American Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack) won the 2011 Tour de Suisse on Sunday, beating Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) by just four seconds overall and relieving him of the leader’s jersey in a last-minute upset.

Cunego will have been left bitterly disappointed to have lost the jersey to Leipheimer in the final time trial, having successfully taken and then defended the race lead through the race’s high mountains.

The Italian started the day with a one minute and 59 second lead over Leipheimer, in fourth spot, in the general classification. The American used his superior ability against the clock to wipe out the deficit and take another major win – at the age of 37.

Cunego paid the price for his hard work during the previous few days, and could only manage 39th place on the stage, some two minutes and 16 seconds behind stage winner Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek).

Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) slipped from second to third overall to round out the final podium.

Another stage win for Cancellara
World time trial champion Cancellara finished the race as he started – with a stage win. Having claimed victory in stage one’s opening time trial, he cruised around the final 32.1km route in 41-01 to win. Cancellara’s victories will have been some consolation to the Leopard-Trek squad, as its Tour de France hopes Andy and Frank Schleck delivered very mixed performances.

Andreas Kloden (Radioshack) finished the stage with the second fastest time, nine seconds adrift of the Swiss time trial specialist with team-mates Leipheimer in third at 13 seconds and Nelson Oliveira in fourth at 25 seconds.

Britain’s Chris Froome (Sky) finished ninth on the stage, one minute and two seconds behind Cancellara and finished in 47th spot overall.

Double stage winner Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) won the points classification overall, with Andy Schleck coming away with the mountains jersey.

Results
Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine: Schaffhausen, 32.1km individual time trial
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard-Trek in 41-01

2. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Radioshack at 9 secs
3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack at 13 secs
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack at 25 secs
5. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Cervelo at 38 secs
6. Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank-Sungard at 41 secs
7. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard-Trek at 44 secs
8. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 48 secs
9. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1-02
10. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Cervelo at 1-04
Other
16. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 1-29
39. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 2-16
46. Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 2-32
60. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 3-06
62. Ben Swift (GB) Sky at 3-12
135. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad at 6-48

Final overall classification
1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Radioshack in 31-45-02

2. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-ISD at 4 secs
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank at 1-02
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard-Trek at 1-10
5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 2-05
6. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing at 2-24
7. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 2-35
8. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank at 3-11
9. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Cervelo at 3-17
10. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard-Trek at 4-12
Other
19. Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 18-48
47. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 42-30
78. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 1-02-47
106. Ben Swift (GB) Sky at 1-19-11
127. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Highroad at 1-35-11

Chris Froome, Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine ITT

Brit Chris Froome rode to ninth place on the stage

Ian Stannard, Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine ITT

Ian Stannard came a creditable 16th place

Fabian Cancellara, Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine

Stage winner Fabian Cancellara

Levi Leipheimer, Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine

Grit: Levi Leipheimer comes third on stage to win overall

Levi Leipheimer, winner, Tour de Suisse 2011, stage nine

Overall winner Levi Leipheimer

Tour de Suisse 2011: Related links

Stage eight: Sagan wins again as Swift comes third

Stage seven: De Gendt wins as Schleck tests form

Stage six: Kruijswijk climbs to win stage six

Stage six photo gallery

Stage five: Bozic sprints to win

Stage four: Hushovd beats Sagan to stage four win

Stage four photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage three: Sagan wins as Cunego takes lead

Stage three photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage two: Soler leads Tour de Suisse, Froome ninth overall

Cavendish and Swift line up for Tour de Suisse