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Tour de Suisse 2005 – Stage 9 Final

June 19, 2005 – Aitor Gonzalez (Euskaltel) waited until the last moments of the final stage to deliver a sneaky, final-round knock-out blow to Michael Rogers (Quickstep) and win the Tour of Switzerland.

Rogers, who had been in yellow since the end of the 6th stage, wasn’t able to respond to a tremendous attack by Gonzalez in the final climb, and the Spaniard threw caution to the wind in the final descent and run to the finish to take the overall by 22 seconds.

Canadian Michael Barry (Discovery) finished 25th in the final stage, 7:27 behind Gonzalez, to complete the race in a very creditable 19th spot overall at 16:20.

Stage 9 Results
1. Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3.03.52 (32.763 km/h)
2. Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.46
3. Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone 0.58
4. Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step
5. Chris Horner (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir
6. Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
7. Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 1.42
8. Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
9. Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
10. Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team

25. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

Final GC

1. Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 33.08.51
2. Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 0.22
3. Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 1.36
4. Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 1.41
5. Chris Horner (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2.02
6. Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team 2.49
7. Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 3.47
8. Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 4.13
9. Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 4.28
10. Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 6.01

19. Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 16.20





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