Tour de Romandie: Wyss Races on Home Roads, Dennis and Porte in GC Contention26. April 2018, Yverdon-les-Bains (SUI) — Road Team
Tour de Romandie stage 2 saw Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) take a solo stage win as Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte finished safely in the main bunch alongside local rider, Danilo Wyss, to stay in contention on the General Classification ahead of a potentially decisive day tomorrow.
The road began to rise from KM 0 today with an early five-rider breakaway reaching the summit of the first of two categorized climbs, after just 11.5km racing, with an advantage of 2’40”.
From there, the gap went out to over seven minutes as the road rolled over a series of short climbs before descending towards the bottom of the Col des Etroits, a 5.6km category two climb with pitches of up to 9% in places.
The peloton was forced to pick up the pace at the foot of the climb but, despite this increase, the three remaining leaders were still more than five minutes ahead as they crossed the line to start the final 34.3km lap around Yverdon-les-Bains.
Kilian Frankiny was helping to drive the chase heading into the final 25km of the day with Nathan Brown (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) and De Gendt, who both threatened the status quo on the General Classification, holding onto their advantage.
De Gendt soon went solo and with a lead of 3’30” going past the 10km to go mark, the stage win was all but wrapped up while behind, BMC Racing Team continued to sit well-positioned in the first half of the peloton.
In the end, the main bunch crossed the line just over two minutes behind De Gendt with Danilo Wyss, who was racing on his home roads, crossing the line as BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider.
After coming under pressure during the stage, Primož Roglič was able to retain the yellow jersey with Dennis still sitting second on the same time as the Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider.
Meanwhile, Porte moved up into ninth overall and heads into tomorrow’s 9.9km uphill individual time trial 13 seconds back on the General Classification.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“I was almost riding in my garden today. Yverdon-les-Bains is only 15km from my home so I know all the roads and of course, I was able to do a recon of the final circuit in the weeks leading up to the race. Plus, it meant that I can say hello to my family today too.”
“It was a tough race today. There was a strong breakaway out in front and we know that if Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) is in the front, it’s always going to be a hard day. Plus today he had a really strong group with him so it was a hard day for everyone I think.”
“Today the main goal was to bring our leaders to the finish line safely and without losing too much energy ahead of the time trial tomorrow. The goal for them was to keep their strength for tomorrow which is a big day for the General Classification.”
“I am still feeling okay. Of course, I lost some energy today but that’s my role in the team. I have lots of experience though after 11 years in the pro peloton so after two days, I still energy left in the tank.”
“The tactic for me tomorrow will be similar to the one of our leaders today. I will try to save energy ahead of Saturday’s stage in Sion where I know I will have a lot of work to do for the team.”
Tour de Romandie
Stage 2: Delémont > Yverdon-les-Bains, 173.9km
Top 3: 1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team) 3. Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 35. Danilo Wyss 38. Richie Porte 51. Joey Rosskopf
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