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Mon Apr 21 11:38:02 SAST 2014

Costa eyes Swiss victory as Albasini takes stage

Sapa-AFP | 17 June, 2012 11:120 Comments
Orica Green Edge rider Michael Albasini of Switzerland celebrates winning the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse cycling race in Arosa June 16, 2012
Image by: Denis Balibouse / REUTERS

GreenEdge rider Michael Albasini clinched the eighth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday while Portugal’s yellow jersey wearer Rui Costa held on to his chances of overall victory.

Switzerland’s Albasini broke away 17km from the end of Saturday’s stage, a 148km ride from Bischofszell to Arosa, to finish ahead of Spain’s Mikel Nieve and Levi Leipheimer of the United States.

Luxembourg’s Frank Schleck, who is Costa’s closest rival in the overall standings, was fourth on the stage, but Portugal’s Costa, of the Movistar team, will still go into Sunday’s final stage with a 14-second lead.

Costa was 14th on Saturday, 50 seconds behind Schleck.

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