The Ineos rider lost control of his bike as the pair sprinted for the line at Thyon 2000, his hand slipping from his handlebar as he rose from the saddle.
The race concludes on Sunday with an individual time trial.
Cyclingnews will be bringing you full reports, results, news, interviews, and analysis throughout the race. Read on to find out how to watch Tour de Romandie via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.
The Tour de Romandie returns after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, offering up a prologue, a final time trial, a big mountain top finish and three lumpy stages that will give roulers and sprinters their chance.
In its usual pre-Giro d'Italia slot, the Tour de Romandie has attracted a top-class field this season, with former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) wearing bib number one in the absence of defending champion Primoz Roglic, and other contenders such as Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), former Tour de Romandie winner Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) and Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) on the start line.
The time trials will favour the likes of Rohan Dennis and Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo), while sprint days will bring Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Elia Viviani (Cofidis), Jake Stewart (Groupama-FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) to the fore.
Miguel Angel Lopez makes his debut with his new Movistar Team, while Ion Izagirre (Astana Premier-Tech), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) and Fausto Masnada (Deceuninck-Quickstep) are other riders to watch on the climbs.
Tour de Romandie live stream
Tour de Romandie will be broadcast around Europe on Eurosport. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.
The race will be aired in the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA, Canada, and Australia on GCN+ and in select other territories. A year’s subscription to GCN+ now costs £39.99 / €39.99 / $49.99 after the end of a promotional price in February.
If you live outside a broadcast zone or are on holiday outside your country and find the live streams to be geo-restricted, you can get around this by getting access to them by simulating being back in your home country via a 'virtual private network', or VPN, for your laptop, tablet or mobile.
Our sister site TechRadar tested hundreds of VPNs and recommends the number-one VPN currently available as Express VPN. With ExpressVPN, you can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
Tour de Romandie schedule
|Stage||Location||Length (km)||Time (CET)|
|Prologue||Oron||4.05||15:00 - 17:31|
|Stage 1||Aigle - Martigny||168.1||13:05 - 17:24|
|Stage 2||La Neuveville - Saint-Imier||165.7||13:00 - 17:25|
|Stage 3||Estavayer - Estavayer||168.7||13:15 - 17:24|
|Stage 4||Sion - Thyon 2000||161.3||12:45 - 17:17|
|Stage 5||Fribourg (ITT)||16.19||11:54 - 15:00|
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