Updated: Monday, 23 June 2014 00:07 | By Agence France-Presse

Costa wins third straight Tour of Switzerland title

Portugal's Rui Costa won the Tour of Switzerland title for an unprecedented third time in a row on Sunday after winning the ninth and final stage.


Costa wins third straight Tour of Switzerland title

File picture shows Portugal's Rui Costa competing in the 5.57 km prologue of the Tour de Romandie cycling race on April 29, 2014 in Ascona, southern Switzerland - by Fabrice Coffrini

Costa, 27, crossed 14sec ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema with Swiss Mathias Frank 24sec off the pace following the 156.5km run between Martigny and Saas Fee.

The world time-trial champion, who finished third in the Tour of Romandie last month, sets himself up as a candiate for the Tour de France which starts on July 5.

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