PeloPics: Omar Fraile (Astana) beat Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) on stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday with a long sprint, surprising Colbrelli with Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) in 3rd.
Astana had Dario Cataldo off the front on the final climb (18K out) of the day to thin out the reduced peloton before the finish. After various attacks in the finalè the group of top men shot into Delémont with Sonny Colbrelli expecting the win. Fraile jumped into the last bend catching the Italian out. Colbrelli tried to get back on terms, but it was too late.
Race leader Michael Matthews (Sunweb), was dropped on the final climb and LottoNL-Jumbo’s Primoz Roglic moved into the overall lead on the same time as Rohan Dennis (BMC) with Geraint Thomas (Sky) in 3rd place at 4 seconds.
Tour de Romandie Stage 1 Result:
1. Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana in 4:03:42
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
4. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
5. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
6. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky
7. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
8. Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
10. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors.
Tour de Romandie Overall After Stage 1:
1. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:09:16
2. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky at 0:04
4. Diego Rosa (Ita) Sky at 0:05
5. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:08
7. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky at 0:10
8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Sky
9. Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
10. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC at 0:13.