Puncture costs Thomas Romandie lead

Geraint Thomas has lost the leader’s jersey in the Tour de Romandie after a puncture late on the second stage cost him over four minutes.

The 28-year-old punctured on the final climb of the stage into Saint-Imier.

Fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome is now third in the overall standings after finishing in a reduced peloton.

Froome, who also punctured but recovered, is 10 seconds behind Michael Albasini who took Wednesday’s 168.1km stage and with it the overall lead.

Tour de Romandie Stage 2 results

1.
Michael Albasini

(Switzerland / Orica) 4:21:43″

2.
Jarlinson Pantano

(Colombia / IAM Cycling) ST

3.
Julian Alaphilippe

(France / Etixx – Quick-Step)

4.
Nathan Haas

(Australia / Cannondale)

5.
Rui Costa

(Portugal / Lampre)

6.
Damiano Caruso

(Italy / BMC Racing)

7.
Ilnur Zakarin

(Russia / Katusha)

8.
Ivan Santaromita

(Italy / Orica)

9.
Jan Bakelants

(Belgium / AG2R)

10.
Ramunas Navardauskas

(Lithuania / Cannondale)

23.
Chris Froome

(Britain / Team Sky)

Overall classification after Stage 4

1.
Michael Albasini

(Switzerland / Orica) 4:42:52″

2.
Ivan Santaromita

(Italy / Orica) +10″

3.
Chris Froome

(Britain / Team Sky)

4.
Simon Yates

(Britain / Orica)

5.
Ilnur Zakarin

(Russia / Katusha) +15″

6.
Pavel Kochetkov

(Russia / Katusha)

7.
Egor Silin

(Russia / Katusha)

8.
Yury Trofimov

(Russia / Katusha)

9.
Simon Spilak

(Slovenia / Katusha)

10.
Julian Alaphilippe

(France / Etixx – Quick-Step) +20″

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/32524074

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