Stefan Küng wins his first European time trial

The 26-year-old Swiss was the strongest in the elite men's time trial event at the European Championship. Cavagna was second and Campanaerts, third.


The Swiss Stefan Küng was proclaimed the European time trial champion in the elite category after a magnificent performance on the course with a constant up and down of 25.6 kilometers in Ploauy (France), where the European Championship is being contested. The Groupama-FDJ rider left a time of 30:18 on the finish line, which could not be beaten by any of his rivals.

With this triumph, Küng hangs his first overall European medal, after losing bronze last year by less than a second. In this way, it breaks with the Belgian hegemony, which had three consecutive victories in the test - two from Campanaerts and one from Evenepoel in 2019-. The Swiss, recently proclaimed the national time trial champion for the fourth time in a row, was third in the World Championship road event last year, and the European Under-23 champion in 2014.

The 26-year-old from Groupama-FDJ beat all his opponents on the finish line, including Frenchman Remi Cavagna, who with a time of 30:35 (17 seconds behind Küng) had to settle for silver, and the Belgian Victor Campanaerts, time record man and two-time European champion against the clock, who clocked 30:39 (21 seconds behind the Swiss), enough time to secure the bronze.

The anecdote of the day was left by the Belgian Jasper de Plus, who was late for the bicycle control and was forced to leave late, wasting valuable time. No Spanish rider took the start in a test that Jonathan Castroviejo already won in 2016. The men's national team is set on the elite road test, which will be held next Wednesday, August 26.Classification of the elite men's time trial in the European of Plouay

1. Stefan Küng (Switzerland) 30: 18

2. Remi Cavagna (France) at 0: 17

. Victor Campanaerts (Belgium) at 0: 21

4. Alex Dowsett (UK) at 1: 0

5. Edoardo Affini (Italy) at 1: 16

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