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Simon Yates leads going into Romandie finale

Simon Yates (left)

The Tour de Romandie is an early indicator of form before the Tour de France in July

Britain’s Simon Yates leads the Tour de Romandie heading into Sunday’s individual time trial after winning Saturday’s penultimate stage.

The 24-year-old Orica rider attacked with 15 kilometres left of the mountainous 163.5km stage from Domdidier to Leysin, and rode clear alongside BMC’s Richie Porte.

The victory leaves Yates 19 seconds clear of Australian Porte overall.

Team Sky’s Chris Froome is 75 seconds down on compatriot Yates in 33rd place.

Yates said: “On the final climb I knew Richie was coming across, so I didn’t want to keep pushing as I knew that when he caught me I would be empty, so I took a bit easy and waited for him to get to me.

“I managed to get him in front into the final kilometre and I think that really saved me as the wind was quite strong in the finish. I am just really happy that I was able to come around him and take the victory.”

The six-day, five-stage race – an early indicator of form before the Tour de France in July – ends with the 17.9km individual time trial in Lausanne on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Italian rider Gianni Moscon is facing disciplinary action from Team Sky after it emerged he used racially abusive language towards FDJ’s Kevin Reza at the end of Friday’s stage three.

Team Sky chose not to withdraw Moscon from the race following discussions with FDJ. Moscon has apologised to Frenchman Reza and his team-mates but the British team will consider what action to take after establishing all of the facts of the incident.

Tour de Romandie stage four result:

1. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) 4hrs 10mins 03secs

2. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) Same time

3. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/BORA) +30secs

4. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +43secs

5. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Cannondale) +52secs

6. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) Same time

7. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R)

8. Louis Meintjes (SA/UAE Team Emirates)

9. Damien Howson (Aus/Orica)

10. David Gaudu (Fra/FDJ)

Overall classification after stage four:

1. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) 16hrs 50mins 35secs

2. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) +19secs

3. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/ BORA) +38secs

4. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek) +44secs

5. Primoz Roglic (Svn/LottoNL) +53secs

6. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain) +56secs

7. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) Same time

8. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) +58secs

9. Damien Howson (Aus/Orica) +59secs

10. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) Same time

Selected others:

33. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) + 1min 36secs

64. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +8mins 47secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39758206

Tour de Romandie: Elia Viviani wins stage three as Fabio Felline retains lead

Elia Viviani

Viviani sprinted to victory ahead of fellow Italian Colbrelli and Germany’s Schwartzmann

Team Sky’s Elia Viviani won stage three of the Tour de Romandie in a sprint finish as fellow Italian Fabio Felline retained the overall lead.

Viviani powered ahead of Sonny Colbrelli and Michael Schwarzmann at the end of Friday’s 180km ride around Payerne in western Switzerland.

Britain’s three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished 68th.

The 31-year-old Team Sky rider stays 29 seconds behind Felline as he continues preparations for the 2017 Tour.

Saturday’s Romandie stage takes the riders across a mountainous 164km route from Domdidier to Leysin that features two category-one climbs.

The six-day, five-stage race – an early indicator of form before the Tour de France in July – ends with a 17.9km individual time trial in Lausanne on Sunday.

Tour de Romandie stage three result:

1. Elia Viviani (Ita/Team Sky) 4hrs 27mins 42secs

2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain) Same time

3. Michael Schwarzmann (Ger/Bora)

4. Alexander Edmondson (Aus/Orica)

5. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra/ AG2R)

6. Youcef Reguigui (Alg/Dimension Data)

7. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg/Quick-Step)

8. Moreno Hofland (Ned/Lotto)

9. Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus/Katusha)

10. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa/LottoNL)

Overall classification after stage three:

1. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek) 12hrs 40mins 24secs

2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step) +8secs

3. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) Same time

4. Primoz Roglic (Svn/LottoNL) +9secs

5. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain) +12secs

6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) Same time

7. Jose Goncalves (Por/Katusha) +13secs

8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) Same time

9. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica) +14secs

10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa/Movistar) Same time

Selected others:

16. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +18secs

39. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +29secs

56. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +53secs

89 Alex Dowsett (GB/Team Sky) +8mins 32secs

99 Ben Swift (Gb)/UAE Team Emirates +9mins 34secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39750775

Kung claims victory in stage two of Romandie

Stefan Kung and Andriy Grivko, Tour de Romandie stage two

Kung triumphed at the end of a stage that some riders described as the coldest of their racing careers

Switzerland’s Stefan Kung won the second stage of the Tour de Romandie after beating breakaway companion Andriy Grivko in a sprint finish.

The BMC rider was one of four who raced away on a bitterly cold stage shortened to 136.5km owing to snow at the start.

Ben Swift, formerly of Team Sky and now riding with UAE Team Emirates, was the highest-placed Briton in fifth.

