Tour de Romandie (finale)
Colombian 3″ off 10th place, Argentinian 14″ down as Slovenian Primoz Roglic (TJV) dominates TT en route to GC success.
The 73rd edition of the Tour de Romandie went into the hands of Primoz Roglic (TJV), who stormed to victory in the the 17km ITT showdown in Geneva, a course with two short ascents yet mostly composed of flat, specialist-suited sections.
With no top TT riders to contest the day’s success -Roglic took the honours by 13″ over Victor Campenaerts (LTS), with Filippo Ganna (INS) in third at 15″-, the day’s efforts from the Movistar Team were focused on fighting for a top-ten result with Carlos Betancur and Eduardo Sepúlveda. As the two finished just under a minute and a half behind the winner -with Winner Anacona as best from the Blues, 1’14” down-, Katusha duo Zakarin and Spilak’s better characteristics for time trials took the Colombian out of the top-ten -11th, just 3″ down on tenth-, with ‘Balito’ in 13th at 14″.
That was the end of the last WorldTour race for the José Luis Arrieta-led squad before the Giro, an event where the Blues shone early on with a strong Betancur, 8th at the Neuchâtel prologue on Tuesday and in contention for the stage victory a day later in La Chaux-de-Fonds.