Tour de Romandie (st. 2)
De Gendt (LTS) beats bunch in Yverdon at eve of two crucial mountain stages in Tour de Romandie; Amador remains at top Movistar Team riders overall, 18″ behind Primoz Roglic (TLJ).
Thomas de Gendt (LTS) took to fruition on Thursday’s stage two in the 2018 Tour de Romandie, 174km from Delémont to Yverdon, a break started together with four other riders after just 4km into the route. The Belgian came across the line with more than two minutes over a peloton unable to bring back a group which ammassed a strong, seven-minute advantage through the halfway point of the stage.
The Movistar Team could just look at the sprinters’ teams’ work to secure a sprint finish before taking on their real chances in the race, as the mountains really loom from Friday. Together with Saturday’s Queen stage, the GC will be decided from tomorrow with a tough mountain TT from Ollon to Villars, 10km on average slopes exceeding 8%.
Andrey Amador remains as top Blue performer overall –20th, 18″ down on Primoz Roglic (TLJ)- after a day where all of the other five Movistar Team members racing in Switzerland -including Jaime Rosón, first at the finish (24th)- finished inside the main field.