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2014 Tour de Romandie (Pro Tour), Switzerland

68th Edition: April 29 - May 4, 2014

Tour de Romandie podium history | 2013 edition | 2015 edition | General course map | Start list

Prologue | Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 |


Sunday, May 4: 5th and Final Stage, Neuchâtel 18.5 km individual time trial

Race day photos | Stage 5 map and profile |

Chris Froome

The Race: Christopher Froome has shown again that to win high-end stage races, being good against the clock is vital.

Today's 18.5 km individual time trial was lumpy, with a hill that had a patch of 18% gradient. It seemed to be a course perfectly made for Froome, who executed a superb ride, beating Tony Martin, the world time trial champion, by a second.

More importantly, he left the race leader, Simon Spilak, 29 seconds back, giving Froome his second consecutive Tour de Romandie victory. This is also Froome's second stage win this year. Early in the season, before he was beset with health problems, Froome won the Tour of Oman.

Spilak saved his podium place, coming in second, while world road champion Rui Costa remained in third.

Classification winners:

General
Christopher Froome
Team Sky
Points
Martin Kohler
BMC Racing Team
Climber
Johann Tschopp
IAM Cycling
Sprint
Martin Kohler
BMC Racing Team
Young Rider
Jesus Herrada
Movistar Team
Team
Movistar Team

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 44.674 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome Team Sky 24min 50.81sec
2 Tony Martin Omega Pharma-QuickStep @ 1 second
3 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 0:00:08
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:15
5 Ion Izagirre Insausti Movistar Team 0:00:20
6 Riccardo Zoidl Trek Factory Racing 0:00:29
7 Simon Spilak Katusha Team
8 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida 0:00:31
9 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr 0:00:35
10 Mathias Frank IAM Cycling
11 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:36
12 Jesus Herrada Lopez Movistar Team
13 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp 0:00:37
14 Rohan Dennis Garmin-Sharp 0:00:38
15 Beñat Intxausti Movistar Team 0:00:40
16 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEDGE 0:00:42
17 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:00:43
18 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team
19 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:44
20 Jean Christophe Peraud AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:45
21 Sergey Chernetski Katusha Team 0:00:46
22 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp 0:00:49
23 Jérémy Roy FDJ.fr 0:00:51
24 Nicolas Castroviejo Movistar Team 0:01:01
25 Egor Silin Katusha Team 0:01:04
26 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr 0:01:07
27 Reto Hollenstein IAM Cycling 0:01:08
28 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
29 Jack Bobridge Belkin Pro Cycling Team
30 Alexandre Geniez FDJ.fr 0:01:10
31 Nelson Oliveira Lampre-Merida 0:01:13
32 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Belisol Team 0:01:14
33 Rafal Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:15
34 Fredrik Kessiakoff Astana Pro Team 0:01:21
35 Yury Trofimov Katusha Team 0:01:25
36 Svein Tuft Orica GreenEDGE 0:01:26
37 Nicolas Roche Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:31
38 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:32
39 David Lopez Garcia Team Sky
40 Michael Hepburn Orica GreenEDGE
41 Jan Bakelants Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:01:38
42 Jonathan Hivert Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:46
43 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr 0:01:49
44 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 0:01:52
45 Pavel Brutt Katusha Team
46 Cyril Gautier Team Europcar 0:01:54
47 Jay Mccarthy Tinkoff-Saxo
48 Christopher Juul Jensen Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:55
49 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:57
50 Mikel Nieve Team Sky
51 Nathan Earle Team Sky 0:01:58
52 Georg Preidler Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:01
53 Jens Voigt Trek Factory Racing 0:02:02
54 Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar 0:02:04
55 Evgeny Petrov Tinkoff-Saxo
56 Martin Kohler BMC Racing Team 0:02:05
57 Olivier Zaugg Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:07
58 Alexei Tsatevich Katusha Team 0:02:08
59 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team
60 Xabier Zandio Echaide Team Sky 0:02:09
61 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team 0:02:10
62 Nino Schurter Orica GreenEDGE
63 Axel Domont AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11
64 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team 0:02:12
65 Andriy Grivko Astana Pro Team 0:02:13
66 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling
67 Sander Armee Lotto-Belisol Team 0:02:17
68 Sean De Bie Lotto-Belisol Team
69 Thierry Hupond Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:18
70 Winner Anacona Lampre-Merida 0:02:20
71 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
72 Alexis Vuillermoz AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:22
73 Silvan Dillier BMC Racing Team 0:02:23
74 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM Cycling 0:02:26
75 Michael Albasini Orica GreenEDGE 0:02:28
76 Ivan Basso Cannondale 0:02:29
77 Dmitry Kozontchuk Katusha Team 0:02:31
78 Danny Van Poppel Trek Factory Racing 0:02:32
79 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale
80 Albert Timmer Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:33
81 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale 0:02:34
82 Tom Stamsnijder Team Giant-Shimano
83 Andre Fernando Cardoso Garmin-Sharp 0:02:36
84 Pawel Poljanski Tinkoff-Saxo
85 Danilo Hondo Trek Factory Racing 0:02:40
86 Rafael Valls Ferri Lampre-Merida 0:02:41
87 Giovanni Visconti Movistar Team 0:02:43
88 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:02:45
89 Romain Guillemois Team Europcar 0:02:46
90 Damiano Caruso Cannondale 0:02:47
91 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling
92 Mikhail Ignatyev Katusha Team 0:02:48
93 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Pro Team 0:02:49
94 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr 0:02:49
95 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ.fr 0:02:55
96 Tom Danielson Garmin-Sharp 0:02:56
97 Caleb Fairly Garmin-Sharp 0:02:57
98 Francis Mourey FDJ.fr
99 Eduard Alexander Beltran Tinkoff-Saxo
100 Moreno Moser Cannondale 0:02:58
101 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling 0:03:00
102 Elia Favilli Lampre-Merida 0:03:01
103 Mikael Chérel AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:07
104 Darwin Atapuma BMC Racing Team 0:03:09
105 Eugenio Alafaci Trek Factory Racing 0:03:10
106 Tosh Van Der Sande Lotto-Belisol Team
107 Sylvester Szmyd Movistar Team
108 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol Team 0:03:15
109 Gang Xu Lampre-Merida 0:03:25
110 Tom Veelers Team Giant-Shimano
111 Luke Rowe Team Sky 0:03:30
112 Serge Pauwels Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:03:39
113 Luka Mezgec Team Giant-Shimano
114 Dennis Vanendert Lotto-Belisol Team 0:03:40
115 Jean-Marc Marino Cannondale 0:03:43
116 Calvin Watson Trek Factory Racing
117 Koldo Fernandez Garmin-Sharp 0:03:57
118 Davide Appollonio AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:31
119 Christian Meier Orica GreenEDGE 0:04:33
120 Christopher Sutton Team Sky 0:05:05
121 Oscar Gatto Cannondale 0:05:07
122 Cayetano Sarmiento Cannondale 0:05:03

