Italy?s Alessandro Proni (Quick Step) took his first win as a professional rider at the Tour of Switzerland on Monday with a long-range attack and then a determined acceleration on the last climb.

25 year-old Proni went away with Spain?s Daniel Navarro (Astana) and Luis Pasamontes ( after just 20km of the 228.7km stage and then jumped away alone with six kilometres to go. He was almost caught over the top but held on during the fast descent to win seven seconds clear. 2006 Clasica San Sebastian winner Xavier Florencio (Bouygues Telecom) was second, with Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile) third.

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