Tour de Romandie: Peter Sagan wins from bunch sprint

Rohan Dennis maintains his position at the top of the overall standings as Peter Sagan takes comfortable stage win.

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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won a wet and windy stage 1 of the Tour of Romandie from a bunch sprint Wednesday.

The victory was his first for 11 years at the Swiss race and saw him beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious) and Patick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation) to the line in Martigny.

“I’m really happy to win again in the Tour de Romandie. In 2010 I had taken the first road stage and here I am eleven years later with another victory,” Sagan said. “I have to thank my teammates for their great job today, in the last two laps they were pulling in the front and after the last climb, they held the bunch together.

“It feels nice after three weeks without any racing to come here and win, probably the only stage suited to me because the following ones will be very hard. Thanks as well to the whole team and its sponsors for their continuous support.”

Colbrelli took the sprint on first, launching his effort from the wheel of his leadout man with about 250 meters to go. Sagan was quick to respond, moving into the slipstream of the Italian initially before ramping up the pace inside the final 150 meters.

On damp and slippery roads, it was not the quickest of bunch finishes but Sagan stormed home almost a bike length ahead of Colbrelli, much to the consternation of the Bahrain-Victorious rider.

After a difficult spring, it shows that Sagan’s form is heading in the right direction ahead of the Giro d’Italia next week.

Ineos Grenadiers keep GC stranglehold

Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) finished comfortably in the peloton to maintain his position as race leader. He holds a nine-second lead over his teammates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, with Sagan now up to fifth place overall thanks to the bonus seconds he earned on the line.

“We rode a good tempo, we made sure that we kept a breakaway within distance. It was pretty straightforward,” Dennis said of the stage.

“Tomorrow will be more complicated than today, we will see what the legs can do. There is a bit more climbing than today. If I go down, I will go down swinging, but both of the guys can climb with the best in the world so there is no stress from me.

“I think that Saturday will be a pretty decisive day. In the end, my head is saying that I’m here if they guys need me on the front, even with this jersey on, I’ll ride.”

A small bunch

The size of the peloton had been drastically reduced as it approached the finishing stretch into Martigny after a day in the hills of Romandie. A stiff headwind for much of the final 20km made it even harder for dropped riders to regain contact.

Several teams sought to take advantage of the smaller bunch and there were multiple attacks inside the last 20km. However, the combined might of Ineos Grenadiers, the sprinters’ teams and the headwind ensured none of them succeeded.

