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65th Tour de Romandie - Stage 2
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 4/28/2011
65th Tour de Romandie - Stage 2
 

65th Tour de Romandie - Stage 2
Damiano wins in a nail biter finish with Cadel Evans second, Vino third! Pavel Brutt successfully though narrowly defends his lead to retain the yellow jersey...

 Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) won the bunch sprint of 27 riders on the uphill finish passing Cadel Evans before the line after a fast and bumpy 172 kilometers in and around Romont.

Cunego won in style taking the win with a few bike lengths over BMC's Cadel Evans second in nervous sprint finish with Alexandre Vinokourov looking good in for third. Cunego's success moved him up to second on the G.C..


Damiano Cunego Wins!! Photo © 2011 Lampre-ISD

Movistar's Faria Da Costa and team mate David Lopez filled out the top 5 in the same time. (the first 27 riders finished 2 seconds behind Cunego.)

The Elite group formed on the descent of the Category 1 Le Gibloux with Leopard-Trek's Linus Gerdemann attacking the descent with only 16 km to go. Race leader Pavel Brutt came over the summit a minute after the group but with the help of team mate Vladimir Karpets was able to limit his loss of time to 1:20 to keep his yellow jersey.

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) leads Damiano Cunego by 38 seconds and Cadel Evans and Alexandre Vinokourov in in 3rd and fourth at 42 seconds.

Euskaltel's Marco Verdugo moved up to 5th on the G.C. with BMC's Steve Morabito jumping up to sixth at 50 seconds.

This is Damiano Cunego's second victory of the season having won the Giro dell'Apennino on the 14th of this month.

Stage Winner Damiano Cunego...
: "I'm really happy with this victory that has finally arrived! I knew I was feeling good after how I felt on the stage yesterday. I have to thank my teammates who did a fantastic job, especially Spilak who was close until the final closing kilometers helping me fight the attacks of my opponents. "

Tomorrow’s stage from Thierrens to Neuchâtel starts off gently as the field covers 113 kilometres of rolling hills on the road to  finish town Neuchâtel. The finishing circuit where the peloton will confront a long Cat. 1 climb as they ride into Enges. This climb is followed by a category two climb to Lignières before a quick descent with a flat 13 kilometre run-up to the finish.


Pavel Brutt chases

BMC Racing Team
Evans & Morabito Move Up

The former world road champion had his sprint suddenly cut short as he tried to pass four riders moving much slower on the uphill finish. Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) took the win while Evans was second.

Cadel Evans on the finish...
 "I had to back off and brake a bit in the last corner because the Ag2r La Mondiale guy (Mikael Cherel) was coming left. I tried to anticipate the sprint because I knew Cunego was coming fast."

Pavel Brutt (Katusha) kept his lead, with Evans at 42 seconds and Steve Morabito in sixth (at 50 seconds).

Saxo Bank-SunGard
Rafael Majka And Chris Anker Sørensen On The Move In Romandie
Saxo Bank-SunGard's Polish rider, Rafael Majka impressed on today's second stage of Tour de Romandie as he finished among the first group of 27 riders to cross the finish line in Romont. Teammate, Chris Anker Sørensen had been trying to sneak away from the field within the first part of the stage but he simply couldn't make it.

Sports director, Bradley McGee was impressed by his riders...
“It was another tough tough day where Chris Anker (Sørensen) was doing everything to escape but he wasn't allowed but it's so good to witness him showing the right attitude and eagerness to attack. Besides, our new rider, Rafael (Majka) demonstrated great form as he finished in the front group on the uphill sprint finish while we wanted to save Mørkøv's (Michal) and Noval's (Benjamin) strength for later. We'll keep on chasing the breakaway's from now on and we will set Richie (Porte) up for Saturday's time trial,”


Stage 2 Profile

Stage 2:  Romont - Romont  171.8 km
Today's stage started two riders short with Rabobank's Tom Leezer and Liquigas' Simone Ponzi non starters so we had 149 riders off at the gun.

