61st Tour de Romandie - Stage 1 Live
On the road to La Chaux de Fonds as Il Falco and Astana defend...
61st Tour de Romandie - Stage 1
Freiburg - La Chaux-de-Fonds 157.8 km
As we join the race in progress we have 4 who escaped 30 km into the race and
built a quick gap of a minute, a few kilometers later they were joined in the
break for a break of six. The leaders gained a maximum advantage of about
6 minutes on the bunch at 60 kms into the race. The 6 are: Chris Anker Sörensen
(CSC), Laszlo Bodrogi (Credit Agricole), Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom),
Eros Capecchi (Liquigas), Raffaele Ferrara (LPR) and Mauro Facci (Quick Step)
One abandon today Simon Gerrans (Ag2r); Simon still suffers from a crash in the
The results of the first KOM are
1. Eros Capecchi (LIQ)
2. Chris Sorensen (CSC)
3. Lazlo Bodrogi (C.A.)
4. Laurent Brochard (BTL)
5. Raffaele Ferrara (LPR).
The gap to the break of six is now 4:25 as the Astana team leads the chase.
60 km to go, the gap of the 6 is 4:16 and
the weather has taken a turn for the worse as it starts to rain on the peloton's
Astana is leading the pace of the bunch for race leader Savoldelli. Il Falco
won the prologue ahead of Roman Kreuziger and Chris Horner yesterday The leaders
are now on the second climb of the day. Savoldelli led the race last year until
he had problems with his allergies, the rain may be a welcome relief for Paolo
When we look to the riders in the break we see some very good riders. We have
the champion of Hungary Laszlo Bodrogi, a former winner of the baby Giro.
Raffaele Ferrara, a former French top class rider with Laurent Brochard and 3
youngsters with Facci, Capecchi and Chris Anker Sörensen. Especially the Danish
guy is riding very strong lately. I noticed him in the 1.1 race the Hel van het
Mergelland where he was in the break of the day and was able to stay in front
until the end. Sijmens won that race but Sörensen finished 13th and won the
prize for the most agressive rider.
16:28 CET: The gap is down to 3:38 with
52 km to go
Today is the hearing of Michele Scarponi and Ivan Basso at the head quarters
of the CONI. Basso is in his hearing at the moment while Scarponi had his
hearing this morning. There are no new facts said Scarponi but stated that he is
willing to undergo a DNA test to prove his innocence.
16:35 CET: The leaders are now on the
next climb. It's a climb of 5.6 km but not that steep with an average of 4.5%;
in the meantime Bodrogi was dropped in front and also Capecchi has problems
following the pace.
Brochard at age 39 the oldest rider in the break. Actually he is the oldest
rider in this race. Bodrogi loses touch on the climb and struggles while
Capecchi regains the lead group.
47 km to go and the leaders have still
2:57 on the bunch as the climb and the chase take its toll on the gap.. The
bunch is still led by Astana.
16:44 CET: The group summits with
Brochard leading for the max KOM points ahead of Capecchi, Sörensen, Ferrara and
Facci. The bunch is on top of the climb and the gap is down to 2.34
40 km to go: Brochard and Eros Capecchi
attack and get a gap on their breakmates; Sorensen, Ferrrara and Facci were
dropped in the final meters of the climb while the two in front were battling
for the KOM points, once over the summit the Brochard and Capecchi pressed their
Speaking about Laurent Brochard. He is 39 years old and is in his 17th year
as a professional now. He won a lot of races and among them a stage in the Tour
(1997) and the World Championships in San Sebastian (1997).
34 km to go - The gap comes down to 2:14
with Astana still leading the chase. Laszlo Bodrogi, once the virtual leader on
the road today is swept up by the blue and gold of Astana jerseys that lead the
16:59 CET - 30 km to go, The lead duo
Laurent Brochard and Eros Capecchi are on the col de la Tourne with an average
of 6% of about 6 km long in distance; Sörensen, Ferrara and Facci are between
the lead duo and the peloton. Mcewen is dropped from the back of the peloton.
Attack by Lampre/Fondital's Marco Marzano a Bouygues Telecom rider bridged
across to Marzano; it's Olivier Bonnaire. Mauro Facci is caught during the
attack and Raffaele Ferrara is swept up by the peloton in swift succession. Only
the two leaders and Sorensen have evaded capture at this point.
Marzano and Bonnaire reeled in by the bunch as Astana continues leading the
pace with the gap to the leaders now down to 1:39 as Savoldelli's raiders work
17:10 CET: The two leaders are on top of
the La Tourne. From here it's about 25 km to the finish. Brochard takes the max
KOM points here with Capecchi following him over the summit. Brochard is the
leader in the KOM ranking after today.
Chris Sörensen is 3rd on the climb at 20 sec off the leaders and the lead
chase is 1:05 as they start the descent. Steve Zampieri attacks!
The peloton chases the Zampieri (Cofidis) the catch is made almost as fast as
the attack is launched. The descent of the La Tourne will be ridden with caution
as they are slicked by the rains today.
On flatter roads after the descent, attacks fly from the front of the peloton;
but the attacks are disorganized and none can get a gap and stick.
16 kms to go We still have Brochard and
Capecchi on the escape with Larsson still between the two and the chasing bunch.
Veikkanen Attacks and it is the death knell for Larsson. Veikkanen catches the
leaders and the peloton sweep the trio up and the peloton is compacto with 15 km
Van Huffel (Predictor-Lotto) in the attack but the others don't let him go.
Van Huffel goes again and six riders join him, with 14 km to go, the bunch pulls
the 7 back within the kilometer.
17:33 CET: 12 km to go - Atttack, Van
Huffel and Francisco Perez (Caisse d'Epargne); Perez counters and
Van Huffel not able to follow.
10 km to go - Andy Schleck (CSC) and
Charly Wegelius in the chase to bridge... the gap to Perez is 18 seconds with 8
km to go. The peloton starts an uncategorized climb and Schleck and Wigelius are
The gap of Perez is down to less than 10 seconds. Perez is joined by
Gerosteiner's Markus Fothen. The peloton is in confusion with no organized chase
for the moment.
17:41 CET: 5 km to go - the duo hold on
to their ten second gap.
2 km to go - and Perez and Fothen manage
to hold onto their lead. entering the final km the gap is 8 seconds.
800 metres Perez starts his sprint with the peloton coming fast. Fothen wins
the sprint from Perez and Reynes with Lorenzetto 4th and Cadel Evans fifth.
1. Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner)
2 Francisco Perez (Caisse d'Epargne)|
3 Vincente Reynes
4 Lorenzetto i
5 Cadel Evans
7 Karsten Kroon
General Classification remains unchanged with Astana's Paolo Savoldelli in
Results to follow when available...