Van Garderen Ninth in Tour de Romandie Prologue26. April 2016, La Chaux-de-Fonds (SUI) — Road Team
Tejay van Garderen stopped the clock at 5’44 in the opening 3.95km prologue at the Tour de Romandie to secure ninth place overall.
Cold weather, rain and snow made for some tough conditions on the short but hilly course, which saw Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team) take first place ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).
Quotes of the Day:
Tejay van Garderen:
“There was a window of pretty good roads and I think I got a bit lucky as Richie and some of the later guys in the last wave didn’t get so lucky, but that’s kind of prologues isn’t it? It’s always good to start on the front instead of on the back. There are a couple of the GC guys ahead of me, but to take a few seconds on some of the other guys like Froome and Quintana is always a bonus.”
“We all trained really well and altitude camp in Italy and we’re all really motivated for this race as it’s an important one for the team and with Andy Rihs being here in Switzerland. So we’re all here ready to put on a good show.”
“It’s a little bit disappointing. I think it was the luck of the draw with the weather. It’s not the best of starts as I know I’ve lost some time but there’s still three hard stages so we’ll see what we can take out of this race.”
“When I started warming up thirty minutes before my start the weather was absolutely brilliant with dry roads and then just as I finished the warm up I saw the rain coming down. It wasn’t sensible to take any risks out there so I think the main thing is to go into tomorrow without losing any skin.”
Tour de Romandie (2.UWT)
Prologue, La Chaux-de-Fonds – La Chaux-de-Fonds (3.95km)
Top 3: Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team), Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin), Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
BMC Racing Team
9. Tejay van Garderen
23. Tom Bohli
26. Brent Bookwalter
30. Damiano Caruso
101. Richie Porte
122. Peter Velits
127. Amael Moinard
142. Danilo Wyss
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