Thursday, April 29 — La Neuveville to Saint-Imier, 164.4km
Sonny Colbrelli claimed stage two at the Tour de Romandie when the Italian won a reduced sprint finish ahead of Patrick Bevin on Wednesday. Rohan Dennis, meanwhile, kept hold of his leader’s yellow jersey after the Australian and his Ineos Grenadiers team-mates controlled the hilly stage, not allowing any attacks to go off the front during the finale of the 164-kilometer set from La Neuveville to Saint-Imier.
Despite losing 43sec to Dennis, who finished in the leading group at the same time as Colbrelli, Chris Froome (Israel Start-up Nation) moved up 42 places to 63rd spot and starts Friday’s stage 5min 9sec off the pace.
Stage one: Sagan sprints to victory as Dennis retains lead
Wednesday, April 28 — Aigle to Martigny, 168.1km
Peter Sagan claimed his first Tour de Romandie stage since his last appearance at the race in 2010 when the Bora-Hansgrohe rider won a sprint finish ahead of Sonny Colbrelli and Patrick Bevin on Wednesday.
It was the second win of the season for Sagan, the three-time world champion. It will provide the Slovakian a wee-timed confidence boost as he prepares for his second outing at the Giro d’Italia, which gets under way in 11 days with a short individual time trial in Turin in May 8.
In what was a scrappy finale to a lumpy and circuitous stage, Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) opened up his sprint first before Sagan jumped onto his wheel, taking Bevin (Israel-Start up Nation). However, once Sagan launched his decisive sprint, neither was able to respond.
There was no change at the top of the general classification and so Rohan Dennis will start Thursday’s hilly second stage wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, while Ineos Grenadiers team-mates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte are 9sec behind in second and third respectively.
Meanwhile, Chris Froome (Israel-Start up Nation) finished in the second group 3min 34sec behind the main protagonists and so despite moving up the general classification by 25 places, trails Dennis by 4min 26sec after just two days racing – one of which was a short prologue time trial.