Chris Froome On Course For Tour de France Defence

by St├ęphanie PERTUISET NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, May 04, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome said he was bang on track to defend his Grand Boucle crown after retaining his Tour of Romandie title by winning Sunday's final stage time-trial. Froome began the 18.5km individual time-trial around Neuchatel just one second behind yellow jersey wearer Simon Spilak but the … [Read more...]

Tour of Romandie Stage 4 Report and Results

LAUSANNE, May 03, 2014 (AFP) - Swiss Michael Albasini made it a hat-trick of victories in the Tour of Romandie by winning Saturday's fourth stage after 175km around Fribourg. Slovenia's Simon Spilak kept his one second lead over Tour de France winner Chris Froome in the overall standings. Albasini, who had already won the first and second stages on Wednesday and Thursday, beat … [Read more...]

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 Wednesday. 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 … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Tour of Romandie Prologue

LAUSANNE, April 29, 2014 (AFP) - Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski of the Omega Pharma team won the prologue to the Tour of Romandie on Tuesday in the Swiss town of Ascona. Kwiatkowski recorded the quickest time on the short 5.57km course, of 6min 22sec, to beat Rohan Dennis of Australia by two seconds and Germany's Marcel Kittel by four seconds. Triple world time-trial champion Tony Martin … [Read more...]

Froome Boosts Tour de France Bid With Romandie Win

LAUSANNE, April 28, 2013 (AFP) - British rider Chris Froome won the Tour of Romandie on Sunday for his third big win of the season. The 27-year-old Team Sky cyclist - the Olympic time-trial bronze medalist and second in last year's Tour de France - had 54 seconds to spare over second-placed Slovenian Simon Spilak while Portugal's Rui Costa filled third spot just as he did last year. … [Read more...]

Spilak Wins Romandie Stage 4, As Froome Extends Lead

LAUSANNE, April 27, 2013 (AFP) - Slovene Simon Spilak won the fourth stage of the Tour of Romandie on Saturday as Chris Froome extended his overall lead. Briton Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey as he finished just behind Spilak after 188.5km from Marly to Les Diablerets. In dismal weather conditions the lead pair finished more than a minute ahead of Rui Alberto Da … [Read more...]

Tour of Romandie Stage Three

LAUSANNE, April 26, 2013 (AFP) - Belgian Gianni Meersman won the third stage of the Tour of Romandie on Friday following a 181km ride around Payerne. The 27-year-old Omega Pharma rider beat Italian Francesco Gavazzi and Switzerland's Michael Albasini in a sprint finish. It was Meersman's second stage win in the tour after his success in Wednesday's first stage but Britain's Chris … [Read more...]

Team Sky Rider Chris Froome Wins Tour of Romandie Prologue

LAUSANNE, April 23, 2013 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome, the pre-race favorite, on Tuesday won the Tour of Romandie prologue, a 7.4km ride between Chable and Bruson, in a time of 13min 15secs. The Sky team leader finished six seconds ahead of American rider Andrew Talansky, while Croatia's Robert Kiserlovski, was third, 13 seconds adrift of first place. Wednesday's first stage … [Read more...]

Wiggins Stamps His Tour Intentions In Romandie

CRans-montana, Switzerland, April 29, 2012 (AFP) - British cycling star Bradley Wiggins reinforced his standing as one of the key contenders for this year's Tour de France with success in the Tour de Romandie on Sunday. The Team Sky star, winner already this year of the Paris-Nice stage race, was lying second overall, nine seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez, going into the fifth and final … [Read more...]

Sanchez Wins In Romandie To Close Gap To Wiggins

CHARMEY, Switzerland, April 27, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez capped an impressive uphill sprint with victory in the Tour of Romandie third stage Friday, closing the gap to race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain. The versatile Rabobank rider, upstaged by Frenchman Jonathan Hivert in a similar finale on Thursday, timed his effort to perfection to finish ahead of Belgian Gianni … [Read more...]