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2ND OVERALL AT ROMANDIE FOR GINO MADER AFTER HE AND CARUSO FINISH 3RD & 4TH ON THE FINAL STAGE

A herculean effort from Team Bahrain Victorious’ leaders on the uphill TT that closed the 75th Tour de Romandie saw Swiss Gino Mäder finish 2nd on GC in his homeland, and Damiano Caruso move up 12 places to 6th.

Caruso, starting in 18th overall, had briefly taken the hotseat from more established climbers Thibaut Pinot (GFC) & Steven Kruijswijk (TJV), before Aleksandr Vlasov (BOH), – eventual stage & race winner – went just over a minute quicker on the 15.8km course.

Meanwhile, after finishing with the leaders the previous day, Mäder had gone 3rd fastest on the TT behind Vlasov and Simon Geschke (COF), which put the local favourite on the provisional podium with the overnight green (Rohan Dennis, TJV) and white (Juan Ayuso, UAE) jerseys still on the 7.7km ascent of Saint-Luc to Villars. Both went significantly slower than Mäder & Caruso, and slipped off the podium.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 5th stage Aigle – Villars 15,84 km – 01/05/2022 – Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora – Hansgrohe) – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – Simon Geschke (GER – Cofidis) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Finishing 2nd in the Team Classification, with a stage win and a rider on the podium, it has been another successful week for the squad.

I’m really happy with today, because it was a really good performance, and I’m happy for Gino too, finishing 2nd on GC,” said Caruso after the stage. “Without the bad luck yesterday, maybe it could have been even better, but that’s bike racing

The Italian had been in contention for the overall before a mechanical 300 metres from the line on the summit finish of stage 4 meant he lost 38 seconds. But there can be no doubt that the team has achieved its objectives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 4th stage Aigle – Zinal 180,1 km – 30/04/2022 – Scenery – Peloton – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Lead Sports Director Neil Stephens was delighted with how the week had played out: “It’s been fantastic racing, and we’ve been involved every single day trying something. It’s a bit disappointing that Damiano had his mechanical yesterday in the final, but to walk away with not only the stage win but Gino 2nd on GC too, is more than what we expected and very very satisfying.

Mäder, already a stage winner at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de Suisse,  has been the centre of media attention throughout the week. He confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of the peloton with a best ever overall result in a stage race, following his 5th at last year’s Vuelta a España, but the 25 year old surprised even himself with his achievement on this final day.

We hoped for a podium, but I didn’t really believe in it until I crossed the finish line! I’m super happy, Damiano performed great, and as a team we rode well together the whole week, pushing each other. Yesterday was a bit of a frustrating day, but I think we bounced back pretty well – we can enjoy what was a good week!

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Tour de Romandie (5th stage): Ben O’Connor fifth overall

Ben O’Connor : « It’s a solid result »

« It was not my best day of the week but I went as hard as I could in the time trial. Taking fifth overall, while battling for stage wins, it’s a solid result. I am happy with the work of the whole team and proud of my overall position. It’s a good sign, especially since this season I have always finished in the top-10 in the final classification of the stage races that I have finished. I will stay in Switzerland for a few days to rest and reconnoiter some Swiss stages of the Tour de France before leaving for a training camp in the Sierra Nevada (May 12th to 29th). My form and my results are in line with what I expected for this time of year. The next goal is to get on the podium in a stage race»Ben

 

The number

3

Ben O’Connor, 10th in the time trial and 5th overall at the Tour de Romandie, finished in the top-10 for the third time in a stage race this season. He finished 7th in the Vuelta a Andalucia and 6th in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, where he won the third stage. He also won the Tour du Jura.

