Tour de Romandie: Tratnik wins prologue

Roglic just off the mark in Neuchâtel

Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida) claimed victory in the prologue of the Tour de Romandie, beating his fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) into second place in the 3.8km time trial in Neuchâtel.

Just a second separated the top three riders in the technical time trial, with Tom Bohli (UAE Team Emirates) placing third, but the day belonged to the surprising Tratnik, who is national champion in the discipline.

The 29-year-old Tratnik is in only his second season at WorldTour level. He raced for QuickStep in 2011 but spent the following years on Continental and Pro Continental teams before returning to the top flight with Bahrain-Merida this year. Victory on the opening day of the Tour de Romandie is the most prestigious of the Ljubljana native’s career to date, and he admitted surprise at beating his friend and compatriot Roglic into second place.

"For sure I have surprised myself but I still believed on that sort of parcours like today I can do a really good result. I just focused on the road and tried to do everything at 100 percent and here, today, I have won the prologue so it is nice," Tratnik said.

"It's my first WorldTour win so for sure it's a really special win. Normally every time Primoz beats me. We're really good friends but today I beat him so it's a nice feeling."

The defending champion Roglic is back at the Tour de Romandie to fine-tune his form for the Giro d'Italia. The Slovenian arrived at the race after a lengthy stint of altitude training, but he showed no signs of fatigue as he produced a composed performance in the explosive time trial. His was the provisional best time until Tratnik knocked him off top spot and he gained an early advantage on his rivals for final overall victory.

Roglic was not the only impressive performer from Jumbo-Visma. Although the course was shorter and hillier than he would have liked, Tony Martin spent a chunk of the afternoon in the hot seat before ultimately settling for 4th place on the stage, 4 seconds down on Tratnik.

It was an encouraging afternoon, too, for Geraint Thomas (Ineos), who recorded his best result of the year to date by placing 5th on the stage, just behind Martin. The Welshman has had a subdued campaign to this point and the Tour de Romandie marks a pivotal race in his build-up to the defence of his Tour de France title.

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) has been a consistent performer at the Tour de Romandie over the years and the former world champion began his overall challenge on a solid note here with 10th place, 5 seconds down on Tratnik.

Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) had to settle for 21st place, 8 seconds off the pace, while 2015 overall winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) conceded some 17 seconds after placing 77th on the stage.

Tour of Turkey winner Felix Grosschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) placed 13th on the stage, 6 seconds down, while David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), fresh from an aggressive showing at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, limited his losses on the day to 9 seconds.

After setting a new Hour Record earlier this month, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) returned to the road in Neuchâtel but his hopes of stage victory were dashed by a crash. The European time trial champion picked himself back up to finish the stage, but was last on the day, over a minute down on Tratnik.

