Tour de Romandie
Stage 2: Apples to Saint-Imier - Stage Details

Three-time 2014 stage winner Michael Albasini has once again shown his strength at the Tour de Romandie, claiming the second stage in Saint-Imier today.

Despite some struggles earlier in the day, the 34-year-old crested the final climb alongside ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates Simon Yates and Ivan Santaromita in a group of around 50 riders and was too strong in the final sprint, finishing ahead of Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling) and Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quickstep).

The victory also moved the Suisse, who showed his current form with a third place at La Fleche Wallonne last week, into the race lead.

“I actually was hurting a lot on the second last climb out here in Saint-Imier,” Albasini said. “But (the final climb) was quite a regular climb. After a really fast first part, the second part was more regular and I could stay in the bunch so I knew I had a good chance in the sprint.”

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:21:43
2 Jarlinson Pantano (COL) - IAM Cycling ST
3 Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) - Etixx - Quick-Step ST
4 Nathan Haas (AUS) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team ST
5 Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre-Merida ST
6 Damiano Caruso (ITA) - BMC Racing Team ST
7 Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha ST
8 Ivan Santaromita (ITA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Jan Bakelants (BEL) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
10 Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:21:43
8 Ivan Santaromita (ITA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
29 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
92 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:58
96 Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:58
105 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:58
109 Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:58
142 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:15:13