2022 Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Preview

Vaduz > Vaduz 25.4km ITT

The race ends with a time trail in Liechtenstein. 25km is a long one, and after such a demanding race, most riders are on their knees. After today’s mountain stage, we now have Sergio Higuita in the race lead, but Geraint Thomas looms large.

Weather

Another roasting hot day, with a consistent wind for all.

Contenders

Remco Evenepoel – it’s not been the race he hoped for but winning the TT would put a positive spin on things. He’s done three TTs this year, winning one and finishing second in the other two. He’s gone pretty deep throughout this race, this is the first time he’s done a TT at the end of a stage race, at this level. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the fatigue in his legs.

Stefan Küng – what a race it’s been for him, it really is incredible to see him sitting 7th on GC. He’s going to move up into the top 5 after this stage, but he won’t be happy with only that, he wants to win this stage. Considering the way he’s been going, he has a great chance of challenging Remco for the win.

Nelson Oliveira – been in two consecutive breaks, so he might not have much left in the tank. Normally, he would go well in a TT like this.

Michael Matthews – he’s another who’s spent the last two days in the break, which will have an impact on his ability to perform in this stage. On his day, Matthews is very good against the clock, he’ll be hoping for a top 10 result.

Geraint Thomas – always goes well on his TT bike, but his last win in this discipline was back in 2018. Winning the stage isn’t his priority, it’s about taking home the yellow jersey, but a stage win would be a welcome bonus. He’ll likely finish in the top 3, it’ll be interesting to see how close he can get to the big two.

Bob Jungels – sitting 8th on GC, with a chance of moving up after the TT. It’s great to see him back in the top 10 of a world tour race, it’s been a tough couple of years for him. He’ll be hoping for a fast ride, it’s possible for him to challenge for the top 5 in the stage.

Prediction Time

It’s a fight between Küng and Evenepoel for the win. Given the position of the TT in the race, and the energy already used, I’ll take Stefan Küng for the win, with Geraint Thomas comfortably winning the yellow jersey.

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