Yates Wins Tour de Romandie
The fifth and final stage of this year’s Tour de Romandie was a 170.8-kilometer ride from Vufflens-la-Ville to Geneve. The terrain was hilly and featured one category 2 climb mid-stage and a category 3 climb later in the stage.
The beginning of the stage was dominated by multiple attacks from riders who wanted to take part in a breakaway in order to increase their chances of gaining success in the final opportunity of this year’s Tour de Romandie.
With 40 kilometers left of the stage Thomas Gloag (Team Jumbo-Visma), Robert Stannard (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Paul Lapeira (AG2R-Citroen) and Alexander Kamp (Tudor Pro Cycling Team) were leading the stage. However, they had a miniscule 23 second advantage.
33 kilometers from the finish the breakaway group had been caught and the sprinter teams were trying to set a fast pace at the front to deter further riders from trying their luck in further attacks.
Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R-Citroen), however succeeded at breaking away from the peloton. He launched himself together with the Tudor Pro Cycling Team duo Sebastien Reichenbach and Arthur Kluckers. The trio built a 30 second lead.
Movistar’s time machine Nelson Oliveira moved to the front of the peloton and set a fast pace to reduce the lead of the front group. Their lead was quickly reduced to 15 seconds. Meanwhile, the Lotto-Dstny team was lurking immediately behind Oliveira and his teammate. Movistar were hoping to set up their sprint ace Fernando Gaviria for a sprint across the finish line.
With less than 2.5 kilometers left the breakaway trio was finally caught while the pace was fast as the sprinter teams were setting up their stars for the final battle of this year’s Tour de Romandie.
Gaviria crossed the finish line first. Nikias Arndt finished second for Bahrain-Victorious, while Ethan Hayter (Ineos-Grenadiers) completed the podium.
In the final general classification Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) won Tour de Romandie in 17:12:42. Team Movistar’s Matteo Jorgenson continued his impressive season by finishing second, while Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious) completed the podium.
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