Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli sprinted to victory on the second stage of the Tour de Romandie on Thursday as peloton heavyweights Chris Froome and Peter Sagan slipped off the pace. Colbrelli, of the Bahrain team, celebrated his first win of 2021 after edging out New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin and Marc Hirschi of Switzerland on the 103 mile run between La Neuveville and Saint-Imier.
“Yesterday was for (Peter) Sagan, today it worked for me and I’m happy,” said 30-year-old Colbrelli who was second on the opening stage on Wednesday.
“On the last climb, I managed to hang on.”
Bevin also moved into second place in the overall standings behind Australian race leader Rohan Dennis of Ineos.
On a good day for Ineos, 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, and teammate Richie Porte finished the day just nine seconds off the lead.
Former Ineos rider Froome, the four-time Tour de France winner, who now competes for Israel Start-Up Nation, did not figure in the group of 36 which pushed for victory.
He was dropped on the climb up Vue des Alpes and ended the day more than five minutes off the lead.
Former world champion Sagan, who won the opening stage on Wednesday, is now 7:44 off the pace.
STAGE 2 RESULTS
|1||COLBRELLI Sonny||Bahrain – Victorious||4:21:42|
|2||BEVIN Patrick||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:00|
|3||HIRSCHI Marc||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|4||CHAMPOUSSIN Clément||AG2R Citroën Team||0:00|
|5||ULISSI Diego||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|6||KELDERMAN Wilco||BORA – hansgrohe||0:00|
|7||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team DSM||0:00|
|8||MASNADA Fausto||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:00|
|9||COSTA Rui||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|10||SOLER Marc||Movistar Team||0:00|
|1||DENNIS Rohan||INEOS Grenadiers||8:39:48|
|2||BEVIN Patrick||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:08|
|3||THOMAS Geraint||INEOS Grenadiers||0:09|
|4||PORTE Richie||INEOS Grenadiers||0:09|
|5||COLBRELLI Sonny||Bahrain – Victorious||0:09|
|6||HIRSCHI Marc||UAE-Team Emirates||0:11|
|7||HERRADA Jesús||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:14|
|8||CATTANEO Mattia||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:15|
|9||KELDERMAN Wilco||BORA – hansgrohe||0:16|
|10||VAN WILDER Ilan||Team DSM||0:16|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini