The Britain’s Geriant Thomas (Eneos), 2018 Tour de France winner, Won the Romandi (Switzerland) race on Sunday, snatching the leader’s jersey from Canadian Michael Woods in the fifth and final stage, a 16.19-kilometer trial in Friborg.
Thomas won overall, 28 seconds behind his team-mate Australian Richie Porte, 38 on Italian Fausto Masnada (Deceunick) and 39 on Spaniard Marc Soler (Movistar), who stayed again from the podium.
The victory in the final stage went to Frenchman Remy Cavagna (Dikionik), who traveled 16.19 kilometers at a time of 21:54 at an average speed of 44.35 km / h, followed by Swiss Stefan Besiger with a time of 6 seconds and Geriant Thomas. , Who spent 17 seconds more than the winner.
The road, almost on its way, included an 800-meter cobblestone ramp, Loreto path, With a decline of 13 percent, and another rise from 1.1 km to 5.6 percent in the seventh kilometer.
Michael Woods On Saturday, she won the Queen stage, taking advantage of her downfall Girante Thomas at an altitude of 50 meters From the finish line when both were fighting for a win in a one-on-one confrontation, he reached the final trial with an 11-second lead over the British, an accomplished specialist on the clock.
Admit: “I feel stupid.” Thomas After he made it clear that he did not feel in his hands because of the cold, and that when he tried to change the speed, the handlebars slipped, which spoiled his chances of victory and driving at the same time.
The Australia Ben O’Connor On lockdown day he faced third overall, 21 seconds ahead of the leader, and the Spaniard Mark Soler Fourth to 33, followed by the Australian Richie Port, at the age of 36.
Many specialists looked to stage victory, including German Tony Martin (four-time world champion, although he did not win the qualification for two years), And the Italian Filippo Jana, Current world champion, and Australian predecessor Rohan Denise In addition to champion Europe, Stefan Kong, the Swiss.
The parts of the median point, which were established at the 8.6 km, left no room for doubt. Thomas The fastest was: 1:48 PM, with an average of 37,235 km / h, compared to 2:19 PM. Michael Woods, Who realized the day before that he could keep the captain’s shirt.
He didn’t win the stage, but third place, with a time of 22:12, was enough for Thomas to win Romania TowerSix days after the start Tour of Italy. Mark Soler The eighth was with 22:28 and Woods Twenty-eighth with 23:05.