Jan Tratnik takes victory at Tour de Romandie prologue
Apr 30 2019 11:38 pm CET

Jan Tratnik takes victory at Tour de Romandie prologue
Jan Tratnik takes victory at Tour de Romandie prologue
Bahrain-Merida © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Bahrain-Merida's Jan Tratnik took the victory at the prologue of the Tour de Romandie. The Slovenian finished the course in five minutes and six seconds, one second faster than defending champion Primoz Roglic.

The prologue of the Swiss race took the riders through a 3.87-kilometre course in Neuchatel that included a bit of a climb in the middle over a cobblestone street. The first riders to set competitive times included Dimension Data's Danilo Wyss, Katusha's Ilnur Zakarin and Movistar's Eduardo Sepulveda.

The new holder of the hour record Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) was one of the favourites for the day but suffered a crash that stopped him from taking the victory. Then came other riders like Thomas De Gendt and Rui Costa, who completed the course in less than five minutes and 20 seconds.

But Jumbo-Visma's Tony Martin, current time trial champion of Germany, stopped the clock in five minutes and ten seconds, taking a long time on the hot seat. But his time at the top of the day's classification finished when UAE-Team Emirates' Tom Bohli crossed the finish line in five minutes and seven seconds.

Soon after, the winner of the 2018 Tour de Romandie Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) went down the ramp and five minutes and seven seconds later finished the course, setting the best provisional time of the first day of competition in Switzerland. The next rider to get on the hot seat was Bahrain-Merida's Jan Tratnik, who stopped the clock in five minutes and six seconds.

Riders like Geraint Thomas, Stefan Küng and Steven Kruisjwik were among the last ones to finish the prologue but none could beat Tratnik's time. The three riders finished in the top ten of the stage ahead of the first stage of the competition.




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