No time for rest at La-Chaux-de-Fonds
25 April 2012

Tour de Romandie (st. 1)

Rui Costa, Madrazo and Kiryienka -6th at the day's sprint- lead Movistar Team's presence as they get seven men into the 50-rider group coming together after a difficult stage one

Movistar Team keeps searching with no rest for a new victory in their 2012 account and fought relentlessly for success in the first road stage of the 66th Tour de Romandie. A rolling 183-kilometer route from Morges to La-Chaux-de-Fonds got decided into the final 30k, including two categorized climbs before the last 11 kilometers of downhill. At the finale, the Blue riders were the most active into the 60-rider group split after the last ascent.

Firstly with Vasil Kiryienka; then, twice with Rui Costa; and later on with Ángel Madrazo, the telephone squad led the carousel of attacks and also got four other riders into the peloton of favourites: Rubén Plaza –now sitting in 9th overall-, Jonathan Castroviejo, Branislau Samoilau and Vladimir Karpets. At the atypical sprint, Brit Badley Wiggins (SKY) took the victory and the yellow jersey, with an outstanding Kiryienka in 6th spot. Movistar Team will surely seek for success tomorrow as another similar stage is covered on day two: 149 from Montbéliard in France to Moutier, including the climb of La Caquerelle (Cat. 2) less than 30k from the finishing line.