Solo breakaway rider survives on stage two of the Tour of Romandie despite a heavy chase

Thu 26 Apr 2018

The second stage of the Tour de Romandie was predicated to finish with a bunch sprint, however, the breakaway prevailed and Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) was able to remain ahead of the chasing peloton to take a solo victory.

Mitchelton-SCOTT finished in the main chasing bunch with Carlos Verona in 25th place and Rob Power remaining 18th overall.

Expected bunch sprint 

The 176kilometre stage featured plenty of altitude metres but with a fairly flat run in to the finish, the stage was predicted to finish with a group sprint. Five riders decided to try their chances and broke away with in the opening kilometres.

The group worked well together to ride out to a maximum advantage of seven and a half minutes before LottoNL.Jumbo, Team Sky and Bahrain-Merida began to lead the chase to try and bring back the group as they still maintained a sizeable advantage with less than 40kilometres to go.

The breakaway split but stays ahead

The group of five leaders slowly fragmented with just two riders leading the way as the race entered the final 25kiometres.

Despite the fast chase from the peloton, De Gendt jumped away solo and held a three minute lead over the peloton. In the end the bunch was unable to bridge the gap to De Gednt and he claimed the victory of the day.

General classification test

After a prologue and two road stages, tomorrow the riders face the first real test for the overall classification with a challenging nine kilometre individual time trial, a day likely to set the scene for the overall contenders where valuable seconds can be won and lost.

Carlos Verona

“Today was the easiest day of this Tour de Romandie on paper, but in the end it has been another solid day. The speed has been really high in the bunch trying to chase down the five-man breakaway formed in the start of the stage, but the riders in front have been so strong and despite the efforts of many teams in the bunch, the breakaway has stayed away.

“It has been a kind of surprise because everyone was expecting a bunch sprint, but cycling is like this, until we arrive to the finish line everything can happen. 

“Today we have ride well as a team, supporting each other and trying to save as much energy as possible for tomorrow uphill TT. We have 5 guys in the game of GC and tomorrow will be the day where we will see where exactly we are.”

Tour of Romandie stage 2 results:

1. Thomas de Gednt (Lotto-Soudal) 4:03:05
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) +2:04
3. Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R) ST
25. Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 2:

1. Primo Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 8:14:25
2. Rohan Dennis (BMC) ST
3. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:04
18. Rob Power (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:17

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