Wednesday's opening road stage of the Tour de Romandie brings the peloton to Le Chaux-de-Fonds, and the 170km leg features some 3400 metres of total climbing.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:05:06 
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:01 
3Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates  
4Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:04 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
6Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
7Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:00:05 
8Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
9Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
10Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
11Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team  
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:06 
13Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
14Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb  
16Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:07 
17Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:00:08 
18Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
19Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
22Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
23Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
24Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:09 
24Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
26James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
27Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data  
29Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
30David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
31Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma  
32Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
33Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team0:00:10 
34Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
35Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
35Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
37Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:00:11 
38Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
39Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
41Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
42Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
43Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:12 
44Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
45Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
46Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:13 
47Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
48Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
50Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First  
51Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:14 
52Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
53Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team  
55Will Barta (USA) CCC Team  
56Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar Team  
57Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
58Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
59Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:15 
60Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team  
61Florian Storck (Swi) Team Sunweb  
62Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team  
63Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First  
64Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
65Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data  
66Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) CCC Team  
67Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:00:16 
68Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
69Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
70Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
71Roland Thalmann (Swi) Swiss National Team  
72Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
73Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
75Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:17 
76Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
78Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
79Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert  
80Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
81William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
82Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:18 
83Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
84Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
85Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert  
86Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:19 
87Patrick Müller (Swi) Swiss National Team  
88Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal  
89Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain-Merida  
90Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First  
91Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
92Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:20 
93Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
94Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
95Simon Pellaud (Swi) Swiss National Team  
96Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
97Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:21 
98Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
99Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First  
100Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
101Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
102Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
103Rasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal  
104Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
105Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:00:22 
106Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
108Patrick Schelling (Swi) Swiss National Team  
109Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida0:00:23 
110Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida  
111Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
112Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:24 
113Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:25 
114Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert  
115Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) Swiss National Team  
116Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
117Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team  
118Claudio Imhof (Swi) Swiss National Team  
119Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:00:26 
120Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:27 
121Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data  
122Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:28 
123Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team  
124Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:29 
125Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
126Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
127Jacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:30 
128Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
129Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida  
130Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
131Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:31 
132Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
133Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
134Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:32 
135Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:33 
136Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Swiss National Team0:00:34 
137Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:35 
138Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team  
139Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:03 
DNSSam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:05:06 
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:01 
3Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates  
4Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:04 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
6Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
7Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:00:05 
8Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
9Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
10Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
11Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team  
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:06 
13Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
14Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb  
16Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:07 
17Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First0:00:08 
18Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
19Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb  
20Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
22Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
23Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
24Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:09 
24Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
26James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
27Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data  
29Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
30David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
31Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma  
32Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
33Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC Team0:00:10 
34Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
35Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
35Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
37Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert0:00:11 
38Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
39Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky  
41Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
42Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team  
43Davide Martinelli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:12 
44Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
45Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
46Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:13 
47Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
48Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
50Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First  
51Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:14 
52Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
53Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team  
55Will Barta (USA) CCC Team  
56Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar Team  
57Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
58Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
59Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:15 
60Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team  
61Florian Storck (Swi) Team Sunweb  
62Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Team  
63Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First  
64Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
65Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension Data  
66Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) CCC Team  
67Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:00:16 
68Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe  
69Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb  
70Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
71Roland Thalmann (Swi) Swiss National Team  
72Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
73Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
75Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:17 
76Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
78Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
79Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert  
80Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
81William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
82Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:18 
83Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
84Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
85Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert  
86Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:19 
87Patrick Müller (Swi) Swiss National Team  
88Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal  
89Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain-Merida  
90Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education First  
91Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
92Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:20 
93Erik Baska (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
94Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
95Simon Pellaud (Swi) Swiss National Team  
96Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
97Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:21 
98Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
99Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First  
100Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
101Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
102Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team  
103Rasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal  
104Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
105Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First0:00:22 
106Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team  
107Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
108Patrick Schelling (Swi) Swiss National Team  
109Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Bahrain-Merida0:00:23 
110Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida  
111Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb  
112Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:00:24 
113Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:25 
114Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert  
115Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) Swiss National Team  
116Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
117Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team  
118Claudio Imhof (Swi) Swiss National Team  
119Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal0:00:26 
120Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:27 
121Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data  
122Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:28 
123Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team  
124Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:29 
125Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates  
126Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
127Jacques Willem Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:30 
128Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
129Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida  
130Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
131Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:31 
132Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
133Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
134Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:32 
135Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:33 
136Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Swiss National Team0:00:34 
137Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:35 
138Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team  
139Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:03 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida30 pts
2Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma25 
3Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates22 
4Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma19 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky17 
6Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin15 
7Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ13 
8Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team11 
9Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe9 
10Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates7 
11Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team6 
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida5 
13Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe4 
14Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ3 
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb2 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:05:12 
2Filippo Ganna (Ita) Team Sky0:00:01 
3James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:03 
4David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
5Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma  
6Léo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:06 
7Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First0:00:07 
8Will Barta (USA) CCC Team0:00:08 
9Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
10Florian Storck (Swi) Team Sunweb0:00:09 
11Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:10 
12Callum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:11 
13Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
14Patrick Müller (Swi) Swiss National Team0:00:13 
15Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain-Merida  
16Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:14 
17Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:15 
18Rasmus Iversen (Den) Lotto Soudal  
19Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:16 
20Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
21Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:17 
22Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:00:19 
23Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data0:00:21 
24Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr) UAE Team Emirates0:00:23 
25Jonas Gregaard Wilsly (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:25 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Jumbo-Visma0:15:31 
2UAE Team Emirates0:00:02 
3Groupama-FDJ0:00:07 
4Team Sky0:00:09 
5Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:11 
6Team Sunweb  
7Mitchelton-Scott0:00:12 
8Bahrain-Merida  
9Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:13 
10Movistar Team  
11CCC Team0:00:16 
12Katusha-Alpecin0:00:19 
13Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
14AG2R La Mondiale0:00:23 
15EF Education First  
16Trek-Segafredo0:00:25 
17Lotto Soudal0:00:34 
18Dimension Data0:00:36 
19Swiss National Team0:00:42 
20Astana Pro Team0:00:46 

 

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