Soler (10th), López keep GC group in Saint-Imier; Villella into early break

29 April 2021
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Tour de Romandie (st. 2)

Movistar Team’s two main references get through selection at La Vue-des-Alpes (Cat-1) climb, alongside Cataldo, as Miguel Ángel now sits 3″ off GC top-ten. Davide leads stage through last 30km.

Italian Sonny Colbrelli (TBV) notched up at Saint-Imier, end of stage two in the 2021 Tour de Romandie, the sprint win he couldn’t take at Wednesday’s Martigny stage one arrival, leading home a 40-rider group after the day’s six categorized climbs and intermittent rain. The day’s racing also saw the Movistar Team seeking for the early break, with another Italian, Davide Villella, leading most of the stage.

Villella during his breakaway. (c) Movistar Team

The early, six-man attempt, with Villella quite active and taking points at the early ascents, was split by an attack from Rein Taaramäe (IWG) into the penultimate climb of the day, as the group was kept on a short leash by INEOS Grenadiers, which never let them gain more than 2’30” advantage. Davide’s move ended with 28km to go, with three of his team-mates taking the baton at the GC peloton: Miguel Ángel López, Dario Cataldo and Marc Soler, the best Blue over the line in 10th.

López at the finish. (c) Movistar Team

López sits now in 13th overall, three seconds off the top-ten, en route to the decisive weekend in Switzerland, which started with Friday’s lumpy route around Estavayer and continues with Saturday’s Queen stage, up Thyon 2000, and the TT showdown on Sunday, around Fribourg. Rohan Dennis (IGD) remains in yellow.

Cover picture (c): Movistar Team

Male Team 27 Apr - 02 May

Tour de Romandie SUI

(3rd Stage) La Neuveville - Saint-Imier (165.7 km)
  1. 01 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain Victorious 4h21'42"
  2. 02 Patrick Bevin Israel Start-Up Nation "
  3. 03 Marc Hirschi UAE Team Emirates "
  4. 10 Marc Soler Movistar Team "
  5. 11 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team "
  6. 21 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team "
  7. 71 Davide Villella Movistar Team +5'25"
  8. 117 Johan Jacobs Movistar Team +17'08"
  9. 119 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar Team "
  10. 134 Albert Torres Movistar Team +18'27"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 8h39'48"
  2. 02 Patrick Bevin Israel Start-Up Nation +8"
  3. 03 Geraint Thomas INEOS Grenadiers +9"
  4. 13 Miguel Ángel López Movistar Team +19"
  5. 23 Marc Soler Movistar Team +27"
  6. 33 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +31"
  7. 65 Davide Villella Movistar Team +5'58"
  8. 124 Johan Jacobs Movistar Team +28'17"
  9. 125 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar Team +28'23"
  10. 132 Albert Torres Movistar Team +29'50"
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