The second stage in the Tour of Romandie was won by the Swiss rider Stefan Küng. He escaped early in the race in the company of, among others, Frederik Backaert. The rider of FdJeux left on the last slope to his companions in the lurch and rode solo to the victory. The sprint of the peloton was won by Sam Bennett.
The second stage of the Swiss stage race took the riders from La Locle to Morges for a distance of 174 kilometers, and along the way, a climb of second and one of third category. Nothing insurmountable so for a trained pro.
After five miles chose a six for the offensive. Among them also one countryman: Frederik Backaert. The adventurer of Wanty Gobert got the company of hardrijders as Stefan Küng and Geminas Bagdonas. While the peloton was mainly worried for the rain, walked to the edge of the six to more than seven minutes. The signal for the sprintersploegen to the pace little by little on to drift.
The six escapees stayed together well but on the last difficulty of the day, the côte de Reverolle, increased thuisrijder Küng the pace with a big snok. Backaert and Bagdanos remained at the wheel of the Swiss hardrijder, the other three riders were thrown overboard. Küng remained doorbeuken what was first the head of Bagdonas and a little later also that of Backaert cost.
The Swiss was on the soaking wet roads prepared an extra risicootje to take and because in the peloton the spurters not really at their ease were in the rain, were suddenly the chances of Küng. The ex-team mate Greg Van Avermaet knew that the last kilometres, especially in the descending line ran and with his tijdrijderscapaciteiten was soon clear: stage win for the Swiss. And so it was that after an attack of almost one hunderd and seventy kilometres the vluchter for once be rewarded. That’s great!
For FDJeux, it was the seventh victory of the season, the first this season in the World Tour.