Romandie: Cancellara Flies
– Reported by Gazzetta dello Sport –
A Fassa Bortolo rider won, but it wasn’t the expected Dario Frigo. The podium from the prologue of the Tour of Romandie (which finishes Sunday) was an all-Swiss affair: the win went to Fabian Cancellara, in front of compatriots Alexandre Moos (Phonak) and Laurent Dufaux (Alessio). And the pre-race favorites? All behind, possibly because of the short, technical course which only covered 3.4 kilometers. In any case, Dario Frigo, the defending champion, conceded 15” in the short test, finishing a disappointing 42nd. Better than him was the Swiss veteran Alex Zuelle (7” behind the winner), and Marco Velo (first Italian at 9” behind and in 13th position).
Cancellara, at only 22 years old, isn’t new to this type of exploit: he’s already captured, in fact, five victories as a professional in races against the clock. But this race will be decided in the mountains and the riders to watch will be the defending champion Frigo (also to see how his form is for the upcoming Giro d’Italia), his teammate Aitor Gonzalez, and Tyler Hamilton (from the Danish CSC team), fresh from his historic win at Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
The deciding days will come on stage three that takes the riders over the Loeche les Bains climb and the following day, when the peloton will scale three first-category climbs. But already on Tuesday the prolouge results could be erased, tommorows stage from Ginevra to Fleurier (181.9 km) features three KOM climbs near the finish. The most difficult is the Mont des Buttes (at 1067 meters), positioned only 30 kilometers from the finish.