Attacks were the rule of the day, as well as bad luck in making a break stick...  After thirty km Tom Stansnijder (Leopard) and Chris Anker Sorensen looked to be off to a good start gaining 22 seconds, but als 10 km later they were back in the pack proving no more successful than the others today.


The peloton in Romandie   Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

After 55 km, an attack led by Quick Step's Kevin Seeldrayers took a strong group that included, Alan Perez (Euskaltel), Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) and Pierre Rolland (EuropCar)... but the peloton nixed the brave lads effort. Anothe attack of seven riders met the same stiff resistance as the riders experienced a slight drizzle.

After 92 kilometers the peloton finally relented as they approached the first climb of the day the Cat. 2 Esmonts... Christophe Kern (EruropCar) launched the break taking 30 seconds and was joined by Maxime Bouet gaining 1:40 on the peloton. The pair were caught on the climb with Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskdadi) leading over the summit followed by, Lampre's Michael Cherel, Pierre Rolland (EuropCar) and Steven Kruijswijk (rabobank0 and Jesus Harrad of Movistar.

An attack on the descent by Christophe Kern was joined by Bouet who opened a gap of 40 seconds as the started the second climb of the Cat 2 Dompierre. Kern led Bouet over the summit with Lampre's Oleksandr Kvachuk,  Katusha duo Alexandr Pliuschin and Mikhail Ignatyev at 2:02.

Bouet and Kern opened a gap of 2:40 on their chasers with 52 kmn to go. Behind, race leaders Pavel Brutt's Katusha team joined forces with Rabobank as rain poured down on the peloton and by the 131 km marker with 40 km to go the duo closed down to just under two minutes.

The gap was down to 30 seconds as the peloton crossed the  Rossens dam on Lake Gruyère, behind riders suffered on the climb. Kern took the points sprint in Rossems (134 km) followed by Bouet, and Katusha's Kuchinsky as the gap went up to 1:10 with 27 km to go.

The gap went under a minute with 25 km and by the 20 km to go marker the two outriders were caught as the peloton raced toward the final climb of the Gibloux. Tony Martin (HTC) and Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) used the opportunity attacking as Kern and Bouet were taken.  It was a good effort but they succumbed after 8 km with 17 to go.

Yellow Jersey, Pavel Brutt took up a position in the middle of the pack on the climb as Krueziger, Cunego and Spilak and Vinokourov set an ever faster pace as the lead group was reduced to 28 riders with Pavel sliding off the back of the group.

Roman Kreuziger (Astana) led over the summit followed by Macel Wyss (Geox), Vinokourov and Damiano Cunego... Brutt followed at 53 seconds with Vladimir Karpets waiting to help his team leader chase the leaders.

Gerdemann (Sky) attacked on the descent with Vinokourov, Szmyd, Roman Kreuziger, Damiano Cunego,  Simon Spilak setting the pace. The Brutt group was adrift by a minute.

With 9 km to go Thomas Rohregger attacked but was caught by Vino and Cunego who controlled the front of the group.

Diario Cioni (Sky) attacked with 5 km to go, Barmin's David Milar countered followed by Rui Costa (Movistar) and Michael Cherel Ag2r la Mondiale.... but it was David Millar taking the reins in a blistering attack with 3 km to go. The Brit held out but was joined by Cherel, Costa and Cioni as he rode under the 1 km flag.


Cunego out distances Evans and Vino at the line.  Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

Shortly after the quartet was overwhelmed by the charge of the 27 leaders who with Cadel Evans leading with 100 meters to go, but the former world champion was caught as he neared the finish and passed by Cunego who claimed the win with a wide margin.


