Tour de Romandie: Froome dominates the final time trial

Chris Froome (Team Sky) secured overall victory at the Tour de Romandie with a dominant performance in the final stage time trial around Neuchatel. The Briton started the 18.5km hilly time trial one second behind Simon Spilak (Katusha) but blasted up the mid-stage climb in his tucked aero time trial position and then dived to the finish to win the stage and take overall victory.

Froome set a time of 24:50 to beat world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) by less than a second. Kiwi Jesse Sergent (Trek Factory Racing) was third at eight seconds. Spilak fought hard and held onto to second place overall and finished the race 28 seconds back. After a close fight for the final spot on the podium, world road race champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) climbed onto the podium with Froome and Spilak. Vincenzo  Nibali (Astana) headed home defeat by his Tour de France rival, finishing the race fifth overall.

It was Froome's second consecutive victory at the Tour de Romandie, the third consecutive victory for Team Sky after Bradley Wiggins won in 2012 and the team's 150th victory.

Froome was happy after his performance in the time trial and after securing overall victory. He proved to his Tour de France rivals that he is back on track for July.

"I'm really happy to have this result. Spilak is not a time trial specialist like Tony Martin and I'm happy to have beaten him today. It was a close race. I didn’t feel confident, it was flat out and so it wasn't easy," Froome said after pulling on the winner's yellow jersey.

"This year was a different race; there were no hilltop finishes, so it made the race different. The time trial was extremely hard; on a very tough circuit but I think the climb was good for me. But with one second to gain on Simon Spilak it was really difficult. He was strong in the mountains the other day and I wasn't sure how it would go. I'm just so happy to be back in the yellow jersey. It's a great feeling."

Froome will now take a break from training but continue to train for the Tour de France after a difficult spring.

"This has been difficult period for me, I had a chest infection and problems with my back, it's not been easy but I've worked really hard to get back to this level. I'm really happy and now I just hope I can build on this to the Tour de France," he said.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:24:51
2Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:01
3Jesse Sergent (NZl) Trek Factory Racing0:00:08
4Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:15
5Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:20
6Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:00:29
7Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:00:31
9Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:35
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:36
12Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp0:00:37
14Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:00:38
15Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:40
16Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:00:42
17Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:43
18Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:44
20Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:45
21Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:46
22Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp0:00:49
23Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:51
24Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:01
25Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:04
26Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:07
27Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:08
28Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:01:09
29Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:10
31Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida0:01:13
32Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:14
33Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:15
34Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team0:01:21
35Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:25
36Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:01:26
37Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:31
38Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:32
39David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:01:37
40Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:38
42Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:46
43Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:49
44Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:52
45Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team KatushaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:54
47Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 46 - Cell 2
48Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:55
49Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:57
50Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 49 - Cell 2
51Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky0:01:58
52Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:01
53Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:02:02
54Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:04
55Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:05
57Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:07
58Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:08
59Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky0:02:09
61Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:02:10
62Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdgeRow 61 - Cell 2
63Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11
64Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:12
65Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:02:13
66Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:17
68Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 67 - Cell 2
69Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:18
70Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:02:20
71Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:22
73Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:23
74Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:26
75Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:02:28
76Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:02:29
77Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:31
78Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:02:32
79Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:02:33
81Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale0:02:34
82Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 81 - Cell 2
83Andre Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:02:36
84Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing0:02:40
86Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:02:41
87Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:43
88Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:02:45
89Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:46
90Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale0:02:47
91Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:48
93Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:49
94Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 93 - Cell 2
95Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:55
96Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:56
97Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:57
98Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.frRow 97 - Cell 2
99Eduard Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale0:02:58
101Pirmin Lang (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:00
102Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:01
103Mickaël Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:07
104Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team0:03:09
105Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:03:10
106Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 105 - Cell 2
107Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:15
109Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida0:03:25
110Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 109 - Cell 2
111Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:03:30