The news

17th at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Andrea Vendrame, despite having his chain jump in the final, finished in 17th place in Eschborn-Frankfurt which ended in a sprint.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Tour de Romandie (Stage 4) : Ben O’Connor 4th

Ben O’Connor : « It went well today »

« It went well today. Everyone was really good and committed to the cause of helping me for the best result possible. It was really windy so it was really difficult to make an aggressive move sadly. I made a mistake in the finish, I just got a bit blocked really, otherwise I thought I had the chance to win. Disappointed on one end, but at the same time super ready for tomorrow because I just have to stay calm, trust the good legs, and do the best time possible tomorrow. »Ben

 

The number

4

On the eve of the final time trial, Ben O’Connor is also in fourth place in the general classification, 25” behind leader Rohan Dennis.

The news

The selection for the Giro d’Italia to be unveiled on Monday

The selection of the eight riders from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM who will compete in the Giro d’Italia (May 6-29) will be announced on Monday.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

TEUNS TURNS ON THE GAS AGAIN FOR HIS SECOND UPHILL VICTORY IN A WEEK AT THE TOUR DE ROMANDIE

Team Bahrain Victorious’ ‘King of the Spring’ Dylan Teuns flew up another steep finish and passed Rohan Dennis (TJV) in Romont to take a 14th career win.

Exactly a week ago, Teuns had left Alejandro Valverde for dead at La Fleche Wallone, and while this finale (1.2kms at an average of 7%) wasn’t quite as steep as the Mur de Huy, the Belgian once again proved he is in incredible form, and is almost unbeatable when the road rises to the line.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 1st stage – La Grand Beroche – Romont 178km – 27/04/2022 – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

As expected on a rolling parcours, a 5-man breakaway had taken an early advantage that stabilised at around 3 & ½ minutes. With the end in mind, the peloton remained calm throughout the day, and Bahrain Victorious were instrumental in ensuring the escapees were caught with 29km to go.

There was a split in the bunch 14km later after a crash which took out several contenders, including race leader Ethan Hayter (IGD). Our riders avoided trouble, and although Remi Cavagna (QST) attacked late on, he was brought back with some sterling work by the team, notably Luis Léon Sanchez, Gino Mäder & Damiano Caruso.

At the foot of the final climb Brandon McNulty (UAE) tried his luck, before Dennis went over the top and looked to have the stage won. But as he’s done so many times before, Teuns picked his moment, and passed the Australian in the closing metres.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 1st stage – La Grand Beroche – Romont 178km – 27/04/2022 – Dylan Teuns (BEL – Bahrain Victorious) – Rohan Dennis (AUS – Team Jumbo – Visma) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

The team did a great job bringing me in a good position in the last couple of kilometres and I started the climb in perfect position,” said Teuns after the stage. “Timing was very important today and I think my timing was pretty good!”

Despite confidence in his timing, even he wasn’t confident of glory until the very last…

With 200m to go I was still thinking I’d go all out for second, and only in the last 25 metres did I think I could catch Rohan.”

Following victory at La Fleche, Wednesdays are clearly ‘Wins days’ at the moment for Dylan, and opportunity will surely knock again for the team as the race continues…

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS TO TOUR DE ROMANDIE

Bahrain Victorious will compete in their 10th stage race of the season this week at the 75th Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. It’s the final stage race before the Giro d’Italia, and is often seen as a good reference point for performance at the Tour de France later in the year.

Bahrain Victorious are sending a strong line-up of 7 riders, including Luis Léon Sánchez – double stage winner in 2012, who is back at the race for the 1st time since 2016

At last year’s edition Sonny Colbrelli won stage 2 and the Points Classification, but this time the focus will be more on the GC, with leader Damiano Caruso, fresh from victory at the Giro di Sicilia. The Italian finished 9th last year and will be using Romandie to sharpen up ahead of his first Grand Tour of the season.

The 5 days present a real variety of parcours, starting with a short prologue in Lausanne followed by 3 rolling stages offering opportunities for puncheurs, sprinters, and movements in the GC battle. The Queen stage is on Saturday, and sees over 4000m of ascending by way of 5 category 1 climbs before a summit finish at Zinal. The overall classification will be decided on May 1st with a 15.8km uphill time trial.

