A powerful solo burst from Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) clinched victory on stage 2 of the Tour of Romandie on Thursday after a 174.4km rolling run in misty rain from the foothills of the Jura to the edge of Lake Geneva.
When the 25-year-old time-trial specialist made his move, the peloton knew Küng had no chance of taking the overall lead.
The Swiss rider launched his surge from a mini break with 18km to race. He produced a sustained tempo all the way to the line.
Some 59 seconds after Kung raised his arms in victory, Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) edged Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) for second as the peloton went through in a bunch sprint.
“I had a look at the stage profiles and realised this was a good day for me,” Kung said. “I knew that if I had a minute with 20km to go, then I’d have a chance. Of course, you’ve got to get in the right break and then to be able to drop the other guys, have the legs and hold off the peloton, so it’s complicated. But I pulled it off and it’s a great win for me”.
This was Kung’s third career stage win on the Tour of Romandie and his second stage win of the season.
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finished with the pack and stayed in yellow.
Tour de Romandie 2019 – stage 2 results (Le Locle – Morges):
|1||Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)|
|2||Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|3||Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)|
|4||Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)|
|5||Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|6||Patrick Bevin (CCC)|
|7||Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|8||Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)|
|9||Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)|
|10||Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)|
Tour de Romandie 2019 – general classification after stage 2:
|1||Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)|
|2||Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)|
|3||David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)|
|4||Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)|
|5||Carlos Betancur (Movistar)|
|6||Felix Großschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|7||Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)|
|8||James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|9||Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|10||Winner Anacona (Movistar)|