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UCI WorldTour: Froome wins the Tour de Romandie

Date:

28.04.2013

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Tour de Romandie's Results


Chris Froome (Team Sky) moved up to sixth place in the UCI WorldTour rankings thanks to securing dominant overall victory at the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland.

The Kenyan-born Briton led the race from start to finish. He won the hilly prologue time trial, then controlled the attacks in the hills thanks to the excellent work of his teammates, before making his own move on stage four to set up victory. Froome finished third in the final individual time trial stage behind UCI world champion Tony Martin but had a final winning margin of 54 seconds on Slovenian Simon Spilak (Katusha) and 1:49 on Portugal's Rui Costa (Movistar Team). It was his first overall victory in a UCI WorldTour stage race.

Froome scored a total of 112 points at the Tour de Romandie: 100 for is overall victory, and the other for stage results. He moved up from 21st to sixth place in the individual rankings and now has a total of 198 points in the season-long rankings.

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) still leads the individual ranking with 351 points after his dominance in the cobbled Classics. Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) is second with 312 points and recent Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) is third with 247 points.

Froome helped Team Sky extend its lead in the team ranking, with Richie Porte's fifth place in the individual ranking and Sergio Henao's ninth place, giving the British team top spot with a total of  751 points. The Katusha team is second with 655 points, while Movistar is third with 536 points.

Spain continues to lead the nations rankings, with 697 points. Colombia is second with 491 points and Great Britain rose from ninth to third and now has a total of 421 points.

Targeting the Tour de France

Chris Froome finished second in the Tour de France in 2012 but with winner and teammate Bradley Wiggins targeting the Giro d'Italia this year, he is the favourite to win the sport's biggest stage race. He proved it with a confident ride in the Tour de Romandie.

“It has been a really good week for us. I am really happy with my condition now in the build-up to the Tour de France,” Froome said after his victory in Geneva.

“This week I couldn’t have done it without the help of a really strong team around me. Every day since the prologue, they have protected me and kept me at the front of the race. I owe it to them this week.”

The Tour de Romandie is often a good indicator of rider's all round stage race ability. In the last two years both Cadel Evans and Bradley won the Tour de Romandie and then went on to win the Tour de France.

“Every race I do now is a good test for me, to see exactly where my condition is and what I need to work on. It has been a really good experience for me this week. This win is definitely a good omen, but  the Tour is still two months away and I need to do a lot of hard training before then.”

Froome is expected to next measure his form at the Critérium du Dauphiné stage UCI WorldTour race in the French Alps in early June.

It's time for the Giro d'Italia

The UCI WorldTour continues in May with the Giro d'Italia –the first of the cycling's Grand Tours, the sport's Grand Slam events.

The three-week race begins in Naples on Saturday May 4 and ends in Brescia on Sunday May 26. The riders face over 3,400km of racing, with time trials and especially some tough mountain stages in the Alps and  the Dolomites deciding who takes the iconic race leader's pink jersey.

The winner of the Giro d'Italia will also score 170 UCI WorldTour ranking points, with other points going to riders in the top 20 in the overall standings and to stage winners.

This year's Giro d'Italia has a star-studded start list, with Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) taking on home favourite Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) of Canada.

Other overall contenders include Spain's Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Australia's Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) and Italians Ivan Basso (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida). Other names to watch for include Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) plus sprinters Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge).

The UCI WorldTour rankings will be updated immediately after the race ends in Brescia.

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