Switzerland's Oscar Camenzind has victory within his grasp in the Tour de Suisse, after successfully holding on to the leader's yellow jersey in the penultimate stage.
It means staying overall leader in Thursday's final 175 kilometre stage, from Herisau to Baden in northern Switzerland, should not be much of an uphill struggle. The penultimate stage is usually seen as the day of reckoning as to who will win overall.
However, during Wednesday's penultimate stage race, stretching 190 kilometres from Sankt Moritz to Arosa, Camenzind did face a considerable challenge from his German rival, Jan Ullrich, of the Telekom team. Ullrich crossed the finish line just seconds after Camenzind. Ullrich, who had taken the yellow jersey himself during the seventh stage, said, "An overall win is not my goal. I do not rank it (the Tour de Suisse) higher than the Tour de France."
The ninth day's race itself was won by the Italian, Francesco Secchiari in just under three hours, 48 minutes, at least three minutes ahead of the rest of the pack.
swissinfo with agencies