Tour de Romandie
Prologue: Ascona - Stage Details

Brett Lancaster was the best-placed rider for ORICA-GreenEDGE in the Tour of Romandie prologue, stopping the clock at 6’28 after the 5.57 kilometre effort in Ascona. His ride was quickest amongst the early starters and proved good for sixth place by stage end. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) continued to impress with his diversified skills, winning the prologue in 6’22 ahead of Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano).

Cameron Meyer has made no secret of his general classification ambitions. While the six day tour serves as important preparation for the team’s Giro d’Italia campaign, it also represents an important stepping stone for Meyer who thrice finished in the top ten in week long stage races last season. The West Australian slotted into 16th place, 11” off the winning time set by Kwiatkowski. Meyer was in good company with Chris Froome (Team Sky) 1” ahead and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 1” behind.

It was a day of three firsts for Mountain Bike World Champion Nino Schurter – first WorldTour race, first outing in ORICA-GreenEDGE colours and first time trial. The Swiss star had a highly respectable ride for a newcomer. He finished mid-pack in 88th place, 26” behind Kwiatkowski.

“In terms of the time trial, I told him just to go out and enjoy it. He started out far too fast. He did the first two kilometres really quickly and actually passed the intermediate check point only a couple seconds slower than Brett. The difference there was that Brett continued on at the same clip to the finish while Nino lost 20” in the second half. It’s very normal. I tend to think he’s glad to have gotten that out of the way.” - Sport Director Neil Stephens


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:06:23
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:04
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) - Team Giant-Shimano ST
4 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) - Trek Factory Racing ST
5 Tony Martin (Ger) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:05
7 Matthias Brändle (Aut) - IAM Cycling 0:00:07
8 Jesse Sergent (NZl) - Trek Factory Racing 0:00:08
9 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:09
10 Martijn Keizer (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:05
16 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:11
28 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:14
32 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:15
34 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
88 Nino Schurter (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:26
120 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:32