Tour de Suisse #8: Natnael Berhane rides well to remain top 20 overall

Natnael Berhane Suisse Stage 1_3

Jon Izaguirre (Movistar) won the stage 8 individual time trial of the Tour de Suisse. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) clocked the 2nd best time of the day and in doing so, Lopez moved into the overall race lead while Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) finished 3rd on the stage.

After a tough week, our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka team only had 4 riders start today’s time trial stage. Tyler Farrar, Adrien Niyonshuti and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were all early starters while Natnael Berhane went off later in the afternoon due to the Eritrean Champion climbing into 19th place overall after yesterday’s tough mountain stage.

For Farrar and Niyonshuti the time trial was never going to be their stage to shine, both rider just got through the stage comfortably. While by no means a specialist either, Janse van Rensburg has been known to ride strongly on occasion against the clock. Today the South African did a decent ride, but the wet conditions didn’t do any of the early starters much justice.

Natnael Berhane looked to do as best a ride as possible, with keeping a top 20 overall position as a target to aim for today. By crossing the line in a time just 1’37” off of Izaguirre, Berhane would lose a position on the general classification as the World Time Trial Champion Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) moved ahead of our Eritrean, but 20th he would remain going into tomorrows final stage.

Natnael Berhane – Rider
It was good to do a good hard effort on the time trial bike today. It was a fast course in certain sections and holding a good position was important. I had a small goal to stay in the top 20 overall, I am happy I could do so today.

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