Jakob Fuglsang wins Queen Stage at Tour de Romandie, Roglic maintains GC lead
Apr 28 2018 05:48 pm CET

Jakob Fuglsang wins Queen Stage at Tour de Romandie, Roglic maintains GC lead
Jakob Fuglsang wins Queen Stage at Tour de Romandie, Roglic maintains GC lead
Photo of Jakob Fuglsang © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has won the Queen stage of the Tour de Romandie. The Dane attacked in the descent and crossed the finish line on his own.

A route that featured three climbs of the first category and two of the second was what the riders had to face on the fourth day of racing in Switzerland. The escape of the day started after 30 kilometres and included Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott), Andrey Amador (Movistar), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Hugh Carthy (EF Education First).

With around 60 kilometres to go, Daniel Martinez (EF Education First), Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) jumped from the peloton to try to catch the escapees. Twenty kilometres later, the two front groups joined and maintained a gap of more than one minute with the pack.

Hard work by Sky reduced the gap considerably and during the last ascent of the day, Egan Bernal (Sky) launched his attack and was closely followed by race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). The duo soon caught the escapees that had already dropped from the front group like Izagirre and Carthy.

Some kilometres later, the two men launched a new attack and caught Buchmann and Nieve, the two remaining escapees. Soon, riders like Richie Porte (BMC) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) joined the front men while behind others were struggling with the steepness of the climb.

At around 28 kilometres to go, the climb proved to be too hard for some of the riders of the front group and Bernal and Roglic were left riding on their own once more. On the last descent of the day, Porte, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) rejoined the two men in front.

With 16 kilometres remaining, Fuglsang attacked from the front group and managed to create a gap of more than half a minute with the chasers. The Dane crossed the finish line on his own with an advantage of 49 seconds over Roglic, who was second, while Bernal was third.

The Slovenian maintains the lead in the general classification with one stage to go in the Swiss race, adding another two bonus seconds to his advantage over Bernal.




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