Fabio Felline kept the overall lead, while Chris Froome finished 77th to remain 29 seconds off the pace.

Alex Dowsett of Movistar, who also finished among the main bunch in 48th, described conditions as “very unpleasant”, while 24-year-old Quick-Step rider Bob Jungels tweeted it was “the coldest day on a bike so far for me”.

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The four breakaway riders forge ahead through the wintry conditions

The six-day, five-stage race in Switzerland is an early indicator of form before July’s Tour de France, which Team Sky rider Froome will be bidding to win for a fourth time – and the third in succession.

Friday’s third stage is a 187km ride starting and finishing in Payerne that includes four category-three climbs.

Tour de Romandie stage two result:

1. Stefan Kung (Swi/BMC) 3hrs 33mins 15secs

2. Andriy Grivko (Ukr/Astana) Same time

3. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain) +20secs

4. Alexander Edmondson (Aus/Orica) Same time

5. Ben Swift (GB/UAE Team Emirates)

6. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek)

7. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel/Lotto)

8. Jarlinson Pantano (Col/Trek)

9. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates)

10. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg/Quick-Step)

Overall classification after stage two:

1. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek) 8hrs 12mins 42secs

2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step) +8secs

3. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) Same time

4. Primoz Roglic (Svn/LottoNL) +9secs

5. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain) +12secs

6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) Same time

7. Jose Goncalves (Por/Katusha) +13secs

8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) Same time

9. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica) +14secs

10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa/Movistar) Same time

Selected others:

16. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +18secs

39. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +29secs

56. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +53secs

80 Alex Dowsett (GB/Team Sky) +4mins 59secs

102 Ben Swift (Gb)/UAE Team Emirates +9mins 34secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39740198

Tour de Romandie: Chris Froome fifth on stage one as Albasini wins sprint

Chris Froome

Chris Froome (second left) won the Tour de Romandie in 2013 and 2014

Britain’s Chris Froome came fifth as Orica-Scott rider Michael Albasini won a sprint finish in heavy rain on stage one of the Tour de Romandie.

Two-time champion Froome remains 29 seconds behind prologue winner Fabio Felline, who retains the yellow jersey.

But Britain’s Alex Dowsett, who was second, fell down the classifications in Switzerland after dropping behind the breakaway on the final climb.

Albasini crossed ahead of Diego Ulissi and Jesus Herrada on the 172km course.

Britain’s Simon Yates finished in 28th place for Orica-Scott, leaving him 16th in the overall standings, 18 seconds off the pace.

Tour de Romandie stage one result:

1. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica) 4:33.10

2. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAE Team Emirates) Same time

3. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) Same time

4. Natnael Berhane (Eri/imension Data) Same time

5. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) Same time

6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) Same time

7. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Sunweb) Same time

8. David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step) Same time

9. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar) Same time

10. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R) Same time

Overall classification after Stage one:

1. Fabio Felline (Ita/Trek) 4:39.07

2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Quick-Step) +8

3. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) +8 seconds

4. Primoz Roglic (Svn/LottoNL) +9 seconds

5. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Bahrain) +12 seconds

6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step) +12 seconds

7. Jose Goncalves (Por/Katusha) +13 seconds

8. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Movistar) +13 seconds

9. Michael Albasini (Swi/Orica) +14 seconds

10. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa/Movistar) +14 seconds

Selected others:

16. Simon Yates (GB/Orica) +18 seconds

39. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +29 seconds

59. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +53 seconds

88 Alex Dowsett (GB/Team Sky) +4:59 seconds

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39725426

Tour of Britain: Cardiff to host final stage after race opens in Edinburgh

Cummings

Steve Cummings became only the second British rider to win the rebranded event last year

Cardiff will host the 2017 Tour of Britain final stage for the first time, with the race to open in Edinburgh on Sunday, 3 September.

The eight-stage event, won last year by Britain’s Steve Cummings, will conclude with a 180km stage finishing in the Welsh capital on 10 September.

It will be only the fourth time since the race was revived in 2004 that it has finished outside London.

Welsh government economy secretary Ken Skates has called it “a real coup”.

“I am sure people in Cardiff will come out in their droves to support the race,” he added.

Wales has hosted a stage of the Tour of Britain annually since 2010, including the opening stage from Anglesey in 2015.

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The 180km stage eight will begin in Worcester and pass through Monmouthshire and Newport before finishing in Cardiff
  • Stage one, 3 September: Edinburgh to Kelso
  • Stage two, 4 September: Kielder Water Forest Park to Blyth
  • Stage three, 5 September: Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe
  • Stage four, 6 September: Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent
  • Stage five, 7 September: The Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial
  • Stage six, 8 September: Newmarket to Aldeburgh
  • Stage seven, 9 September: Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham
  • Stage eight, 10 September: Worcester to Cardiff

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/39710111

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