Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quickstep) won the opening 9.4km time trial at the Tour de Suisse. The World Time Trial Champion blitz the course in a time of 13’48”, which was 6″ faster than Tom Dumoulin (Giant Shimano) and 13″ quicker than Rohan Dennis (Garmin Sharp). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Sergio Pardilla finish in 12th place, 31″ behind the German victor. This was a mightily impressive performance for the slightly built Spainard as he was up against all the real heavyweights of Time Trialing in the world. Daniel Teklehaimanot and Jacques Janse van Rensburg both put in decent performances too as they were both within.
Hugh Carthy (Rapha Condor JLT) went on to win the queen stage of the Tour de Korea and secured the leaders yellow jersey on his way. Hyeong Min Choe (Guemsan) crossed the line in 2nd with Jack Haig (Avanti Racing) in 3rd, both riders were 7″ down on Carthy. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Dennis van Niekerk finish in 14th position on the stage, just over minute down on the winner. The stage was everything it was expected to be, 150km run up to the final 8km’s when the action would finally start. The 2 riders that broke away early on never stood a chance.