The overall winner of the first Tour de Suisse Women is Elizabeth Deignan. Thanks to the time credits, the Briton outstripped Elise Chabbey by a single second in two intermediate sprints. The Swiss champion was handicapped by a fall.
Three seconds time credit for the first intermediate sprint on the completely flat circuit in Frauenfeld, 2 seconds for the second classification – with this, ‘Lizzie’ Deignan converted her 4-second deficit after the first stage into a narrow overall victory.
“The sprint defeat against Elise on Saturday annoyed me terribly because it was due to a mistake on my part. I had a restless night. But it was clear to me that I had to go for the bonus seconds, ” explained Deignan, the former world champion on the road. The Brit could also have relied on the final sprint at the end of the 96.8 km. “No,” said Deignan, “I don’t particularly love the mass sprints, especially since I’m slowly becoming an old lady …” And this at the age of 33.
This overall victory meant a lot to her, Deignan noted, and underlined her competitiveness. ‘La course’, the women’s race in the Tour de France, which she won last year, and the ‘Giro Donne’ from the beginning of July are Deignan’s next big goals.
After Chabbey’s fall and the bonus seconds for Deignan, the overall standings were decided shortly after halfway through the high-speed race. With 20 km to go, eight drivers managed to break away easily. They just managed to save the lead, which was always only a few seconds, to the finish line. Marta Bastanelli (It) won the sprint, Linda Indergand, who represents the strong Swiss mountain bikers, came in 4th place.