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Simmons wins King of Mountain at Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas wins general classification
Quinn Simmons of Trek Segafredo takes home the red King of the Mountain jersey from the Tour de Suisse on Sunday. (Quinn Simmons/Instagram)

Quinn Simmons of Trek Segafredo won the King of the Mountain race during the eight-stage Tour de Suisse on Sunday.

Simmons began the tour with 13 KOM points to take the early lead, and once he put on the red jersey, he never let it go. Simmons scored another 21 KOM points on Stage 3 and 26 on stage six to finish first in the contest with 60 KOM points.

Fausto Masnada of Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl passed Nico Demz of Team DSM on stage seven with a 12-point day to take second with 31 KOM points.

In the point race, Simmons finished third with 18. Michael Matthews of Team BikeExchange-Jayco placed first with 30, followed by Andreas Leknessund of Team DSM with 20.

The general classification race wasn’t decided until the final stage, a 25.6-kilometer time trial on Sunday. Sergio Higuita of BORAS-hangrove took a 2-second lead over Geraint Thomas of Ineo Grenadiers into the final stage, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Thomas ended up taking second on the stage, finishing three seconds after Remco Evenepoel’s winning time of 28:26, to pass Thomas and win the GC title in 33 hours, 7 minutes and 9 seconds.

Higuita finished 11th on the time trial, 1:17 back, to finish second in the GC, 1:12 behind Thomas. Jacob Fugslang of Israel Premier-Tech finished third (+1:16), followed by American Neilson Powless of EF Education-Easy Pot (+2:10) and Stefan Kung of Groupama FDJ (+2:25) in fifth.