Damiano Cunego  Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 2 Results
Romont - Romont

171.8 km - 4:10:53 - 41.086 km/h
1 2 Cunego Damiano Lampre-ISD Ita B:10  4:10:53 0
2 61 Evans Cadel BMC Racing Team Aus B:6   - 0:02
3 177 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana Kaz  B:4 - 0:02

4 93 Faria Da Costa Movistar Por - 0:02
5 95 Lopez Garcia David Movistar Esp - 0:02


Pavel Brutt on the podium with the lovely Swiss Misses for another day in yellow
Photo © 2011  Fotoreporter Sirotti

6 91 Intxausti Elorria. Movistar Esp - 0:02
7 44 * Talansky Andrew Garmin-Cervélo Usa - 0:02
8 27 Martin Tony HTC-Highroad Ger - 0:02
9 191 Menchov Denis Geox-TMC Rus - 0:02
10 37 Weening Pieter Rabobank Ned " "
11 74 Froome Christopher Team SKY Gbr " "
12 192 Wyss Marcel Geox-TMC Sui " "
13 41 Millar David Garmin-Cervélo Gbr - 0:02
14 146 Verdugo Marcotegui Euskaltel-Euskadi Esp - 0:02
15 45 *Stetina Peter Garmin-Cervélo Usa - 0:02
16 11 Brajkovic Janez RadioShack Slo - 0:02
17 21 Pinotti Marco HTC-Highroad Ita  - 0:02
18 63 Morabito Steve BMC Racing Team Sui  - 0:02
19 184 *Gautier Cyril EuropCar Fra  - 0:02
20 53 Rohregger Thomas Leopard-Trek Aut " "
21 154 Gadret John Ag2r La Mondiale Fra - 0:02
22 1 Spilak Simon Lampre-ISD Slo " "
23 47 Danielson Thomas Garmin-Cervélo Usa - 0:02
24 125 Szmyd Sylvester Liq Pol " "
25 54 Zaugg Oliver Leopard-Trek Sui - 0:02
26 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra " "
27 113 *Majka Rafal Saxo Bank-SunGard Pol - 0:02
28 73 Cioni Dario David Team SKY Ita 4:11:09  - 0:16
29 52 Gerdemann Linus Leopard-Trek Ger " "
30 106 De Weert Kevin Qst Bel 4:11:12  - 0:19
Complete Stage 2 Results

Kom - Climbers Competition Stage 2
Cat 2 Esmonts - 81.1 Km

1 145 Martinez De Esteb. Euskaltel-Euskadi Esp 8
2 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 6
3 187 Rolland Pierre EuropCar Fra 4
4 34 *Kruijswijk Steven Rabobank Ned 2
5 92 *Herrada Lopez Jesus Movistar Esp 1

Ccat. 2 Dompierre - 95.7 Km
1 183 Kern Christophe EuropCar Fra 8
2 156 Bouet Maxime Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 6
3 6 Kvachuk Oleksandr Lampre-ISD Ukr 4
4 137 *Pliuschin Alexandr Katusha Mda 2
5 138 Ignatyev Mikhail Katusha Rus 1

Cat. 1 Le Gibloux - 155.7 Km
1 171 Kreuziger Roman Astana Cze 12
2 192 Wyss Marcel Geox-TMC Sui 8
3 177 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana Kaz 6
4 2 Cunego Damiano Lampre-ISD Ita 4
5 91 Intxausti Elorria. Movistar Esp 2

Montagne Classement Général
1 6 Kvachuk Oleksandr Lampre-ISD Ukr 28 - 4

2 136 Brutt Pavel Katusha Rus 22
3 94 Samoilau Branislau Movistar Blr 22
4 171 Kreuziger Roman Astana Cze 12 - 12
5 42 *Bobridge Jack Garmin-Cervélo Aus 12
6 145 Martinez De Esteb. Euskaltel-Euskadi Esp 8 - 8
7 183 Kern Christophe EuropCar Fra 8 - 8
8 192 Wyss Marcel Geox-TMC Sui 8 - 8
9 177 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana Kaz 6 - 6
10 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 6 - 6
11 156 Bouet Maxime Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 6 - 6

Points Competition Stage 2
Rossens - 134.1 Km
1 183 Kern Christophe EuropCar Fra 6
2 156 Bouet Maxime Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 3
3 134 Kuschynski Aliaksandr Katusha Blr 1

Mézières Km 167.5
1 73 Cioni Dario David Team SKY Ita 6
2 41 Millar David Garmin-Cervélo Gbr 3
3 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 1

Points Classement Général After Stage 2
1 136 Brutt Pavel Katusha Rus 6
2 73 Cioni Dario David Team SKY Ita 6 - 6
3 42 *Bobridge Jack Garmin-Cervélo Aus 6
4 183 Kern Christophe EuropCar Fra 6 - 6
5 6 Kvachuk Oleksandr Lampre-ISD Ukr 4
6 94 Samoilau Branislau Movistar Blr 4
7 41 Millar David Garmin-Cervélo Gbr 3 - 3
8 156 Bouet Maxime Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 3 - 3
9 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 1 - 1
10 134 Kuschynski Aliaksandr Katusha Blr 1 - 1

Best Young Riders Classification After Stage 2
1 45 *Stetina Peter
Garmin-Cervélo Usa 8:44:42 0 1
2 44 * Talansky Andrew Garmin-Cervélo Usa 8:45:23 - 41 3
3 113 *Majka Rafal Saxo Bank-SunGard Pol 8:46:13  - 1:31 6
4 195 *Brandle Matthias Geox-TMC Aut 8:46:14  - 1:32 1
5 184 *Gautier Cyril EuropCar Fra 8:46:47  - 2:05 5

6 34 *Kruijswijk Steven Rabobank Ned 8:47:53  - 3:11 2
7 38 * Van Winden Dennis Rabobank Ned 8:48:23  -0 3:41 1
8 92 *Herrada Lopez Jesus Movistar Esp 8:49:45 - 5:03 4
9 78 *Swift Ben Team SKY Gbr 8:51:04 +6:22 6
10 165 *Keizer Martijn Vacansoleil-DCM Ned 8:51:29 +6:47 3
11 141 *Castroviejo Nicol. Euskaltel-Euskadi Esp 8:51:40 +6:58 7
12 137 * Pliuschin Alexandr Katusha Mda 8:52:43 - 8:01 2
13 42 * Bobridge Jack Garmin-Cervélo Aus 8:56:24 - 11:42 12
14 48 *Meyer Cameron Garmin-Cervélo Aus 8:57:31 - 12:49 1
15 28 *Gretsch Patrick HTC-Highroad Ger 8:59:36 - 14:54 1
16 181 *Cousin Jerome EuropCar Fra 8:59:45 - 15:03 3
17 23 *Howard Leigh HTC-Highroad Aus 9:00:20 - 15:38 6
18 135 * Ignatenko Petr Katusha Rus 9:02:23 - 17:41
19 98 * Sanz Enrique Movistar Esp 9:05:12 - 20:30 2
20 193 *Gianetti Noe Geox-TMC Sui 9:06:29 - 21:47 4

General Classification After Stage 2
344,1 km - :8:43:39 - 39,427 km/h
1 136 Brutt Pavel Katusha Rus 8:43:39
2 2 Cunego Damiano Lampre-ISD Ita 8:44:17 -  0:38 7
3 61 Evans Cadel BMC Racing Team Aus 8:44:21 -  0:42 4

4 177 Vinokourov Alexandre Astana Kaz 0:42 4 1
5 146 Verdugo Marcotegui Euskaltel-Euskadi Esp 8:44:25 - 46 1

