Thomas De Gendt in Tour de Romandie (WorldTour) extracted with a penalty shot. The adventurer of Lotto-Soudal pulled in the second stage, with team mate Victor Campenaerts early in the attack. The one medevluchter after the other had quit and the last 25 of 173 undulating miles were a struggle of one-against-all, but a matchless De Gendt took a solo the finish line in Yverdon-les-Bains. The 28-year-old Slovenian Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) remains the leader.
The second stage in line there was on paper one for the sprinters with 73 undulating kilometers to Yverdon-les-Bains. But that was outside of Thomas De Gendt counted…
De Gendt and Campenaerts
The Company succeeded for the umpteenth time in his career in the flight of the day to sit. He also took this time with fellow countryman, teammate and hardrijder Victor Campenaerts a dream companion. The duo of Lotto-Soudal went on the road with the Ukrainian Andrey Grivko (Astana), the American Nathan Brown (Education First-Drapac) and the Italian Matteo Fabbro (Katusha-Alpecin). That last one fell through materiaalpech however, the front quickly away, leaving them with z’n celebrate at the adventure went.
In the peloton had to team Lotto-Jumbo, the team leader Primoz Roglic, to work. At a little more than 100 kilometers from the finish, the lead of the escapees is still more than 7 minutes.
Teams of favorites
At the Col des Etroits (2nd category), the last climb of the day, had to Grivko, somewhat surprisingly, fit. Still 65 km away, they had it in front with z’n threes to harvest. In his search for a new (mountain)sweater sprokkelde De Gendt along the way, as always, all bergpunten.
After the climb they had, however, six-minute clue, and then another 40 flat kilometers followed. Nathan Brown was in the stand at 26’ and instilled the favorites as a climber enough fear to take action. Especially with a companion as The Company left Bahrain-Merida and Team Sky, nothing is left to chance.
Solo De Gendt
At the first passage at the finish was the lead dropped to five minutes, and it had to be Campenaert a moment later his companions. A moment later, De Gendt, however, also Brown on the spot to solo the last 25 kilometers to leave four minutes ahead…
In the stand was De Gendt at 3’ 23”, so the leader’s jersey against a hunting pack would be an impossible task work turned out to be. But the 31-year-old Belgian was strong enough to fight one-against-all successful rounds and his first victory in Romandie on bag to put.
¡¡Victoria para Thomas de Gendt del Lotto Soudal!!
Soberbio, espectacular, a tus pies De Gendt #TDR2018 pic.twitter.com/8JYKQRSxn6
— Alpe d’huez B&T (@Val__d’huez) april 26, 2018
Behind him, won Sonny Colbrelli the sprint of the peloton, with Xandro Meurisse on a handsome sixth place ended up being a second fellow countryman in the top-10. Portrait of primož Roglic finished also in the large group and remains a leader.
Friday, the riders will go for a climb time trial on 9.9 kilometers from Ollon to Villars. The Swiss stage race ends Sunday. Last year, the Australian Richie Porte eindlaureaat.
1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto – Soudal) in 4:03:05
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain – Merida) +2:04
3. Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale)
4. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
5. Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Floors)
6. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)
7. Diego Rosa (Team Sky)
8. Egan Bernal (Team Sky)
9. Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)
10. Antoine Duchesne (Groupama – FDJ)