Froome ninth in Romandie finale

10 May 2017

Froome ninth in Romandie finale

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Chris Froome finished off the Tour de Romandie with ninth place in the final stage time trial.

The Brit clocked a time of 25 minutes and 44 seconds over the tough, 17.8-kilometre course in Lausanne. That effort was 46 seconds back on an impressive winning benchmark set by Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo). 
 
Roglic took the win by eight seconds on the day, but attention behind turned to the general classification battle, as Richie Porte and Simon Yates went head to head for the yellow jersey.
 
Yates (Orica-Scott) headed into the stage with a slender lead, but in the end it was Porte (BMC Racing) who pulled out a big ride, taking overall victory by 21 seconds. Roglic jumped up the GC to finish third, 26 seconds back.
 
Froome also elevated himself up the leaderboard to complete the race in 18th place, with some useful kilometres in the bag as he continues to build towards the Tour de France in July.

After crossing the line Froome said: “If I look at the objective that I came here with – obviously to get a good week of racing to take me on in terms of my preparation towards the Tour – I’m really happy to have got through the week, first of all upright, secondly without getting too cold in quite difficult conditions here. 
 
“Of course I would like to have been up there yesterday on the queen stage. Truth is I got to the final climb and just didn’t have it. There’s a lot of work for me still to do ahead of the Tour de France, but I’m confident I know how to get the job done.”
 
Vasil Kiryienka and David Lopez were the next Team Sky riders home on the day, in 56th and 59th places respectively.
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

There’s a lot of work for me still to do ahead of the Tour de France, but I’m confident I know how to get the job done.
Stage five results:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 24:58
2. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) +8"
3. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) +34"
4. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
5. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo)
9. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +46"

Overall standings:

1. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) 17:16:00
2. Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) +21"
3. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +26"
4. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) +51"
5. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) +1:03"
18. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +1:55"

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