DNFs:

Giacomo Nizzolo Trek Factory Racing Did not start
Bjorn Thurau Team Europcar Did not start
Tony Hurel Team Europcar Did not start
Roberto Ferrari Lampre-Merida Did not start
Manuele Mori Lampre-Merida Did not start
Brett Daniel Lancaster Orica GreenEDGE Did not start
Peter Velits BMC Racing Team Did not start
Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team Did not start

Final GC after stage 5: 632.47 km raced at an average speed of 38.77 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome Team Sky 16hr 18min 46sec
2 Simon Spilak Katusha Team 0:00:28
3 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida 0:01:32
4 Mathias Frank IAM Cycling 0:01:44
5 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:01:48
6 Beñat Intxausti Movistar Team 0:01:52
7 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team 0:01:56
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti Movistar Team 0:02:07
9 Jesus Herrada Lopez Movistar Team 0:02:15
10 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr 0:02:31
11 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp 0:02:38
12 Riccardo Zoidl Trek Factory Racing 0:03:29
13 Rafal Majka Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:32
14 Rigoberto Uran Uran Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:03:50
15 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM Cycling 0:05:30
16 Marcel Wyss IAM Cycling 0:05:32
17 Andre Fernando Cardoso Garmin-Sharp 0:06:44
18 Darwin Atapuma BMC Racing Team 0:07:24
19 Nicolas Roche Tinkoff-Saxo 0:07:30
20 Jan Bakelants Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:07:37
21 Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar 0:07:55
22 Egor Silin Katusha Team 0:08:59
23 Yury Trofimov Katusha Team 0:09:14
24 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:09:56
25 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling 0:10:01
26 Sander Armee Lotto-Belisol Team 0:12:22
27 Maxime Monfort Lotto-Belisol Team 0:12:48
28 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:12:56
29 Eduard Alexander Beltran Tinkoff-Saxo 0:13:05
30 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:18
31 Alexandre Geniez FDJ.fr 0:13:24
32 Jean Christophe Peraud AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:35
33 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team 0:13:47
34 Georg Preidler Team Giant-Shimano 0:14:10
35 Mikael Chérel AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:15
36 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team 0:15:22
37 Alexis Vuillermoz AG2R La Mondiale 0:15:26
38 Rafael Valls Ferri Lampre-Merida 0:15:55
39 Sergey Chernetski Katusha Team 0:16:14
40 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEDGE 0:17:18
41 Ivan Basso Cannondale 0:17:48
42 Nino Schurter Orica GreenEDGE 0:17:50
43 Rohan Dennis Garmin-Sharp 0:18:04
44 David Lopez Garcia Team Sky 0:18:10
45 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:20:00
46 Nicolas Castroviejo Movistar Team 0:21:41
47 Silvan Dillier BMC Racing Team 0:23:03
48 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp 0:23:26
49 Winner Anacona Lampre-Merida 0:23:44
50 Jérémy Roy FDJ.fr 0:25:10
51 Andriy Grivko Astana Pro Team 0:25:29
52 Mikel Nieve Iturralde Team Sky 0:25:32
53 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling 0:25:35
