Former world champion Peter Sagan came out on top in a sprint finish to the first stage of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday. Ineos rider Rohan Dennis managed to keep hold of the overall lead he claimed in Tuesday’s prologue. Sagan, riding for Bora-Hansgrohe, finished ahead of Italian Sonny Colbrelli and New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin after a 104 mile run between Aigle and Martigny in Switzerland.
This week’s race marks Sagan’s return to action following a break after the Tour of Flanders earlier this month. The 31-year-old contracted Covid-19 at the start of the year and struggled in the spring classics campaign.
“It feels good after three weeks without a race to come here and win,” said Sagan. “It was probably the only stage that suits me because the following ones will be very difficult.”
The 2015, 2016 and 2017 world champion earned his second win of the season after a six-man breakaway led by Dutch rider Thymen Arensman was caught coming into the final 20km.
His other win of the campaign came during the Tour of Catalonia.
Thursday’s second stage is a hilly, 102 mile ride between La Neuveville and Saint-Imier which features a near 5 mile climb at 6.8 percent gradient up the Vue des Alpes.
STAGE 1 RESULTS
|1||SAGAN Peter||BORA – hansgrohe||4:12:40|
|2||COLBRELLI Sonny||Bahrain – Victorious||0:00|
|3||BEVIN Patrick||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:00|
|4||PASQUALON Andrea||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:00|
|5||COVI Alessandro||UAE-Team Emirates||0:00|
|6||CORT Magnus||EF Education – Nippo||0:00|
|7||SMITH Dion||Team BikeExchange||0:00|
|8||VENTURINI Clément||AG2R Citroën Team||0:00|
|9||CATTANEO Mattia||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:00|
|10||MOSCA Jacopo||Trek – Segafredo||0:00|
|1||DENNIS Rohan||INEOS Grenadiers||4:18:06|
|2||THOMAS Geraint||INEOS Grenadiers||0:09|
|3||PORTE Richie||INEOS Grenadiers||0:09|
|4||CAVAGNA Rémi||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:11|
|5||SAGAN Peter||BORA – hansgrohe||0:12|
|6||TRATNIK Jan||Bahrain – Victorious||0:13|
|7||BEVIN Patrick||Israel Start-Up Nation||0:14|
|8||HERRADA Jesús||Cofidis, Solutions Crédits||0:14|
|9||HIRSCHI Marc||UAE-Team Emirates||0:15|
|10||CATTANEO Mattia||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:15|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini