Cavendish Takes Romandy Tour Prologue
Matt Cavendish (High Road) has won the prologue of the Tour of Romandy.
Matt Cavendish (High Road) has won the prologue of the Tour of Romandy. The British wunderkind took the 1.9-km, flat, out-and-back event in Geneva in 2:07.60. Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) finished second at 0.27, and Michael Albasini (Liquigas) took third at 0:01.
Bradley Wiggins, Cavendish's teammate, posted the early standard with a 2:08.48, which remained the best time for a long time. Eventually, Bjorn Schroeder (Milram) assumed the lead with a 2:08.29. Albasini grabbed the top spot on the leaderboard with a 2:08.01, and Bennati posted his time before Cavendish crossed the finish line with the winning time.
Cavendish said that the prologue's distance was just right for him and that a somewhat longer prologue would have been perfect for Wiggins. Today's victory gave the Briton the lead in the overall, but do not expect him to keep it. Stage 1 is a rugged, 182-km ride from Morges to Saignelegier, which will feature two Category 2 climbs and a Category 1 ascent. The riders will face the Category 1 climb, Le Gruyere, just 34 km from the finish. Who will breast the climb in the lead group? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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