Teuns intercepts Dennis with perfect timing

Tour de Romandie: Großschartner ranks second


Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious) has won the 1st stage of the Tour de Romandie. | Photo: Cor Vos

27/04/2022 | (rsn) – With the very last kicks, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain – Victorious) passed the former world champion in time trial Rohan Dennis (Jumbo – Visma) and secured the victory on the 1st stage of the 75th Tour de Romandie. The Australian found at least comfort in leading the overall standings after yesterday’s prologue winner Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) got his hopes of defending the yellow jersey shattered after a crash with about 13km left.

“I knew the finish would come my way. I knew I had a chance the first time I crossed the finish line, but Dennis’ attack was a real surprise and when he drove away I had to start sprinting and go too full gas to the finish line, ”Teuns explained after his fine finish., which he rarely achieved meters before the line, Dennis was able to intercept, who had already fired all his pills.

“I had confidence, but the timing was important today. The distance from the last corner was still great”, the Belgian looked back at the hill final, where Dennis attacked early, but Teuns himself remained calm and used his strength better. In the end, his patience became rewarded with his second win of the season. “I want to see how it goes from day to day,” Teuns said when asked if overall ranking could still be an issue.

For here the winner of Fléche Wallonne improved by 50 places and is now number five. Dennis is in the lead with a lead of 16 seconds to Felix Großschartner (Bora – hansgrohe), who crossed the finish line in 27th place two seconds behind the top duo. Overall third place at the same time as the Austrian is last year’s winner Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers). Swiss Mauro Schmid (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) is the new fourth. Austrian Gregor Mühlberger (Movistar) and Schmid’s compatriot Gino Mäder (Bahrain – Victorious) are still well placed in the overall rankings.

Today’s best German was Simon Geschke (Cofidis) in 32nd place in the group of favorites and two seconds behind the winner. The 36-year-old is in 31st place in the overall standings. Geschke’s teammate Thomas Champion leads the mountain classification, Dennis is also listed as the driver with the best points. Schmid is the best young driver

This is how the race went:

178 kilometers awaited the 1st stage of the 75th edition of the trip through western Switzerland. Two sprint classifications and four mountain classifications awaited the route leading from La Grande Beroche to Romont. Even before the start, the field of participation shrank by one driver after the Australian Michael Storer (Groupama – FDJ) did not report due to a flu infection, which his team reported.

Five drivers broke away from the field early in the race: Julius Johansen (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert), Thomas Champion (Cofidis), Tim Naberman (DSM) and the two Swiss national team drivers Antoine Debons and Valere Thiebaud. First, the Spaniard Carlos Garcia Pierna (Kern Pharma) tried to catch up, but he could not reach the top and was put back in the field controlled by Ineos Grenadiers.

Both Thiebaud and Debons were born not far from the starting point, and the two local heroes mainly tried to conquer the mountain jersey. But the French champion successfully challenged them by winning the day’s first two special classification. The third mountain classification went to Debons, who also received the award for today’s most combative rider. Before the last mountain points, however, the quintet was stopped about 30 kilometers from the finish.

The Ineos team made sure the field got smaller and smaller at a high pace. A crashed 13 km from goal with prologue winner Hayter did the rest to reduce the field. In the last few kilometers before the last climb, it was the French Remi Cavagna (Quick-Steph – Alpha Vinyl) who tried as a soloist, but was caught again before the one kilometer long last climb.

With an early attack, the new leader Dennis shook all the favorites off the back wheel, but then did not have the stamina to win the stage – he was intercepted by Teuns just before the finish line.

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