54 Pawel Poljanski Tinkoff-Saxo 0:25:56
55 Moreno Moser Cannondale 0:26:08
56 Francis Mourey FDJ.fr 0:26:17
57 Caleb Fairly Garmin-Sharp 0:27:21
58 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr 0:29:12
59 Cyril Gautier Team Europcar 0:30:09
60 Evgeny Petrov Tinkoff-Saxo 0:30:37
61 Tom Danielson Garmin-Sharp 0:31:02
62 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant-Shimano 0:31:34
63 Koldo Fernandez Garmin-Sharp 0:31:45
64 Dmitry Kozontchuk Katusha Team 0:32:20
65 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale 0:32:25
66 Jonathan Hivert Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:32:48
67 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Pro Team 0:33:51
68 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:33:53
69 Olivier Zaugg Tinkoff-Saxo 0:34:30
70 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr 0:34:58
71 Sylvester Szmyd Movistar Team 0:35:23
72 Jay Mccarthy Tinkoff-Saxo 0:35:24
73 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 0:36:40
74 Serge Pauwels Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:37:50
75 Christopher Juul Jensen Tinkoff-Saxo 0:39:02
76 Nelson Oliveira Lampre-Merida 0:40:42
77 Pavel Brutt Katusha Team 0:40:46
78 Jack Bobridge Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:41:21
79 Michael Albasini Orica GreenEDGE 0:41:59
80 Elia Favilli Lampre-Merida 0:43:42
81 Xabier Zandio Echaide Team Sky 0:44:15
82 Reto Hollenstein IAM Cycling 0:44:27
83 Tony Martin Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:44:51
84 Damiano Caruso Cannondale 0:45:28
85 Alexei Tsatevich Katusha Team 0:45:58
86 Tosh Van Der Sande Lotto-Belisol Team 0:46:41
87 Luka Mezgec Team Giant-Shimano 0:47:09
88 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 0:47:37
89 Jean-Marc Marino Cannondale 0:48:59
90 Thierry Hupond Team Giant-Shimano 0:49:17
91 Romain Guillemois Team Europcar 0:49:53
92 Oscar Gatto Cannondale 0:50:36
93 Christian Meier Orica GreenEDGE 0:52:14
94 Fredrik Kessiakoff Astana Pro Team 0:52:57
95 Davide Appollonio AG2R La Mondiale 0:53:52
96 Sean De Bie Lotto-Belisol Team 0:55:03
97 Albert Timmer Team Giant-Shimano 0:55:13
98 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr 0:56:34
99 Danilo Hondo Trek Factory Racing 0:57:31
100 Martin Kohler BMC Racing Team 0:57:37
101 Axel Domont AG2R La Mondiale 0:58:19
102 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling 0:58:27
103 Dennis Vanendert Lotto-Belisol Team 0:58:53
104 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team 1:00:07
105 Cayetano Sarmiento Cannondale 1:03:03
106 Jens Voigt Trek Factory Racing 1:04:00
107 Danny Van Poppel Trek Factory Racing 1:04:36
108 Svein Tuft Orica GreenEDGE 1:08:12
109 Luke Rowe Team Sky 1:08:52
110 Gang Xu Lampre-Merida 1:10:33
111 Calvin Watson Trek Factory Racing 1:10:44
112 Eugenio Alafaci Trek Factory Racing 1:12:39
113 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale 1:13:00
114 Michael Hepburn Orica GreenEDGE 1:16:37
115 Boris Vallee Lotto-Belisol Team 1:17:14
116 Tom Stamsnijder Team Giant-Shimano 1:17:35
117 Mikhail Ignatyev Katusha Team 1:19:36
118 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier FDJ.fr 1:19:43
119 Giovanni Visconti Movistar Team 1:19:48
120 Tom Veelers Team Giant-Shimano 1:24:16
121 Nathan Earle Team Sky 1:27:06
122 Christopher Sutton Team Sky 1:30:34

Stage 5 photos:

Simon Spilak

Simon Spilak during his last moments in yellow.

Rui Costa

Rui Costa

Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Jens Voigt

Jens Voigt

Johann Tschopp

Johann Tschopp

Jeremy Roy

Jeremy Roy

Chris Froome

Chris Froome looks to be back on track for the Tour de France in July.

2014 final podium

2014 Tour de Romandie final podium, from left: Simon Spilak, Christopher Froome and Rui Costa.

Stage 5 map and profile:

Stage 5 map

Stage 5 map

Stage 5 profile

Stage 5 profile


Saturday, May 3: Stage 4, Fribourg circuit, 173.1 km (first lap 28.1 km, then five 29 km laps)

Complete stage 4 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile |

Stage 4 finish

The Race: Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) has won his third Tour de Romandie stage. This time he didn't depend upon outsprinting a big field. Today, he earned it by getting in a strong break, staying with it to the end and outsprinting his companions. By the end of the stage, the break was reduced to just three (Albasini, Thomas Voeckler and Jan Bakelants) and the Orica-GreenEdge rider was easily the fastest of the trio.

Simon Spilak with Chris Froome finished in the peloton that was just nine seconds behind the Albasini break and so retained his one-second GC lead.

Tomorrow is the final stage, an 18.5 km individual time trial with a climb in the middle.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 40.833 km/hr

1 Michael Albasini Orica GreenEDGE 4hr 14min 21sec
2 Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar
3 Jan Bakelants Omega Pharma-QuickStep
4 Davide Appollonio AG2R La Mondiale @ 9 seconds
5 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr
6 Oscar Gatto Cannondale
7 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp
8 Luka Mezgec Team Giant-Shimano
9 Roberto Ferrari Lampre-Merida
10 Tony Hurel Team Europcar
Complete stage 4 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile

GC after stage 4:

1 Simon Spilak Katusha Team 15hr 53min 55sec
2 Christopher Froome Team Sky @ 1 second
3 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida 0:01:02
4 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:01:06
5 Mathias Frank IAM Cycling 0:01:10
6 Beñat Intxausti  Movistar Team 0:01:13
7 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team 0:01:14
8 Jesus Herrada Movistar Team 0:01:40
9 Ion Izagirre  Movistar Team 0:01:48
10 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp 0:01:50
Complete stage 4 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile

Friday, May 2: Stage 3, Le Bouveret - Aigle, 180.2 km; the queen stage with 4 category 1 ascents.

Complete stage 3 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile |

Stage 3 finish

The Race: Sky spent the day setting things up for a Chris Froome set-piece. And the attack came as expected, even if the final result was a surprise.

Vincenzo Nibali attacked the final Villars climb early, but didn't have the horsepower to make it stick and was caught by the front chasers. Froome then went with about 25 kilometers to go with Nibali trying, but unable to stick to his wheel.

Froome soared up the mountain and looked to be on his way to a stage win and ownership of the overall lead. But, out of the chasing group Katusha rider Simon Spilak emerged. Spilak bridged up to Froome and the pair headed for home.

Spilak barely beat Froome in the sprint, winning the stage. By virtue of the time bonus, Spilak also became the new GC leader by a single second.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 34.947 km/hr

1 Simon Spilak Katusha Team 5hr 09min 23sec
2 Christopher Froome Team Sky
3 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida @ 57 seconds
4 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team
5 Beñat Intxausti  Movistar Team
6 Mathias Frank IAM Cycling
7 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez Movistar Team 0:01:41
9 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
10 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp
Complete stage 3 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile

GC after Stage 3:

1 Simon Spilak Katusha Team 11hr 39min 25sec
2 Christopher Froome Team Sky @ 1 second
3 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida 0:01:02
4 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:01:06
5 Mathias Frank IAM Cycling 0:01:10
6 Beñat Intxausti  Movistar Team 0:01:13
7 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team 0:01:14
8 Jesus Herrada Lopez Movistar Team 0:01:40
9 Ion Izagirre Insausti Movistar Team 0:01:48
10 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp 0:01:50
Complete stage 3 results, GC, photos, stage map and profile

Thursday, May 1: Stage 2, Sion - Montreux, 166.5 km

Complete stage 2 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile |

Stage 2 finish

The Race: For the second day in a row, Michael Albasini has won a Tour de Romandie Stage. He has made it 14 wins this year for Orica-GreenEdge. In addition, Albasini's consistent riding has also given him enough bonus time to take the overall lead. Albasini is now five seconds ahead of yesterday's leader, Michal Kwiatkowski.

The day's break, pursued particularly by Omega Pharma (protecting Kwiatkowski's lead) and Orica-GreenEdge, was reeled in with just three kilometers to go. With super-speedster Marcel Kittel shelled on the earlier climbs, others with a good turn of speed had a chance.

Kwiatkowski went early, and did finish a commendable fifth, but Albasini won the day.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 39.585 km/hr

1 Michael Albasini Orica GreenEDGE 4hr 12min 22 sec
2 Tony Hurel Team Europcar
3 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek Factory Racing
4 Alexei Tsatevich Katusha Team
5 Michal Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma-QuickStep
6 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Pro Team
7 Tosh Van Der Sande Lotto-Belisol Team
8 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp
9 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team
10 Christopher Froome Team Sky
Complete stage 2 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile

GC after Stage 2:

1 Michael Albasini Orica GreenEDGE 6hr 29min 50sec
2 Michal Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma-QuickStep @ 5 seconds
3 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp 0:00:10
4 Jesus Herrada Lopez Movistar Team 0:00:11
5 Matthias Brandle IAM Cycling 0:00:12
6 Rohan Dennis Garmin-Sharp 0:00:13
7 Tony Martin Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:14
8 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:18
9 Christopher Froome Team Sky 0:00:19
10 Ion Izagirre Insausti Movistar Team
Complete stage 2 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile

Wednesday, April 30: Stage 1, Ascona - Sion, 200.9 km Brigerbad - Sion, 88.6 km

Complete stage 1 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile |

Michael Albasini wins stage 1

The Race: Stage 1 was shortened to 88.6 km because of snowfall on the Simplon Pass. The stage start was moved to Brigerbad (about km 110 of the original course), at the base of the 2000 meter pass. From there, the parcours was unchanged. See map and profile below.

On the descent out of Lens, Vincenzo Nibali did what he does best, scare everyone on a dowhill. The Italian gained a half-minute gap but was caught well before the finish. The indomitable Thomas Voeckler then tried his chances with a flyer at the flamme rouge, and he too was brought back to the fold just 50 meters from the line. That left it to the peloton reduced by the Lens ascent to have a drag race in Sion. Orica-GreenEdge's Michael Albasini had the speed and the right timing to win the stage.

