Michael Albasini Takes First Stage On Tour of Romandie


LAUSANNE, April 30, 2014 (AFP) – Michael Albasini of Switzerland won a
shortened first stage in front of his home fans on the Tour of Romandie on

The scheduled 203km ride between Ascona and Sion was reduced to just 88
kilometres from Bigerbrad because of snow on the Simplon Pass, and
Orica-Greenedge rider Albasini triumphed in a sprint after 2hr 11min 11sec
ahead of Spain’s Jesus Herrada and Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas.

After what was the first Swiss win in the race for 10 years, Albasini told
local television: “The objective was to win a stage, and I have already done
it. But you can’t ever settle for what you’ve got, you must always want to

Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland, who won the prologue in Ascona on Tuesday,
retained the overall race lead but he is only five seconds ahead of Albasini.

Britain’s Chris Froome, who won the Tour of Romandie last year before going
on to win the Tour de France, is 10th overall, 14 seconds off the pace.

Thursday’s second stage will be 166.5km from Sion to Montreux, which is
likely to finish in a sprint and so could favour Albasini once again.

The six-day event concludes on Sunday.

Results of the Tour of Romandie first
stage, a 203km run (shortened to 88km) between Ascona and Sion on Wednesday:

1. Michael Albasini (SUI/ORI) 2h11min 11sec, 2. José Herrada Lopez
(ESP/MOV) same time, 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) s.t., 4. Maxim
Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) s.t., 5. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) s.t.
7. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) same time, 12. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) s.t.,
26. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) at 4secs, 39. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) same time, 40.
Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) s.t.

Overall standings
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 2h17min 33sec, 2. Michael Albasini
(SUI/ORI) at 5 secs, 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) same time, 4. José
Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) s.t., 5. Matthias Brandle (AUT/IAM) 7
7. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) at 9sec, 10. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 14, 13. Rui
Costa (POR/LAM) 16, 16. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 16