GENEVA, Switzerland -- Russia's Vladimir Gusev led an
early breakaway then went solo for the last 14 miles to win the
seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse on Friday.
Vladimir Efimkin was 4:15 behind to keep the overall
leader's yellow jersey.
Gusev broke away from flagging Swiss riders Martin Elmiger and
Beat Zberg on the final climb to complete the 78-mile stage between
Ulrichen and the Grimselpass in 3 hours, 53 minutes and 50 seconds,
marking the Discovery rider's sixth professional victory.
Chris Horner of the United States was 2:02 behind in second.
Andreas Kloeden of Germany was third, 2:37 back.
"I still can't believe it," said Gusev, who took a tumble over
his handle bars after breaking too abruptly as he crossed the
finish line. "I worked hard on those climbs, and especially on the
last one. My team director told me I could break away and win. I
believed in him. I followed his directions and I was able to win."
Friday was considered the toughest stage of this tour.
Efimkin has the overall lead at 25:55:08. Luxembourg's Kim
Kirchen is 0:24 back in second. Vladimir Karpez of Russia is third,
Saturday's rolling eighth stage takes riders 94.7 miles from
Innertkirchen to Schwarzsee, and features the fourth-category climb