• Tom Dumoulin in action during the Tour de Suisse 1st stage, a 5.1 km race against the clock (AAP)Source: AAP
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the first stage of the Tour de Suisse, a 5.1-km time trial around Risch-Rotkreuz. He finished just ahead of favourite Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) by two seconds. Matthias Brandle (IAM) finished third at four seconds. Best of the Australians was Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEDGE), in seventh place at six seconds.
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14 Jun 2015 - 7:18 AM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2015 - 7:33 AM

“I am very happy with this victory. After returning from the team’s altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada (ESP), it is always a question as to how the legs will perform but it is a great feeling that it turned out to be excellent," Dumoulin said.

“During the prologue I didn’t feel great but apparently it went pretty fast and it was enough for the win. I went full gas uphill and used my aerodynamics in the downhill section.

“Now I have the yellow leader’s jersey and together with the strong team that we have here, we will see and try to keep it as long as possible obviously.”

The top finishers on the stage also lead the general classification in the same order.

Stage 1: 5.1km, Risch - Rotkreuz
1 Tom Dumoulin (NED) Giant-Alpecin 5min 41sec
2 Fabian Cancellara (SUI) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:02
3 Matthias Brandle (AUT) IAM 0:00:04
4 Peter Sagan (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:05
5 Steve Morabito (SUI) FDJ.fr
6 Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC
7 Cameron Meyer (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 0:00:06
8 Ion Izagirre (ESP) Movistar
9 Adriano Malori (ITA) Movistar
10 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky 0:00:07