Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team Shines with Double Top-15 Finishes at Tour de Suisse

With a final ITT in Villars-sur-Ollon David de La Cruz and Matteo Badilatti secured two top-15 placings in the Overall Standings at the 2024 edition of Tour de Suisse.

16 June 2024.
@Chris Auld

Over eight days of relentless competition, both riders demonstrated their consistency and climbing pedigree, steadily climbing the General Classification (GC). Stage 4’s ascent to Gotthard Pass was a turning point, but it was Stage 7’s grueling summit finish in Villars-sur-Ollon that truly solidified the team’s aspirations. This pivotal stage nearly ensured top-20 finishes for both De la Cruz and local star Badilatti.

On the final day, Badilatti delivered a solid performance in the 15.7km Individual Time Trial (ITT), securing 15th place overall and earning the distinction of being the highest-placed Swiss rider.

Reflecting on the race, Badilatti said, “I think it was a really good week for the team with two riders in the Top-15 in the Overall Standings. Everyday we raced super well as a team, did our best and showed we can fight and be competitive. For me it was a special race as I was on home soil and I especially enjoyed the finish on St. Gottardo and I’m already looking forward to racing again Tour de Suisse next year.”

David de La Cruz ended his campaign with a stellar 8th place in the final ITT, catapulting him three spots to 14th in the GC. Despite aiming for a top-10 finish, the seasoned Spaniard remained positive:

“We came to Tour de Suisse with the aim to be in the top-10 and we just fell short of that goal. Nevertheless, if we take into account the super high level of the GC contenders finishing with two riders in the top-15 is pretty good! Obviously we had aimed for more but we can be proud of what we achieved this week. Personally the best day of this Tour de Suisse  for me was today in the ITT. I felt really good and this result gives me a lot of morale and confidence for the next races, particularly the Spanish National Championship ITT,” said De la Cruz, who earlier in the season notched another top-15 place in a WorldTour race at Tour de Romandie.

The result showcases the consistency and steady evolution of our Swiss-registered team and underlines our ambition to be competitive at the highest level of the sport.

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