That’s a Wrap on the Tour de Romandie1. May 2016, Geneva (SUI) — Road Team
Tour de Romandie wrapped up today with a flat stage from Ollon to Geneva which saw Tom Bohli launch a blistering attack with one kilometer to go before being caught just meters before the line.
Bohli crossed the line to finish in eighth place and Tejay van Garderen finished safely in the peloton to hold onto his tenth place on the General Classification.
Stage 5 capped off an eventful week of racing, from which the team has experienced highs and lows.
Take a look at what Sports Director Yvon Ledanois, van Garderen and Bohli had to say on the finish line.
Quotes of the Day:
Tejay van Garderen:
“It’s definitely been a week of highs and lows but I think I can take a fair bit away from the Tour de Romandie. I had two solid time trial performances and then had a good day on stage 4 to launch the attack with Froome, so I’m happy. It was a good test of the legs and another step towards the Tour de France in July.”
“To be honest I have mixed feelings between being happy and being really disappointed. I’m really happy that I got the chance from the team, that they all trusted me to deliver a good job and that they were prepared to help me. I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out and I really suffered in the last few hundred meters. But the important thing is that I had a good try and know what I need to work on and how to improve. I hope I was able to show the team what I am capable of doing at the WorldTour level.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“During the race meeting we discussed our options and I asked the riders to do what they could. We tried to get in the breakaway with Brent Bookwalter but there were a lot of attacks and strong heads winds so this didn’t work out. We were confident that Tom could do a job in the final with the support of Danilo Wyss and the rest of the team and he did a super job.”
“The whole team worked really well. We had Brent, Amael Moinard and Peter Velits working on the front with 25 kilometers to go to pull the breakaway back and they did a great job. I think Tom showed what he can do and I’m sure that next year he will be winning a stage like this one.”
“It was a good week of racing. With Tejay in the top ten on GC and the strength the team showed, we can walk away happy from the race. The guys showed they have a good team spirit.”
Tour de Romandie
Stage 5 Ollon – Geneva (177.4km)
Top 3: Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEDGE), Andrey Amador (Movistar Team), Wilco Kelderman (Team LottNL-Jumbo)
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See photos from the race.