6 63 Morabito Steve BMC Racing Team Sui 8:44:29 - 50 2
7 91 Intxausti Elorria. Movistar Esp 8:44:30 - 51 3
8 54 Zaugg Oliver Leopard-Trek Sui " " 3
9 37 Weening Pieter Rabobank Ned " " 3
10 53 Rohregger Thomas Leopard-Trek Aut 8:44:31 - 52 3
11 192 Wyss Marcel Geox-TMC Sui " " 3
12 1 Spilak Simon Lampre-ISD Slo 8:44:32 - 53 3
13 95 Lopez Garcia David Movistar Esp " " 3
14 47 Danielson Thomas Garmin-Cervélo Usa " " 3
15 21 Pinotti Marco HTC-Highroad Ita 8:44:34 - 55 3
16 74 Froome Christopher Team SKY Gbr 8:44:35 - 56 3
17 11 Brajkovic Janez RadioShack Slo 8:44:37 - 58 3
18 45 W* Stetina Peter Garmin-Cervélo Usa 8:44:42 - 1:03 3
19 191 Menchov Denis Geox-TMC Rus " " 3
20 154 Gadret John Ag2r La Mondiale Fra " " 3
21 41 Millar David Garmin-Cervélo Gbr 8:44:59 - 1:20 6
22 93 Faria Da Costa Movistar Por 8:45:00 - 1:21 6
23 6 P Kvachuk Oleksandr Lampre-ISD Ukr 8:45:01 - 1:22 21
24 27 Martin Tony HTC-Highroad Ger " " 5
25 73 Cioni Dario David Team SKY Ita 8:45:06 - 1:27 1
26 52 Gerdemann Linus Leopard-Trek Ger 8:45:18 - 1:39 6
27 44 * Talansky Andrew Garmin-Cervélo Usa 8:45:23 - 1:44 13
28 125 Szmyd Sylvester Liq Pol 8:45:34 - 1:55 20
29 155 Cherel Mikael Ag2r La Mondiale Fra 8:45:39 - 2:00 23
30 75 Possoni Morris Team SKY Ita 8:45:55 - 2:16 16
Complete G.C. After Stage 2

Team Classification After Stage 2
1 Movistar Team Mov 26:12:42 0 1
2 Team Garmin-Cervélo Grm 26:12:43 - 1 1
3 Lampre - Isd Lam 26:13:42 - 1:00 2

4 Leopard Trek Leo 26:14:08 - 1:26 1
5 Sky Procycling Sky 26:15:00 - 2:18 2

6 Geox-Tmc Geo 26:15:16 - 2:34
7 Bmc Racing Team Bmc 26:15:58 - 3:16 2
8 Ag2r La Mondiale Alm 26:16:05 - 3:23
9 Euskaltel-Euskadi Eus 26:17:10 - 4:28 2
10 Team Radioshack Rsh 26:18:08 - 5:26 2
11 Katusha Team Kat 26:18:48 - 6:06 7
12 Rabobank Cycling Team Rab 26:19:15 - 6:33 1
13 Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Team Vcd 26:19:38 - 6:56 1
14 Saxo Bank Sungard Sbs 26:19:50 - 7:08 1
15 Htc-Highroad Thr 26:21:42 - 9:00 5
16 Pro Team Astana Ast 26:24:30 - 11:48 3
17 Quickstep Cycling Team Qst 26:26:55 - 14:13 3
18 Team Europcar Eur 26:27:07 - 14:25
19 Liquigas-Cannondale Liq 26:29:28 - 16:46 3
20 Omega Pharma-Lotto Olo 26:29:52 - 17:10 3

65th Tour de Romandie
Stages (6) April 26 - May 1 2011

Prologue - Martigny  3 km
Stage 1: Martigny - Leysin  169.3 km
Stage 2:  Romont - Romont  171.8 km
Stage 3: Thierrens - Ville de Neuchâtel  165.7 km
Stage 4: Aubonne - Signal-de-Bougy ITT  20.1 km
Stage 5: Champagne - Geneve  164.6 km
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Index: 64th Tour de Romandie


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