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