"A day of suffering"

The riders in the Tour de Suisse have another tough stage behind them. The last, because tomorrow there is a flat stage and on Sunday a final time trail. Styby is not angry. "Because today it was really though."

"I think I had one of the toughest days on my bike", said Zdenek. "The stage was 235 km long with 3.700 altitude. I sat up to six hours and fifteen minutes on the bike."

And Zdenek wasn’t feeling well too. "I had pain in my stomach. From kilometer 0, I felt very bad. I think I ate something bad. Nevertheless, I tried to jump along with an early break, but that only made it worse."

Dries Devenyns, a teammate, had more success and rode the whole stage – who finished in Austria today - in front. The stage victory was for his co-pigeon Thomas De Gendt, who was able to beat Andy Schleck on the final climb. And Styby? He finished in the peloton.

"It was a day of suffering", said our champion, who lost 24 minutes. In the general classification he loses some places and he is now 50th on 40 minutes of leader Damiano Cunego.

By on 17/06/2011