Queen Stage in Romandie / Bunch Sprint in Yorkshire30. April 2016, Villars-s/Ollon (SUI) / Doncaster (ENG) — Road Team
Two completely different kinds of battles were on the cards on Stage 4 of the Tour de Romandie and Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire today.
The peloton not only faced the brutal queen stage at the Tour of Romandie, including three category 1 climbs, but heavy rain and freezing temperatures made for tough conditions in the saddle.
With 40 kilometers to go Tejay van Garderen made a gutsy move and attacked with Chris Froome (Team SKY) to build a steady 50 second lead on the group with race leader Nairo Quintana. Froome held on to win the stage, while van Garderen was caught just 200 meters before the line to finish in ninth place, with Damiano Caruso just behind in 12th place. Van Garderen now sits in tenth place on the General Classification.
On Stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, the peloton faced a short and flat stage for the sprinters which saw Danny van Poppel (Team SKY) win the bunch sprint, ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Nikias Arndt (Team Giant Alpecin). Rick Zabel crossed the line in seventh place to continue the team’s run of top ten finishes.
Quotes of the Day:
Tour de RomandIe:
Tejay van Garderen:
"I definitely think it is better to go down fighting than just sit there and conserve and get sucked into a top ten finish. In the end it was a big effort to move down a place on GC but sometimes I think you have to enjoy the process more than the result."
"I think this riding style of taking some risks is better and you gain more from it and learn more from it, and explore your limits a little bit more. Going from 40km out is a lot different than waiting until the last 3 or 4 km to make a move. So I'm definitely happy with today. I think it could have gone better and I wish I could have stuck with Froome to battle it out for the stage and move up on GC, but you have to take it for what it is and I think we fought hard today."
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“For me, the most important thing today was the mentality. Today I saw a big leader in Tejay van Garderen. He took responsibility and tried with 40 kilometers to go with Froome. Today he showed that he can react well and race aggressively. After a couple of stages that didn’t go to plan this stage was important for the morale and I think he can be happy.”
“Tejay showed he had big legs and Damiano Caruso also did a very good job to finish up there just behind Tejay. Damiano and Amael Moinard put in a couple of good efforts to get into the early breakaways that didn’t stick, and the team did a good job on a whole. Tejay is still in the top ten on GC but more than anything today’s stage was a good display of what he can do.”
Tour de Yorkshire:
“First of all it was an unusually late start and a short stage so everyone was still quite fresh in the sprint. I felt good and I’m currently preparing for the Giro d’Italia so I’m quite happy with my legs right now. We tried with 30 kilometers to go on the last climb to speed things up a little bit and I think we were only 30 guys in front. But it was too far out so no one wanted to work with us on the attack so it was a bunch sprint in the end.”
“I tried my best and was looking for a result before the Giro d’Italia to give me a bit of confidence going into it. It always nice to have a result going into a Grand Tour so this gives me a good feeling after my training in the last few weeks.
Tour de Romandie
Stage 4 Conthey to Villars-s/Ollon (172.7km)
Top 3: Chris Froome (Team SKY), Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
Tour de Yorkshire
Stage 2 Otley to Doncaster
Top 3: Danny van Poppel (Team SKY), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nikias Arndt (Team Giant Alpecin).
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