Neil Stephens, lead Sports Director summarises the task facing the riders:

It’s a fantastic and really demanding race, not only because of the mountainous terrain but also the weather can be quite challenging at times. It’s up and down throughout the week, and the uphill time trial really suits us

Along with the experience of Caruso & Sánchez, reigning Danish, European & World U23 time trial champion Johan Price-Pejtersen will be hoping to continue his development, having made his Paris-Roubaix debut last week.

Two more riders are previous winners in Switzerland: Hermann Pernsteiner, whose last victory was in Lugano, and 25 year old Gino Mader, who will be racing on home roads. Mader had something of a breakthrough season in 2021, winning stages at the Giro & the Tour de Suisse, as well as the Youth Classification at the Vuelta a España.

The selection is rounded off with Stephen Williams, starting his 3rd Romandie, and the team’s spring superstar Dylan Teuns. Sunday saw the Belgian achieve his 5th top 10 in the April classics as he sprinted to 6th at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, just 4 days after winning La Flèche Wallonne.

Stephens concludes, “We’re looking forward to very demanding but very beautiful race in Romandie

The Tour de Romandie starts at 1500 CET on Tuesday April 26th with a 5.1km time trial in Lausanne.

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de Romandie 2022 – Astana

Astana Qazaqstan Team for Tour de Romandie 2022

Astana Qazaqstan Team will take part in the UCI WolrdTour stage race Tour de Romandie, which will be held in Switzerland from April 26th to May 1st.

Rider roster: Valerio Conti, Stefan De Bod, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Antonio Nibali, Alexandr Riabushenko, Harold Tejada, Andrey Zeits.

 

Sports directors in race: Dmitriy Fofonov, Bruno Cenghialta.

Race information: https://www.tourderomandie.ch

Photo credit: @Gettysport

— Vitalii to www.astana-qazaqstan.com

Sobrero leads versatile Team BikeExchange-Jayco squad ready to tackle Tour de Romandie – Team BikeExchange Jayco

Team BikeExchange-Jayco will head to Switzerland for the Tour de Romandie with a versatile and punchy squad on the hunt for stage wins and a strong general classification showing.
 
Matteo Sobrero will ramp up his Giro d’Italia preparations at the five-day race, while Kiwi Dion Smith will give the team options in any potential fast finishes. Dutch climber Jan Maas will line up fresh off the back of his Ardennes Classics campaign, as will Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay.
 
New Zealander Sam Bewley and Italian Kevin Colleoni are both back in stage racing action after the Tour of Turkey, with Amund Grøndahl Jansen completing the squad as he returns to the fold following illness.
 
The Swiss race is bookended by time trials, with a short 5km prologue kicking things off and a 15.8km race against the clock on the final day. The stages in between feature rolling terrain and the Queen Stage on the penultimate day, which features five Cat.1 climbs and a summit finish.
 
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Sam Bewley (NZL)
Kevin Colleoni (ITA)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH)
Amund Grøndahl Jansen (NOR)
Jan Maas (NED)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Matteo Sobrero (ITA)
 
Matteo Sobrero:
I think the Tour de Romandie is a good point to start for the Giro, I don’t know exactly how my shape and my condition is after an altitude training camp, but I had good feelings in the training camp, so I’m looking forward to some results and I will try to ride for the GC.
 
The first time trial is a prologue, it’s probably a little too fast for me and short, I’m a small guy, a light guy, but the last stage, the uphill time trial is something that I never did before in a WorldTour race, so I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Mat Hayman (Sport Director):
“The first three stages of Romandie, after the 5km prologue, are undulating and having Dion there, we have someone who is punchy for those stages. Then looking at the GC, Sobrero is getting ready for the Giro, he’s just come down from an altitude camp and he’ll be looking to test himself in both the TTs and the mountain stage.”
 
