Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) won the Tour de Romandie prologue in Neuchâtel, beating Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) into second after the 3.87km individual time trial.
Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates) finished third, with Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) fourth. Geraint Thomas (Ineos) completed the top five.
“For sure I have surprised myself but I still believed on that sort of parcours like today I can do a really good result. I just focused on the road and tried to do everything at 100 percent and here, today, I have won the prologue so it is nice,” Tratnik said.
“It’s my first WorldTour win so for sure it’s a really special win. Normally every time Primoz beats me. We’re really good friends but today I beat him so it’s a nice feeling.”
Tomorrow’s stage brings the peloton to Le Chaux-de-Fonds after 170km and some 3400 metres of total climbing.
Tour de Romandie 2019 – prologue results:
|1||Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida)|
|2||Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)|
|3||Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates)|
|4||Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma)|
|5||Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)|
|6||Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|7||Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)|
|8||Carlos Betancur (Movistar)|
|9||Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|10||Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)|