fi’zi:k’s Dennis wins Suisse Time-Trial. Caruso takes second on GC

BMC Racing’s Rohan Dennis, aboard his fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle and powered by fi’zi:k’s R1B Uomo shoes, recorded his second victory of the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday, winning the final stage’s 28.6km time trial around the streets of Schaffhausen in a time of 36:31mins.

Dennis’ team-mate, Stefan Kung (fi’zi:k Arione VS saddle), finished 29 seconds back in second place, with BMC Racing completing a podium clean sweep thanks to Damiano Caruso (fi’zi:k R1B Uomo shoes and fi’zi:k Antares 00 saddle) in third.

Caruso’s impressive effort was enough to give the 29-year-old Italian second overall, behind winner GC winner Simon Spilak. Steven Kruijswijk finished third.

‘It was a really good week for me and for the team,’ a delighted Caruso said at the finish line. ‘I felt really good this week but I was surprised with how I rode today. I knew my shape was really good but I never thought that I could take third place today.’

Dennis’ time-trial victories on Sunday and the opening stage of the Tour of Switzerland has given fi’zi:k-riding BMC Racing something to think about as the Tour de France approaches. Dennis was down to lead the team at the Giro d’Italia but abandoned on stage four after crashing. The team had to reassess his goals and, in line with other WorldTour teams announcing squads, we’ll know this week whether he’ll line up in Düsseldorf on 1 July.

Whoever’s chosen will lead a team in form as, on Sunday, BMC Racing’s Silvan Dillier (fi’zi:k Arione R1 saddle) won the four-stage Route du Sud in France. Dillier finished 7 seconds ahead of Movistar’s Richard Carapaz (fi’zi:k saddles) and 1:44min clear of third-placed Kenny Elissonde (fi’zi:k Arione saddle and Team Sky).

The final 158.4km stage from Gers-Astarac Arros en Gascogne to Nogaro saw Dillier finish in the front group to claim overall victory. On the day, fi’zi:k-riding Cannondale-Drapac won thanks to the efforts of New Zealander Tom Scully. That made it two out of two for Cannondale-Drapac after Pierre Rolland’s (fi’zi:k Aliante saddle) victory on Saturday.