Tour de Romandie
Stage 5: Vufflens-la-Ville - Genève
Switzerland Sunday 30 April 2023 170.8 km
Soudal Quick-Step concludes Romandie with two stage wins
Our final World Tour race before the Giro d’Italia came to an end Sunday afternoon in Geneva, which witnessed a reduced bunch sprint after an intense day of racing. On paper, it should have been an easy stage, but several teams tried to take advantage of the two classified climbs that came in the second part of the course to try and drop the sprinters.
Ethan Vernon was among those distance, but a fantastic effort of his teammates Josef Cerny and Dries Devenyns helped him come back in the main group twenty kilometers from the finish. Unfortunately, the effort after almost an hour of full gas racing took its toll on the young Brit, who lost contact with the peloton when more attacks came in waves on the rolling roads to the finish. In the end, the victory went to Fernando Gaviria (Movistar), while Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) wrapped up the general classification.
Nevertheless, the Tour de Romandie was a success for Soudal Quick-Step, who claimed back-to-back victories at the beginning of the week with Josef Cerny and Ethan Vernon, while also enjoying two days in the yellow jersey. These results helped The Wolfpack cement its place on the podium of the UCI team classification ahead of the season’s first Grand Tour, which is due to start in a couple of days.
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