Tour de Romandie Stage 1 Results

1SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe4:12:40
2COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain - Victorious0:00
3BEVIN PatrickIsrael Start-Up Nation0:00
4PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
5COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates0:00
6CORT MagnusEF Education - Nippo0:00
7SMITH DionTeam BikeExchange0:00
8VENTURINI ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:00
9CATTANEO MattiaDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
10MOSCA JacopoTrek - Segafredo0:00
11COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates0:00
12HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates0:00
13BAKELANTS JanIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
14BARBERO CarlosTeam Qhubeka ASSOS0:00
15VILLELLA DavideMovistar Team0:00
16KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
17KELDERMAN WilcoBORA - hansgrohe0:00
18HAIG JackBahrain - Victorious0:00
19DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
20MASNADA FaustoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
21HAMILTON LucasTeam BikeExchange0:00
22CARUSO DamianoBahrain - Victorious0:00
23KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:00
24IZAGIRRE IonAstana - Premier Tech0:00
25IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana - Premier Tech0:00
26HOWSON DamienTeam BikeExchange0:00
27HERRADA JesúsCofidis0:00
28EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:00
29THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers0:00
30PORTE RichieINEOS Grenadiers0:00
31GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal0:00
32CAICEDO Jonathan KleverEF Education - Nippo0:00
33ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates0:00
34HOLLENSTEIN RetoIsrael Start-Up Nation0:00
35WOODS MichaelIsrael Start-Up Nation0:00
36HENAO SergioTeam Qhubeka ASSOS0:00
37TIBERI AntonioTrek - Segafredo0:00
38CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
39CRAS SteffLotto Soudal0:00
40O'CONNOR BenAG2R Citroën Team0:00
41VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
42BADILATTI MatteoGroupama - FDJ0:00
43GOOSSENS KobeLotto Soudal0:00
44PFINGSTEN ChristophTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
45TRATNIK JanBahrain - Victorious0:00
46STEWART JakeGroupama - FDJ0:00
47HAGA ChadTeam DSM0:00
48SKJELMOSE MattiasTrek - Segafredo0:00
49SOLER MarcMovistar Team0:00
50CHAMPOUSSIN ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:00
51GRMAY TsgabuTeam BikeExchange0:00
52DOWSETT AlexIsrael Start-Up Nation0:00
53KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
54VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education - Nippo0:00
55PETILLI SimoneIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
56POWLESS NeilsonEF Education - Nippo0:00
57ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo0:00
58TAARAMÄE ReinIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
59KRON AndreasLotto Soudal0:00
60HAMILTON ChrisTeam DSM0:00
61TOLHOEK AntwanTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
62CATALDO DarioMovistar Team0:00
63LEEMREIZE GijsTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
64VAN WILDER IlanTeam DSM0:00
65ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM0:00
66MUÑOZ Cristian CamiloUAE Team Emirates0:00
67REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ0:00
68FRANK MathiasAG2R Citroën Team0:00
69DENNIS RohanINEOS Grenadiers0:00
70BOOKWALTER BrentTeam BikeExchange0:00
71DUNBAR EddieINEOS Grenadiers0:00
72ZWIEHOFF BenBORA - hansgrohe0:00
73LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelMovistar Team0:00
74HERRADA JoséCofidis0:00
75MEINTJES LouisIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
76PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - Victorious0:00
77HÄNNINEN JaakkoAG2R Citroën Team0:00
78GANNA FilippoINEOS Grenadiers0:00
79BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Start-Up Nation3:34
80CONCA FilippoLotto Soudal3:34
81BOHLI TomCofidis3:34
82BISSEGGER StefanEF Education - Nippo3:34
83NAESEN LawrenceAG2R Citroën Team3:34
84MARTINELLI DavideAstana - Premier Tech3:34
85WILLIAMS StephenBahrain - Victorious3:34
86JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Qhubeka ASSOS3:34
87ARMÉE SanderTeam Qhubeka ASSOS3:34
88BOARO ManueleAstana - Premier Tech3:34
89BRENNER MarcoTeam DSM3:34
90BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe3:34
91SUTER JoelSwiss Cycling3:34
92LIENHARD FabianGroupama - FDJ3:34
93FROOME ChrisIsrael Start-Up Nation3:34
94HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal3:34
95BERHANE NatnaelCofidis3:34
96EDMONDSON AlexTeam BikeExchange3:34
97SUNDERLAND DylanTeam Qhubeka ASSOS3:34
98AMADOR AndreyINEOS Grenadiers3:34
99CONTRERAS RodrigoAstana - Premier Tech3:34
100CAMARGO Diego AndrésEF Education - Nippo3:34
101EL FARES JulienEF Education - Nippo3:34
102DOULL OwainINEOS Grenadiers3:34
103VIVIANI EliaCofidis3:34
104MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo3:34
105SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ3:34
106RICHEZE MaximilianoUAE Team Emirates3:34
107HIRT JanIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux3:34
108GALL FelixTeam DSM3:34
109GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R Citroën Team7:22
110SCHNEITER JoabSwiss Cycling7:22
111KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step7:22
112REUTIMANN MathiasSwiss Cycling7:22
113CHAMPION ThomasCofidis7:22
114DENZ NicoTeam DSM7:22
115POWER RobertTeam Qhubeka ASSOS7:22
