Omar Fraile wins final sprint, Primoz Roglic tops GC at Tour of Romandie
Apr 25 2018 05:37 pm CET

Omar Fraile wins final sprint, Primoz Roglic tops GC at Tour of Romandie
Omar Fraile wins final sprint, Primoz Roglic tops GC at Tour of Romandie
Photo of Omar Fraile by Astana Pro Team

Omar Fraile (Astana) has won the first stage of the Tour de Romandie. The Spaniard was the fastest at the final sprint and crossed the finish line ahead of Sonny Colbrelli and Rui Costa, taking his second victory with his new team.

The first stage of the Swiss race was 166.6 kilometres long and featured a rolling course. Five riders took the lead early on the day and created a gap of more than five minutes with the pack.

Remy Mertz (Lotto-Soudal), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), Will Clarke (EF Education First), Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) and Marco Minnaard (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) were ahead for most of the stage until the effort of the climbs showed its effect on the group. With a bit more than 20 kilometres to go, only Gougeard and Minnaard remained in front.

At 10 kilometres from the finish, only the rider of AG2R La Mondiale survived from the original escape and despite his effort, he too was reeled back in with 2 kilometres to go. In the last kilometres, there were some attempts to escape but they were repelled by the speed of the pack.

Astana's Omar Fraile and Bahrain-Merida's Sonny Colbrelli took the lead of the pack in the last hundred meters and the Spaniard showed to have better legs by crossing the finish line ahead of the Italian. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was third on the day.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic tops the General Classification and is closely followed by Rohan Dennis (BMC).






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