Stefan Küng surges to solo Tour de Romandie stage 2 win

Stefan Küng wins Tour de Romandie 2019 stage 2

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):

1Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)


2Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)


3Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida)


4Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)


5Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


6Patrick Bevin (CCC)


7Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin)


9Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data)


10Andrea Pasqualon (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)



Tour de Romandie 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


2Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)


3David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)


4Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)


5Carlos Betancur (Movistar)


6Felix Großschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


8James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


9Damien Howson (Mitchelton-Scott)


10Winner Anacona (Movistar)



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