59 sec

GC after Stage 8:

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 28hr 58min 25sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1min 5sec
3. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 43sec
4. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 2min 56sec
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 2min 57sec

Monday, June 25: Stage 7, Locarno - Naters, 156.6 km. Locarno is on about the northernmost part of Lake Maggioire, just inside Switzerland, almost due north of Milan. The route follows the Ticino river north and then east towards the St. Gotthard pass. At km 77, they climb to Ariolo (1137m), a category 2 climb. At this point, instead of continuing north through the St. Gotthard, they take a small road east for the tough Nufenen Pass (2478m), at km 102 which is an "Above Category" (HC) rated climb. They then join the Rhone River and fly downhill to Naters (674m).

At kilometer 50, Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) is alone and 5min 52sec ahead of the field.

Garzelli wins after being away for over 130 kilometers.

1. Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) 3hr 59min 13sec
2. Michele Bartoli (Mapei) @ 4min 27sec
3. Thomas Konecny (Domo) @ 7min 28sec
4. George Hincapie (US Postal) s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

1. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo)
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1sec
3. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 25sec
4. Mauel Beltran (Mapei) @ 30sec
5. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 31sec

Sunday, June 24: Stage 6, Mendrisio - Mendrisio, 174.5 km. Mendrisio is just up the road from Como and the Italian border. The race heads almost due north from there, up to Bellinzona, then does a 180 and heads back to Mendrisio for 3 circuits going from Chiasso (the city directly across the Italian border from Como) and back up to Mendrisio. This is a bit of a grinder stage. No high climbs, but relentless rising and falling will take their toll. Monte Ceneri (554m) is attacked from both sides, but it is a cat 4 climb. There is an unnamed cat 4 climb just outside Chiasso that is hit 3 times in the final circuits.

1. Serguei Ivanov (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 27sec
2. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) s.t.
3. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) s.t.
4. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) s.t.
5. Saulius Ruskys (Gerolsteiner) @ 5sec

GC after Stage 6:

1. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) 22hr 4min 11sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1sec
3. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 25sec
4. Mauel Beltran (Mapei) @ 30sec
5. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 31sec

Saturday, June 23: Stage 5, Wilnau/Herrbrugg - Gotthard, 221 km. A short transfer to Wildnau (408m), just south of the Bodensee sees the start of this tough stage. The route follows the Rhein south and east for quite a while. At km 105 is the first rated climb, a category 3. At km 168 is the Oberalp-Passhoe, category 1at 2044 meters. Then, there are two climbs up the Above Category San Gotthard (2094m) with the second time up being the hilltop finish. The pavement is cobbled in the last few kilometers, being a real test of reserves and power.

What a ride!!!! Dmitri Konyshev stays away for 200 kilometers in an epic breakaway.

1. Dimitri Konyshev (Fassa Bortolo) 5hr 56min 8sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1min 57sec
3. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
4. Manuel Beltran (Mapei) s.t.
5. Juan Manuel Garate (Lampre) @ 2min 22sec
6. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) s.t.
7. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 2min 34sec
8. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) @ 3min 39sec

GC after Stage 5:

1. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) 18hr 3min 39sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 1sec
3. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 25sec
4. Mauel Beltran (Mapei) @ 30sec
5. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 31sec

Garzelli and Rebellin are now almost 20 minutes down, former race leader Bortolami got shelled on the climbs and is now about 22.5 minutes down.

Friday, June 22: Stage 4, Baar - Wildhaus, 144 km. This is a tougher stage with two category 3 climbs and a hilltop finish on a Category 2 climb at Wildhaus. The stage starts at Baar (460m), just north of the Zugsee (and directly south of Zurich) and heads east-north-east, passing under the Zurichsee. At Altstatten, just south of the Bodensee, they hook around to the south and then to the west to Wildhaus (1090m).

Results:

1. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) 3hr 39min 15sec
2. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 9sec
3. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) s.t.
4. Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) @ 12sec
5. Davide Rebellin (Liquigas) s.t.
6. Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) s.t.
8. Wladimir Belli (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

1. Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi) 12hr 4min 56sec
2. Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) @ 14sec
3. Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner) @ 15sec
4. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) @ 24sec
5. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 26sec

Thursday, June 21: Stage 3, Basel (Reinach) - Baar, 163 km. Starting at Reinach just outside Basel, the race heads due east for half the trip, then south, passing to the east of Zurich at Dietikom on the way to Baar. There are 3 category 4 climbs. Two of them are on the finishing lap the race does twice down to Zug and then back up to Baar.

1. Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi Sport) 3hr 46min 29sec
2. Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
3. Robbie McEwen (Domo-Farm Frites) @ 2min 53sec

GC after Stage 3:

1. Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi Sport) 8hr 23min 26sec
2. Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner) @ 6sec
3. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) @ 2min 35sec
4. Servais Knaven (Domo) @ 2min 38sec
5. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) @ 2min 40sec
6. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 2min 40sec

Wednesday, June 20: Stage 2, Europapark Rust - Basel, 178.8 km. Today's stage heads almost due south, following the Rhine River. There is a 4th category climb (Bruderholz, 347m), done twice in an extra circuit at Basel.

1. Erik Zabel (Telekom) 4hr 26min 49sec
2. Paolo Bettini (Mapei) s.t.
3. Saulius Ruskys (Gerolsteiner) s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 4hr 36min 33sec
2. Servais Knaven (Domo) @ 3sec
3. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) @ 5sec
4. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 5sec
5. Viatcheslav Ekimov (US Postal) @ 5sec
7. George Hincapie (US Postal) @ 6sec

Tuesday, June 19: Stage 1, Rust (Germany) 7.9 km individual time trial. This ITT is flat with no elevation change.

1. Lance Armstrong (US Postal) 9min 44.22sec
2. Laurent Jalabert (CSC-World) @ 5.14sec
3. Tyler Hamilton (US Postal) @ 5.27sec
4. Viatcheslav Ekimov (US Postal) @ 5.35sec
5. Beat Zberg (Rabobank) @ 7.02sec
7. George Hincapie (US Postal) @ 9.11sec
16. Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) @ 12.69sec
17. Alex Zülle (Coast) @ 13.25sec
56. Gilberto Simoni (Lampre) @ 26.72sec