2022 Tour de Romandie – Stage Details:
Tuesday, 26th April, Prologue: Lausanne – Lausanne (5.12km)
Wednesday, 27th April, Stage 1: La Grande Beroche – Romont (178km)
Thursday 28th April, Stage 2: Échallens – Échallens (168.2km)
Friday 29th April, Stage 3: Valbroye – Valbroye (165.1km)
Saturday, 30th April: Stage 4: Aigle – Zinal (180.1km)
Sunday, 1st May, Stage 5: Aigle – Villars (ITT) (15.84km)

Photo: Getty Sport
 

— Team BikeExchange to www.greenedgecycling.com

Tour de Romandie (April 26 – May 1)

Cyril Dessel: “Welded around Ben O’Connor”

« We are approaching the Tour de Romandie with ambition, united around our leader Ben O’Connor who has shown us some great things since the start of the season.
Considering his fourth place in the Tour de France 2022, he is definitely able to compete with the best and this week will give him a great chance to continue to refine his condition and to feel comfortable in his role.
The Tour de Romandie offers a unique configuration, at the crossroads between the riders who will be at the Giro and those who are “at the end of the cycle” after the start of the season. It’s a short event, with a prologue and a time trial in which Ben did well last year.
He will be well supported with riders of the caliber of Geoffrey Bouchard, Larry Warbasse, Nans Peters and Bob Jungels, capable of accompanying him into the mountains.
We are very sorry that Clément Champoussin is injured since he would certainly have been at ease in the hills as well. »Cyril

 

The number:

6

Ben O’Connor finished in sixth place in the general classification of the Tour de Romandie 2021.

The news:

News regarding Clément Champoussin and Clément Berthet

The victim of an undisplaced fracture of the lower end of the right radius on Wednesday during the third stage of the Tour des Alpes, Clément Champoussin will undergo additional examinations in a few days to determine the duration of his unavailability.
He will be replaced by Lawrence Naesen at the Tour de Romandie.

Clément Berthet fractured his left collarbone during the 4th stage of the Tour des Alpes. Additional tests will determine whether surgery is necessary.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Woods finishes fifth overall in Tour de Romandie

After a week of impressive performances, Israel Start-Up Nation finished off this year’s Tour de Romandie with a fifth place overall for Michael Woods.

Sunday, Tour de Romandie concluded with an undulating time trial in Fribourg. Leading the race overall after winning yesterday’s queen stage, Woods took on the challenging course wearing the yellow jersey. However, being up against time trial specialists like Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, Woods knew it would be a tall order to keep the lead.

On the wet roads, the strong Canadian fought admirably to limit his losses, ultimately seeing him cross the line in 28th place on the day. Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick Step) took the win, while Thomas (INEOS) won overall.

Looking back at the race, the ISN riders can be very content with their performances. In addition to Woods’ stage win in the mountains, Patrick Bevin finished third and second in the two bunch sprints earlier in the race.

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com

Woods wins Romandie queen stage


Israel Start-Up Nation’s team leader Michael Woods put on an impressive performance to claim victory on stage 4 of Tour de Romandie. Woods is also the new race leader!

With five categorized climbs, over 4,000 meters of climbing and a 20 km long final ascent with an average gradient of 7.7 %, today’s stage was always going to be extremely important for the general classification.

Early on, a breakaway of seven riders managed to distance the peloton. Mads Würtz Schmidt was quick to follow the moves and join the group. The break quickly opened up a gap of over five minutes, but the teams of the GC riders were not going to let the stage win slip away.

On the final climb of the day, the last rider from the breakaway got caught and then it was up to the favorites to fight for victory. Woods did well to stay in contention, always following the right moves before trying to go solo.

At the end, only Woods and Geraint Thomas (INEOS) remained at the front. In the final sprint, Thomas crashed leaving Woods to cross the line first and take the stage win and the yellow jersey.

Michael Woods: “I was really happy with the race today, really proud with how the team rode and how my legs felt. The guys just did such a great job in delivering me and Mads got into the breakaway and was able to help position me for the final climb. I had really good legs and, ya, just felt awesome. Didn’t want to take the yellow the way I took it, I didn’t want to see Geraint Thomas go down the way he did, but it’s special to be in a yellow jersey at a WorldTour race. I’m really proud of myself and hopefully I can land a podium tomorrow.”

— MC to israelcyclingacademy.com