Tour de Romandie

Stage 2) Le Locle - Morges

CH Switzerland, Thursday 02 May 2019
174.4 km

Tour de Romandie: Breakaway steals the show in the rain

Tour de Romandie: Breakaway steals the show in the rain

Thursday brought a change of décor at the Tour de Romandie, grey clouds, spitting rain and strong winds changing the nature of the race. After a brisk start to proceedings, a breakaway of six eventually established, slowly but steady opening a five-minute buffer over a peloton which didn’t look too concerned about this move.

The damp day didn’t bother the escapees too much, who despite facing two classified climbs on the roads to Morges – a stage finish for the first time at the Tour de Romandie – rode strongly and entered the last 30 kilometers with more than two minutes in their hands. A few kilometers later, Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ) attacked, dispatching his companions, and powered to victory, a minute clear of the peloton, who didn’t risk in the finale which featured a couple of wet corners and roundabouts.

Italian Champion Elia Viviani sprinted from the bunch and took fifth on the line for his 11th top 10 finish of the season, while James Knox concluded this tricky stage safely in the pack and retained his eighth place in the general classification. The overall remained unchanged, but could be in for a significant shake-up on Friday afternoon, on the hilly roads of Romont, the small town that will host the start and finish of stage 3, punctuated by four ranked climbs.

 

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Race details

1 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
4:10:59
2 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
0:59
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
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4 Simone Consonni
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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7 Michael Albasini
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Viacheslav Kuznetsov
Team Katusha Alpecin
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9 Giacomo Nizzolo
Team Dimension Data
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10 Andrea Pasqualon
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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32 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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112 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:42
116 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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117 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:00
131 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
8:32:13
2 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:10
3 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:12
4 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
0:13
5 Carlos Betancur Gómez
Movistar Team
0:14
6 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:15
7 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:17
8 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
9 Damien Howson
Mitchelton-Scott
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10 Winner Anacona Gomez
Movistar Team
0:19
98 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:09
105 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:38
109 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:47
111 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:54
129 Davide Martinelli
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:17
1 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
88 pt
2 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
75 pt
3 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
37 pt
4 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain Merida
30 pt
5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
30 pt
6 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
30 pt
7 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain Merida
25 pt
8 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
24 pt
9 Tom Bohli
UAE-Team Emirates
22 pt
10 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
21 pt
18 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
38 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
8:32:25
2 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:06
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1:00
4 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Movistar Team
2:29
5 Michael Storer
Team Sunweb
2:30
6 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
2:32
7 Patrick Müller
Swiss Cycling Team
4:53
8 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
5:05
9 Léo Vincent
Groupama - FDJ
6:06
10 Filippo Ganna
Team INEOS
7:11
18 Remco Evenepoel
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:57
1 Simon Pellaud
Swiss Cycling Team
30 pt
2 Diego Rosa
Team INEOS
22 pt
3 Patrick Schelling
Swiss Cycling Team
16 pt
4 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
11 pt
5 Jorge Arcas Peña
Movistar Team
8 pt
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
8 pt
7 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
8 pt
8 Gediminas Bagdonas
AG2R La Mondiale
7 pt
9 Geraint Thomas
Team INEOS
6 pt
10 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Movistar Team 25:37:32
2 EF Education First 1:50
3 Astana Pro Team 2:13
4 CCC Team 2:33
5 Groupama - FDJ 3:32
6 Team Jumbo-Visma 4:24
7 Trek - Segafredo 4:39
8 Team INEOS 5:23
9 AG2R La Mondiale 6:14
10 Team Katusha Alpecin 8:38

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