Tour de Suisse: Stybar Cracks the Top 20 in Prologue
Etixx - Quick-Step finisher Zdenek Stybar earned an 18th place finish, 10" down on Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin), winner of the 5.4km Tour de Suisse prologue with a time of 5'41" (53.842km/h) on Saturday.
Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) finished 2nd, 2 seconds down, with Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling) earning 3rd.
Stybar averaged 52.308km/h along the parcours, which included some up-and-down in the early portion, with a flat finish. Matteo Trentin also finished 29th, 12" down, and Mark Cavendish 39th, 16" down.
Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to Stage 2 on Sunday. The second stage is considered medium mountain, but features two Category 2, and two Category 1 climbs along the parcours. The final Category 1 climb is at the 148.4km mark, leaving slightly less than 13 miles of descending into the finish.