Michal Kwiatkowski remain the overall leader.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 40.523 km/hr

1 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge 2hr 11min 11sec
2 Jesus Herrada  Movistar Team
3 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp
4 Maxim Iglinskiy Astana Pro Team
5 Andrew Talansky Garmin-Sharp
6 Matthias Brändle IAM Cycling
7 Rui Alberto Costa Lampre-Merida
8 Jonathan Hivert Belkin Pro Cycling Team
9 Björn Thurau Team Europcar
10 Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar
Complete stage 1 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile

GC after Stage 1: 94.170 km raced so far at an average speed of 41.077 km/hr

1 Michal Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2hr 17min 33sec
2 Michael Albasini Orica-GreenEdge @ 5 seconds
3 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin-Sharp
4 Jesus Herrada  Movistar Team 06"
5 Matthias Brändle IAM Cycling 07"
6 Rohan Dennis Garmin-Sharp 08"
7 Tony Martin Omega Pharma-Quick Step 09"
8 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team 13"
9 Alexandre Geniez FDJ.fr
10 Christopher Froome Team Sky 14"
Complete stage 1 results, GC, photos, map and stage profile

Tuesday, April 29: Prologue, Ascona 5.57 km individual time trial

Micahl Kwiatkowski

Complete Prologue results, course map and race day photos

The Race: Michal Kwiatkowski wasn't sure of his form coming out of the classics season. In the Ardennes races he did very well, indeed, with a third in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and La Flèche Wallonne and fifth in Amstel Gold. Would he be too tired to perform well today? I guess not. He beat the reigning world time trial champion (Tony Martin) by five seconds to win the Tour de Romandie prologue.

The 2013 overall winner, Chris Froome is recovering from sickness and has been out of competition for a while. Still, he rode to a commendable 13th place, just 10 seconds slower than the flying Pole.

BMC rider Tejay Van Garderen fell in a corner (he's bruised but uninjured) and lost more than three minutes.

Results: (both stage and GC)

Winner's average speed: 52.492 km/hr

1 Michal Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6min 22sec
2 Rohan Dennis Garmin Sharp @ 4 seconds
3 Marcel Kittel Team Giant-Shimano
4 Giacomo Nizzolo Trek Factory Racing
5 Tony Martin Omega Pharma-Quick Step 5"
6 Brett Lancaster Orica-GreenEdge 6"
7 Matthias Brandle IAM Cycling 7"
8 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing 8"
9 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin Sharp 9"
10 Martijn Keizer Belkin
Complete Prologue results, course map and race day photos

2014 Tour de Romandie general map:

2014 general course map


Start list with back numbers: April 29, 2014

Team Sky
Directors: S. Knaven/ G. Rasch
1 Christopher Froome
2 Nathan Earle
3 David Lopez
4 Mikel Nieve
5 Richie Porte
6 Luke Rowe
7 Chris Sutton
8 Xabier Zandio
 
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
Directors: G. Bramati/ J. Schaffrath
11 Rigoberto Uran
12 Jan Bakelants
13 Gianluca Brambilla
14 Thomas De Gendt
15 Michal Kwiatkowski
16 Tony Martin
17 Serge Pauwels
18 Julien Vermote
 
Movistar Team
Directors: J. Garcia Acost/ J. Laguia
21 Jonathan Castroviejo
22 Jesús Herrada
23 Beñat Intxausti
24 Ion Izagirre
25 Pablo Lastras
26 Juan José Lobato
27 Sylwester Szmyd
28 Giovanni Visconti
 
Katusha
Directors: D. Konyschev/ T. Schmidt
31 Simon Spilak
32 Pavel Brutt
33 Sergei Chernetckii
34 Mikhail Ignatyev
35 Dmitry Kozontchuk
36 Egor Silin
37 Yuri Trofimov
38 Alexey Tsatevich
 
Ag2r-La Mondiale
Directors: D. Jannel/ A. Kaspustis
41 Jean-Christophe Peraud
42 Davide Appollonio
43 Guillaume Bonnafond
44 Maxime Bouet
45 Mikael Cherel
46 Axel Domont
47 Damien Gaudin
48 Alexis Vuillermoz
 
