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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

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Tour de Romandie prologue team reports

We posted the report from prologue winner Josef Cerny's Team Soudal Quick-Step with the results.

Here's the report from second-place Tobias Foss' Team Jumbo-Visma:

Tobias Foss has raced to second place in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie. The Team Jumbo-Visma time trial world champion came less than a second short. Czech Josef Cerny took the victory.

In Port-Valais, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the riders worked through a short prologue of almost seven kilometres. Team Jumbo-Visma aimed for a top result with the Norwegian Foss. The time trial specialist seemed to be on his way to victory for a long time. At the finish he realised that he was less than a second slower than the eventual winner.

Here's Foss' teammate Robert Gesink riding to 41st place. Sirotti photo

Foss: "I found a good rhythm, and it went well on the road. I was coached well from the car and gave everything, but someone was just a tiny bit quicker. To miss out on victory this way is never fun, but I'm pleased with how my legs felt."

The Norwegian particularly looked ahead to the Giro d'Italia, which starts in less than two weeks. He will be an important rider for Team Jumbo-Visma in the Italian stage race. "I intend to improve my form in preparation for the Giro and perform my part well. So my ambitions for this week are still modest. We will see how my form is. Also because I've also been a bit sick. Although this second place does give confidence."

Sports director Merijn Zeeman: "A second place is always the most thankless place. Especially when the difference is so small. Tobias rode a strong prologue, demonstrating that his form is sound with an eye towards the Giro. This also gives confidence for the time trial scheduled later this week, in which he can show his rainbow jersey again."

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Here's the report from fourth-place Nico Denz's Team Bora-hansgrohe:

A just under 7km individual time trial opened the Tour du Romandie today in the western parts of Switzerland. As one of the first riders Nico Denz showed an impressive performance and clocked a 7:29 which was for more than an hour the provisionally best time. In the end J. Cerny was 4 seconds faster than Nico, but still it was a promising start for BORA – hansgrohe as also Bob Jungels and Ben Zwiehoff put themselves in a good position for the upcoming days.

Nico Denz riding to fourth place. Sirotti photo

“I knew my shape is good and therefore wanted to give it a go. To be honest, I am also surprised by the result. I had good legs and found a strong rhythm which I was able to hold until the line. When you take the hot seat and wait there for such a long time it is of course not nice to have to leave it in the end, but the others have been clearly faster. Even without the small problem on the last 200m I wouldn’t have taken the win. So for me it is a good feeling to take my first ever top 5 result in a TT on WorldTour level.” – Nico Denz

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And here's the Romandie Tour report from UAE Team Emirates:

UAE Team Emirates put in a strong team performance on day one of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland, with Mikkel Bjerg and Ivo Oliveira both entering the top-10 in 7th & 9th respectively on the fast 6.8km course.

Mikel Bjerg racing ealier this year at the Dwars door Vlaanderen. Sirotti photo

Both riders crossed the line with the same time after clocking a ferocious average speed of 54kmph on the course starting and finishing in Port Valais.

Juan Ayuso made a welcome return to racing from injury, taking the 13th best time and showing positive signs on his debut event of the season.

Josef Cerny (Soudal Quickstep) went fastest on the day and takes the leaders jersey heading into Stage 1 tomorrow from Crissier to Vallée de Joux (170.9km)

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