Gusev breaks free on first climb, wins seventh stage
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, 0:30 behind.
Saturday's rolling eighth stage takes riders 94.7 miles from Innertkirchen to Schwarzsee, and features the fourth-category climb Weissenstein.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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