BMC Racing Team
Directors: Y. Ledanois/ M. Sciandri
51 Tejay Van Garderen
52 Darwin Atapuma John
53 Silvan Dillier
54 Martin Kohler
55 Dominik Nerz
56 Peter Velits
57 Larry Warbasse
58 Danilo Wyss
 
Tinkoff-Saxo
Directors: F. Guidi/ B. Cenghialta
61 Nicolas Roche
62 Edward Beltran
63 Christopher Juul-Jensen
64 Rafal Majka
65 Jay Mccarthy
66 Evgeni Petrov
67 Pawel Poljanski
68 Oliver Zaugg
 
Trek Factory Racing
Directo: Alain Gallopin
71 Riccardo Zoidl
72 Eugenio Alafaci
73 Danilo Hondo
74 Giacomo Nizzolo
75 Jesse Sergent
76 Danny Van Poppel
77 Jens Voigt
78 Calvin Watson
 
Orica-GreenEdge
Directors: N. Stephens/ D. Partland
81 Michael Albasini
82 Sam Bewley
83 Michael Hepburn
84 Brett Lancaster
85 Christian Meier
86 Cameron Meyer
87 Nino Schurter
88 Svein Tuft
 
Belkin Pro Cycling Team
Directors: E. Dekker/ M. Heijboer
91 Laurens Ten Dam
92 Jack Bobridge
93 Stef Clement
94 Jonathan Hivert
95 Moreno Hofland
96 Martijn Keizer
97 Paul Martens
98 Lars-Petter Nordhaug
 
Garmin-Sharp
Directors: R. Hunter/ J. Weltz
101 Andrew Talansky
102 André Cardoso
103 Thomas Danielson
104 Rohan Dennis
105 Caleb Fairly
106 Koldo Fernández
107 Lachlan Morton
108 Ramunas Navardauskas
 
Team Giant-Shimano
Directors: L. Marie/ C. Guiberteau
111 Marcel Kittel
112 Thierry Hupond
113 Tobias Ludvigsson
114 Luka Mezgec
115 Georg Preidler
116 Tom Stamsnijder
117 Albert Timmer
118 Tom Veelers
 
Lampre-Merida
Directors: J. Fernandez/ S. Pedrazzini
121 Rui Costa
122 Winner Anacona
123 Elia Favilli
124 Roberto Ferrari
125 Manuele Mori
126 Nelson Oliveira
127 Rafael Valls
128 Gang Xu
 
Cannondale
Directors: M. Scirea/ G. Pauchard
131 Ivan Basso
132 Damiano Caruso
133 Oscar Gatto
134 Paolo Longo
135 Jean-Marc Marino
136 Matej Mohoric
137 Moreno Moser
138 José Cayetano Sarmiento
 
FDJ
Directors: Y. Madiot/ T. Bricaud
141 Thibaut Pinot
142 Kenny Elissonde
143 Alexandre Geniez
144 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier
145 Francis Mourey
146 Cédric Pineau
147 Anthony Roux
148 Jérémy Roy
 
Lotto-Belisol
Directors: K. Aerts/ K. Van der Wouwer
151 Maxime Monfort
152 Sander Armée
153 Sean De Bie
154 Bart De Clercq
155 Kenny Dehaes
156 Boris Vallée
157 Tosh Van Der Sande
158 Dennis Vanendert
 
Astana Pro Team
Director: Gorazd Stangelj
161 Vincenzo Nibali
162 Janez Brajkovič
163 Jakob Fuglsang
164 Andriy Grivko
165 Maxim Iglinskiy
166 Tanel Kangert
167 Fredrik Kessiakoff
168 Lieuwe Westra
 
Team Europcar
Directors: A. Flickinger/ L. Lebreton
171 Thomas Voeckler
172 Cyril Gautier
173 Romain Guillemois
174 Tony Hurel
175 Christophe Kern
176 Davide Malacarne
177 Maxime Mederel
178 Bjorn Thurau
 
IAM Cycling
Directors: M. Albasini/ R. Bertogliati
181 Mathias Frank
182 Matthias Brandle
183 Jonathan Fumeaux
184 Reto Hollenstein
185 Pirmin Lang
186 Sebastien Reichenbach
187 Johann Tschopp
188 Marcel Wyss