Hayter claims first WorldTour victory in the prologue of Tour de Romandie


Ethan Hayter sped to victory in the Tour de Romandie prologue on Tuesday finishing the 5.12km route around Lausanne in 5min 52sec.

You can rewatch PROLOGUE HERE

The 23-year-old rider edged out Rohan Dennis of Jumbo-Visma by 3sec while Felix Grossschartner of Bora Hansgrohe was third at almost 10sec.

“I’ve not done so many races in the WorldTour actually, I think I honestly did five or six in total last year. Paris-Nice was my first WorldTour stage race and I was still building my form there. This is really nice and I think that it’s confirmation of what I’m capable of,” Hayter said.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas was fourth on the day also at 10sec.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome came 119th at 42sec.

Hayter will start Wednesday’s stage wearing the overall leader’s green jersey. Stage one offers opportunities for a late break in a 178km run to Romont and is followed by two more medium mountain runs.

Saturday’s major mountain slog with a massive six mountains to climb is the greatest challenge and Sunday’s uphill individual time-trial should also be one of the deciding stages.


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