23 Jun 2014

Costa wins Tour of Switzerland

5:57 am on 23 June 2014

The Portugese cyclist Rui Costa has won the Tour of Switzerland title for an unprecedented third time in a row after riding to victory in the ninth and final stage.

Costa crossed 14 seconds ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema with Swiss Mathias Frank 24 seconds off the pace in third following the 157km run from Martigny to Saas-Fee.

Germany's Tony Martin, who had been wearing the leader's yellow jersey since stage one, finished off the podium in overall fourth behind Costa, Frank and Mollema.

World road race champion Costa, who finished third in the Tour of Romandie last month, sets himself up as a candidate for the Tour de France which starts on July 5th.