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Cancellara takes yellow jersey in final Tour of Switzerland

Fabian Cancellara

Trek Factory Racing’s Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland celebrates his victory winning the third stage of the Mallorca Challenge cycling race in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Joan Llado)


BAAR, Switzerland (AP) Home favorite Fabian Cancellara rode on rain-slicked roads to win the opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.

Cancellara, the former world and Olympic champion in time trial, was one second faster than Jurgen Roelandts of Belgium to clock seven minutes 38 seconds for the 6.4-kilometer (4-mile) route.

The 35-year-old Trek-Segafredo racer, who will retire after the season, says: “Having a win in my last Tour de Suisse means a lot.”

Luke Durbridge of Australia was third, trailing two seconds behind Cancellara.

Peter Sagan, the world road race champion from Slovakia, was 19 seconds back in 30th place.

The Swiss race, the last major warm-up for the Tour de France in July, continues Sunday with a 187.6-kilometer (116.6-mile) route around Baar.