Tour de Romandie
Stage 1: Ascona-Sion - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Albasini sprinted to victory on the first road stage of the Tour de Romandie, ending a ten year drought for Swiss riders in their home country tour. Popping out from a reduced bunch with the finish line in sight, Albasini easily overtook Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), who was ahead of the bunch after a late race attack, en route to the win in Sion. It is the 13th victory for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 2014; the first for Albasini.

“I’m always really motivated for the Swiss races. Of course I want to show something when I’m racing at home. I’m really happy with the race today. It was a good win. It was important that I get some results out of the good shape I have now. It’s been ten years since the last Swiss rider won here, so I know the people here are also really happy about my win.” - Michael Albasini

“A few weeks ago, we had people wondering when we might get some results in Europe. In the past few weeks, we’ve won in Pais Vasco. We won Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and now we’ve won here. We’re ticking the boxes we should be ticking and adding a few bonus results as well.” - Sport Director Neil Stephens

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 2:11:11
2 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
3 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) - Garmin Sharp ST
4 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) - Astana Pro Team ST
5 Andrew Talansky (USA) - Garmin Sharp ST
6 Matthias Brändle (Aut) - IAM Cycling ST
7 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) - Lampre-Merida ST
8 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
9 Björn Thurau (Ger) - Team Europcar ST
10 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 2:11:11
44 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:04
59 Nino Schurter (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:53
76 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:57
110 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:51
112 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
131 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:15