Izagirre wins prologue at Tour de Romandie

Dumoulin second, Kwiatkowski third

Movistar’s Ion Izagirre claimed the first leader’s jersey of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday after winning the prologue time trial by six seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and seven seconds over the Team Sky duo of Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas, who finished third and fourth.

Izagirre covered the 3.95km course in La Chaux-de-Fonds with a time of 5:03, creating a six-second buffer over Dumoulin, who eeked out the runner-up spot just ahead of the Sky teammates.

"I knew my condition was still great after the classics and this result is a happy confirmation of that,” Izagirre said. “We checked the course at noon today and I really liked it, with that short, sharp climb followed by the technical descent, through the small houses before the finish. It all turned out well and we're so happy to get this win.”

The opening day’s urban prologue course was fast and technical. At times it looked more like a criterium course than a time trial, with high speeds in the opening and closing sections driving the times. Sporadic wet weather, including occasional snow flurries, added to the challenge.

Although the parcours for the day had riders choosing between their normal road set ups and their time trial machines, Izagirre said the earlier performance by his brother Gorka, who finished fifth on the day, convinced him to go with his aero bike.

“I was doubtful about which bike should I bring into this course, the road race one or the TT one, but I saw Gorka doing great on the Speedmax and I took a last-minute change when I was already set to start with the traditional one,” he said.

Quintana finished 18th on the day, 16 seconds behind his winning teammate. Amador was 13, just 13 seconds back.

Other pre-race favourites in the top 20 include Tejay van Garderen (BMC), who was ninth at 11 seconds and Thibaut Pinot, who was 11th at 12 seconds.

Wednesday's stage 1 route takes riders over 166.9km from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Moudon.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:33 
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:06 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:07 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
5Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:08 
6Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:09 
7Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:11 
8Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
9Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:12 
11Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
12Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:13 
13Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
14Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:14 
15Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:15 
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
18Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:00:16 
19Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ  
20Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
21Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lotto Soudal  
22Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:17 
23Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
24Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
25Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
26Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:18 
27Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
29Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:19 
30Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
31Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:00:20 
32Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
33Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
34Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:21 
36Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:22 
37Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:23 
38Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
39Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
40Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
42Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
43Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
44Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
45Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:24 
46Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
47Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
48Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
49Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
50Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step  
51Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
52Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:00:25 
53Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
54Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
55Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida  
57Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:26 
59Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team  
60Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
61Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
62Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
63Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
64Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:27 
65Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
66Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo  
67Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
68Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
69Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling0:00:28 
70Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida  
71Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
72Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:29 
73Cameron Meyer (Aus) Dimension Data  
74Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky0:00:30 
75Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
76Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling  
77Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
78Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
79Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
80Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
81Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:31 
82Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
83Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
84Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha0:00:32 
85Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:33 
86Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
87Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
88Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:34 
89Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
90Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
91Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team0:00:35 
92Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
94Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36 
95Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
96Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
97Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
98Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data  
100Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
101Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:37 
102Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth0:00:38 
103Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
104Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
105Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
106Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
107William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
108Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
109Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:00:39 
110Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
111Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth  
112Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
113Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
114Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:40 
115Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
116Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
117Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:41 
118Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:00:42 
119Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:00:43 
120Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
121Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
122Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling0:00:44 
123Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
124Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
125Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
126Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:45 
127Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
128Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:00:46 
129Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
130Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:00:47 
131Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
132Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth0:00:48 
133Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
134Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:50 
135Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
136Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:51 
137Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
138Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
139Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
140Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:00:52 
141Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
142Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team  
143Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
144Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
145Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
146Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:53 
147Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
148Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
149Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:54 
150Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
151Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:55 
152Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
153Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:56 
154Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:00:57 
155Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:04 
156Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
157Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:01:05 
158Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:12 
159Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:16 
160Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
General Classification after Prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:33 
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:06 
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:07 
4Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
5Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:08 
6Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:09 
7Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:11 
8Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
9Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:12 
11Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
12Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:13 
13Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team  
14Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:14 
15Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:15 
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
18Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:00:16 
19Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ  
20Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
21Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lotto Soudal  
22Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:17 
23Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
24Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
25Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin  
26Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:18 
27Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
29Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:19 
30Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
31Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida0:00:20 
32Jack Bobridge (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
33Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
34Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
35Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:21 
36Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:22 
37Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:23 
38Davide Martinelli (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
39Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
40Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
42Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step  
43Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
44Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
45Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:24 
46Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
47Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
48Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
49Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
50Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step  
51Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
52Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:00:25 
53Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
54Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
55Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida  
57Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:26 
59Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team  
60Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
61Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
62Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
63Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
64Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:27 
65Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
66Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo  
67Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
68Matej Mohoric (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
69Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling0:00:28 
70Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida  
71Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
72Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:29 
73Cameron Meyer (Aus) Dimension Data  
74Alex Peters (GBr) Team Sky0:00:30 
75Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
76Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) IAM Cycling  
77Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
78Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team Roth  
79Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
80Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
81Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:31 
82Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
83Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff Team  
84Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha0:00:32 
85Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:33 
86Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
87Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
88Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:34 
89Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
90Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida  
91Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff Team0:00:35 
92Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
93Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
94Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36 
95Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal  
96Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
97Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
98Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data  
100Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
101Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:37 
102Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Roth0:00:38 
103Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
104Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
105Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
106Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
107William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
108Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
109Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff Team0:00:39 
110Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
111Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth  
112Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
113Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data  
114Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:40 
115Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
116Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
117Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:41 
118Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:00:42 
119Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:00:43 
120Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
121Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data  
122Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col) IAM Cycling0:00:44 
123Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
124Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
125Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
126Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:45 
127Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
128Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:00:46 
129Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
130Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:00:47 
131Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff Team  
132Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team Roth0:00:48 
133Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
134Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:50 
135Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
136Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:51 
137Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
138Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
139Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
140Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:00:52 
141Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
142Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff Team  
143Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
144Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team Roth  
145Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
146Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:53 
147Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
148Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
149Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:54 
150Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
151Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:55 
152Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team Roth  
153Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:56 
154Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:00:57 
155Antonio Pedrero Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:04 
156Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
157Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky0:01:05 
158Songezo Jim (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:12 
159Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:16 
160Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  

 

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