Hayter nabs second stage to take Tour de Romandie lead


Ethan Hayter powered to victory Thursday on the second stage of the Tour de Romandie, winning a sprint finish in La-Chaux-de-Fonds to take over the race lead.

The British rider survived the day’s five climbs that whittled down the peloton on the 162.7km route from Morteau before receiving a perfect lead-out from his Ineos Grenadiers team.

After help from Egan Bernal and Jhonatan Narvaez, Hayter crossed the line ahead of Juan Ayuso and Romain Bardet, both contenders for the overall title.

Hayter picked up 10 bonus seconds for the victory and inherited the yellow jersey from compatriot Ethan Vernon, who was dropped on the Col de la Tourne.

Hayter leads Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) by six seconds heading into Friday’s time trial in Chatel-Saint-Denis. The five-stage race ends Sunday in Geneva.


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