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Küng Crowned Swiss National Time Trial Champion for the Second Year in a Row

27 June, 2018, Schneisingen (SUI)

A dominant performance saw Stefan Küng claim the gold medal and the title of Swiss National Time Trial Champion for the second consecutive year today with teammate Tom Bohli rounding out the podium after securing bronze.

Bohli, who finished fourth in 2017, quickly settled into a good rhythm and posted the provisional fastest time of 53'11" as he crossed the line in Schneisingen.

As defending champion, Küng was the last rider to roll off the start ramp, and his intentions were clear as he powered around the 37.38km course before stopping the clock at 49'37" to claim an impressive victory, 1'26" ahead of Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) and 3'34" ahead of Bohli.

The Winner's Interview with Stefan Küng

Stefan, congratulations! How does it feel to win the Swiss National Time Trial Championships two years in a row?

"It feels great. I've had a good twelve months in this jersey and I was able to take some wins in it so I suppose it is sort of a good luck charm for me. It makes me proud that I can wear the Swiss cross around the world so, it's nice to defend it."

"Once again, this race was a good test for me. It was a long time trial and it was hard with a lot of ups and downs. I am happy with my performance. Swiss Cycling made a great effort to make a nice course. I was holding back a little bit in the technical parts but I was confident in my shape and that I could really make a difference in the power sections and that worked really well."

Were you confident coming into the race that you could match your performance from 2017?

"I was pretty confident coming into the race after a really great Tour de Suisse. That race really boosted my confidence and I knew that if I was able to perform today how I believed I could, I had a pretty good shot of winning. I was on it from the beginning and had good feelings all the way through and in the end, when it was slightly uphill, I could see Dillier in front of me so I knew I was on track and that it was just about finishing off a really good performance."

Looking ahead to the Tour de France, what does this win mean to you?

"Unfortunately for me, there is no prologue but there is a nice time trial on the penultimate day that I am targeting. If everything goes perfectly, I will be able to stand on the podium with the Swiss National Champion's jersey there. This definitely gives me extra motivation as it means I get to represent both BMC Racing Team, my trade team, as well as where I come from."

Quotes From the Finish Line

Tom Bohli:

"I am really pleased with how I performed today and especially because this is my first time on the podium at the Swiss National Time Trial Championships as a pro-rider. Long time trials like today's are not necessarily my specialty. I am more of a prologue rider and my last time trial over a distance such as this was this time last year at the Swiss Championships. I finished fourth there so to be able to come here and see improvement is important for me. I think I paced myself well and I had a lot of help and support from the team. It was a solid performance for me and it definitely gives me a lot of motivation. I've made progress and that's what I need to do."

Race Profile

Swiss National Championships

Time Trial: Schneisingen > Schneisingen, 37.38km

Top 3: 1. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) 2. Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) 3. Tom Bohli (BMC Racing Team)

::BMC Racing Team - Press Release::

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