116THIÈRY CyrilleSwiss Cycling7:22
117SABATINI FabioCofidis10:36
118QUARTERMAN CharlieTrek - Segafredo10:36
119LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ10:36
120PELLAUD SimonSwiss Cycling10:36
121ČERNÝ JosefDeceuninck - Quick Step10:36
122SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe10:36
123MEEUS JordiBORA - hansgrohe10:36
124TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates10:36
125NORSGAARD MathiasMovistar Team10:36
126FLÜCKIGER MathiasSwiss Cycling10:36
127WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation10:36
128THIJSSEN GerbenLotto Soudal10:36
129BAUHAUS PhilBahrain - Victorious10:36
130MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma10:36
131GARRISON IanDeceuninck - Quick Step10:36
132LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana - Premier Tech10:36
133ROMO JavierAstana - Premier Tech10:36
134JACOBS JohanMovistar Team10:36
135TORRES AlbertMovistar Team10:36
136MINALI RiccardoIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux16:03
137IMHOF ClaudioSwiss Cycling16:03
138BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe16:03
139BEWLEY SamTeam BikeExchange16:03
1DENNIS RohanINEOS Grenadiers4:18:06
2THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers0:09
3PORTE RichieINEOS Grenadiers0:09
4CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step0:11
5SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe0:12
6TRATNIK JanBahrain - Victorious0:13
7BEVIN PatrickIsrael Start-Up Nation0:14
8HERRADA JesúsCofidis0:14
9HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates0:15
10CATTANEO MattiaDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
11GANNA FilippoINEOS Grenadiers0:15
12KELDERMAN WilcoBORA - hansgrohe0:16
13VAN WILDER IlanTeam DSM0:16
14KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma0:16
15KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:17
16CORT MagnusEF Education - Nippo0:17
17COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates0:19
18LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelMovistar Team0:19
19HAIG JackBahrain - Victorious0:19
20COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain - Victorious0:19
21IZAGIRRE IonAstana - Premier Tech0:21
22ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM0:21
23HAGA ChadTeam DSM0:21
24ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates0:22
25MASNADA FaustoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:23
26TIBERI AntonioTrek - Segafredo0:24
27KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam Jumbo-Visma0:24
28IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana - Premier Tech0:25
29WOODS MichaelIsrael Start-Up Nation0:25
30ZWIEHOFF BenBORA - hansgrohe0:25
31O'CONNOR BenAG2R Citroën Team0:25
32DOWSETT AlexIsrael Start-Up Nation0:26
33HERRADA JoséCofidis0:27
34GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal0:27
35SOLER MarcMovistar Team0:27
36BADILATTI MatteoGroupama - FDJ0:27
37CRAS SteffLotto Soudal0:27
38SKJELMOSE MattiasTrek - Segafredo0:27
39CARUSO DamianoBahrain - Victorious0:27
40CHAMPOUSSIN ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:28
41PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - Victorious0:28
42DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:28
43HOWSON DamienTeam BikeExchange0:29
44ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo0:29
45HAMILTON ChrisTeam DSM0:29
46BAKELANTS JanIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:30
47EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo0:30
48HAMILTON LucasTeam BikeExchange0:30
49HOLLENSTEIN RetoIsrael Start-Up Nation0:30
50PFINGSTEN ChristophTeam Jumbo-Visma0:31
51KRON AndreasLotto Soudal0:31
52VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma0:31
53REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ0:31
54CATALDO DarioMovistar Team0:31
55VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education - Nippo0:32
56PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:33
57VILLELLA DavideMovistar Team0:33
58POWLESS NeilsonEF Education - Nippo0:34
59FRANK MathiasAG2R Citroën Team0:34
60HENAO SergioTeam Qhubeka ASSOS0:34
61TAARAMÄE ReinIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:34
62STEWART JakeGroupama - FDJ0:35
63DUNBAR EddieINEOS Grenadiers0:36
64GOOSSENS KobeLotto Soudal0:36
65LEEMREIZE GijsTeam Jumbo-Visma0:36
66COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates0:37
67MOSCA JacopoTrek - Segafredo0:37
68MEINTJES LouisIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:37
69PETILLI SimoneIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:37
70BOOKWALTER BrentTeam BikeExchange0:37
71TOLHOEK AntwanTeam Jumbo-Visma0:38
72VENTURINI ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:39
73CAICEDO Jonathan KleverEF Education - Nippo0:41
74SMITH DionTeam BikeExchange0:42
75MUÑOZ Cristian CamiloUAE Team Emirates0:46
76GRMAY TsgabuTeam BikeExchange0:47
77HÄNNINEN JaakkoAG2R Citroën Team0:49
78BARBERO CarlosTeam Qhubeka ASSOS0:52
79BISSEGGER StefanEF Education - Nippo3:45
80DOULL OwainINEOS Grenadiers3:54
81BOARO ManueleAstana - Premier Tech3:56
82BOHLI TomCofidis3:59
83GALL FelixTeam DSM3:59
84WILLIAMS StephenBahrain - Victorious4:00
85CONTRERAS RodrigoAstana - Premier Tech4:00
86SEIGLE RomainGroupama - FDJ4:00
87AMADOR AndreyINEOS Grenadiers4:06
88BRENNER MarcoTeam DSM4:06
89MARTINELLI DavideAstana - Premier Tech4:07
90EL FARES JulienEF Education - Nippo4:09
91CAMARGO Diego AndrésEF Education - Nippo4:09
92EDMONDSON AlexTeam BikeExchange4:10
93MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo4:11
94BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Start-Up Nation4:11
95CONCA FilippoLotto Soudal4:13
96NAESEN LawrenceAG2R Citroën Team4:14
97LIENHARD FabianGroupama - FDJ4:16
98ARMÉE SanderTeam Qhubeka ASSOS4:18
99SUTER JoelSwiss Cycling4:18
100BERHANE NatnaelCofidis4:19
101RICHEZE MaximilianoUAE Team Emirates4:20
102HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal4:23
103VIVIANI EliaCofidis4:25
104JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Qhubeka ASSOS4:25
105FROOME ChrisIsrael Start-Up Nation4:26
106HIRT JanIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux4:27
107BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe4:28
108SUNDERLAND DylanTeam Qhubeka ASSOS4:29
109DENZ NicoTeam DSM7:48
110THIÈRY CyrilleSwiss Cycling7:50
111POWER RobertTeam Qhubeka ASSOS7:54
112GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R Citroën Team7:56
113CHAMPION ThomasCofidis7:59
114REUTIMANN MathiasSwiss Cycling8:11
115KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step8:18
116SCHNEITER JoabSwiss Cycling8:21
117ČERNÝ JosefDeceuninck - Quick Step10:54
118LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana - Premier Tech10:55
119MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma10:56
120ROMO JavierAstana - Premier Tech10:57
121MEEUS JordiBORA - hansgrohe11:01
122QUARTERMAN CharlieTrek - Segafredo11:06
123WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation11:06
124GARRISON IanDeceuninck - Quick Step11:06
125FLÜCKIGER MathiasSwiss Cycling11:09
126JACOBS JohanMovistar Team11:09
127BAUHAUS PhilBahrain - Victorious11:12
128TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates11:13
129LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ11:14
130NORSGAARD MathiasMovistar Team11:15
131THIJSSEN GerbenLotto Soudal11:19
132PELLAUD SimonSwiss Cycling11:20
133TORRES AlbertMovistar Team11:23
134SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe11:29
135SABATINI FabioCofidis11:45
136IMHOF ClaudioSwiss Cycling16:43
137BEWLEY SamTeam BikeExchange16:53
138BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe17:04
139MINALI RiccardoIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux17:22
1SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe50
2DENNIS RohanINEOS Grenadiers30
3BOARO ManueleAstana - Premier Tech30
4COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain - Victorious30
5THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers25
6PORTE RichieINEOS Grenadiers22
7BEVIN PatrickIsrael Start-Up Nation20
8CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step19
9PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux18
10BISSEGGER StefanEF Education - Nippo17
11HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates16
12CATTANEO MattiaDeceuninck - Quick Step16
13CORT MagnusEF Education - Nippo16
14COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates16
15CONCA FilippoLotto Soudal16
16TRATNIK JanBahrain - Victorious15
17HERRADA JesúsCofidis13
18SMITH DionTeam BikeExchange12
19VENTURINI ClémentAG2R Citroën Team10
20POWER RobertTeam Qhubeka ASSOS10
21GANNA FilippoINEOS Grenadiers8
22MOSCA JacopoTrek - Segafredo7
23KELDERMAN WilcoBORA - hansgrohe6
24COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates6
25SUTER JoelSwiss Cycling6
27KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma4
28BAKELANTS JanIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux4
29KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ3
30BARBERO CarlosTeam Qhubeka ASSOS3
31VILLELLA DavideMovistar Team2
1HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates4:18:21
2VAN WILDER IlanTeam DSM0:01
3ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM0:06
4TIBERI AntonioTrek - Segafredo0:09
5SKJELMOSE MattiasTrek - Segafredo0:12
6CHAMPOUSSIN ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:13
7KRON AndreasLotto Soudal0:16
8STEWART JakeGroupama - FDJ0:20
9LEEMREIZE GijsTeam Jumbo-Visma0:21
10COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates0:22
11HÄNNINEN JaakkoAG2R Citroën Team0:34
12BISSEGGER StefanEF Education - Nippo3:30
13GALL FelixTeam DSM3:44
14BRENNER MarcoTeam DSM3:51
15CAMARGO Diego AndrésEF Education - Nippo3:54
16CONCA FilippoLotto Soudal3:58
17SUTER JoelSwiss Cycling4:03
18CHAMPION ThomasCofidis7:44
19SCHNEITER JoabSwiss Cycling8:06
20ROMO JavierAstana - Premier Tech10:42
21MEEUS JordiBORA - hansgrohe10:46
22QUARTERMAN CharlieTrek - Segafredo10:51
23GARRISON IanDeceuninck - Quick Step10:51
24JACOBS JohanMovistar Team10:54
25NORSGAARD MathiasMovistar Team11:00
26THIJSSEN GerbenLotto Soudal11:04
1SUTER JoelSwiss Cycling38
2BOARO ManueleAstana - Premier Tech19
3POWER RobertTeam Qhubeka ASSOS12
4ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM11
5CONCA FilippoLotto Soudal7
6GANNA FilippoINEOS Grenadiers4
7GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R Citroën Team3
8THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers2
9HAMILTON LucasTeam BikeExchange2
10PORTE RichieINEOS Grenadiers1
1INEOS Grenadiers 12:54:36
2Deceuninck - Quick Step0:26
3UAE Team Emirates0:38
4Bahrain - Victorious0:39
5Team DSM0:40
6Team Jumbo-Visma0:42
7EF Education - Nippo0:42
8BORA - hansgrohe0:45
9Israel Start-Up Nation0:51
10Groupama - FDJ0:52
11Movistar Team0:59
12Trek - Segafredo1:02
13Lotto Soudal1:07
14AG2R Citroën Team1:09
15Team BikeExchange1:17
16Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux1:19
17Astana - Premier Tech4:17
19Team Qhubeka ASSOS5:06
20Swiss Cycling19:41

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