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Stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie gives a glimpse of what might have been, as the peloton tackles terrain that was earmarked for the 2020 World Championships, earmarked for Aigle and Martigny but later moved to Imola due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stage get underway at 13.05 local time and there are some 2200m of climbing across the day's 168km.

Rohan Dennis wears the yellow jersey after his victory in yesterday's prologue time trial and Ineos occupy the top three places on general classification after Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte's strong displays. World time trial champion Filippo Ganna, meanwhile, sits in 9th overall.

ORON SWITZERLAND APRIL 27 Rohan Dennis of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Yellow Leader Jersey celebrates at podium during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Prologue a 405km Individual Time Trial stage from Oron to Oron 700m Cheese Trophy Mask Covid Safety Measures ITT TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 27 2021 in Oron Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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General classification after prologue

1          Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers           0:05:26

2          Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers        0:00:09

3          Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers  

4          Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep   0:00:11

5          Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo 

6          Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious   0:00:13

7          Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis   0:00:14

8          Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates        0:00:15

9          Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 

10        Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 

11        Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe      0:00:16

12        Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM     

13        Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma       

14        Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ    0:00:17

15        Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo      

16        Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation      0:00:18

17        Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep     

18        Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  0:00:19

19        Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech

20        Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar

The Tour de Romandie peloton has rolled out of Aigle for the start of stage 1. They are navigating a 5.2km neutralised zone before the official start. 

The opening part of the stage brings the peloton down the Rhône valley from Aigle to Martigny, taking in the category 3 climb of La Rasse after 12.2km. On reaching Martigny, the peloton tackles four laps of a 33km circuit over the category 3 ascents of Produit and Chamoson. The summit of the final climb comes 22km from the finish line.

-168km

The flag drops and the pace rises immediately as several riders attempt to forge clear in the opening kilometres.

Almost inevitably, Simon Pellaud - riding here with the Swiss national team - is among the early attackers. He is joined by Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën) , Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal) and Dylan Sunderland (Qhubeka-Assos). 

-165km

Their offensive doesn't last long at this searing early pace. Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal) and Joel Sutter (Switzerland) are the next to establish a small lead over the peloton. 

Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Thomas Champion (Cofidis) manage to bridge across to the two escapees to form a seven-man group at the front.

-161km

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Sutter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Thomas Champion (Cofidis) have a lead of 16 seconds over the peloton.

Correction: Thomas Champion (Cofidis) hasn't yet made it across to the break. At the foot of the climb of La Rasse (2.4km at 8.3%), there are six riders in front with a lead of 15 seconds over Champion and 45 over the peloton. 

-157km.

The six riders in front are Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Sutter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos). The lone chaser Thomas Champion appears to be losing ground and this has all the appearances of a settled early break. 

-154km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Sutter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos)

Chaser at 1:00

Thomas Champion (Cofidis)

Peloton at 2:19

Joel Suter (Switzerland) led Boaro, Conca and the rest of the break over the climb of La Rasse. Suter is here in the colours of the Swiss national team but he is in his second season at Pro Continental level with Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles. He rode strongly at last year's Tour du Limousin, placing second to a flying Fernando Gaviria on stage 2 to earn a spell in the leader's jersey.

-148km

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) hold a lead of 2:10 over the peloton after 20km. Champion, meanwhile, appears to have sat up and awaited the bunch. 

-142km

After a strong showing at the Volta a Catalunya, where he was part of an Ineos sweep of the podium, Geraint Thomas began the Tour de Romandie on the front foot with second place in another Ineos 1-2-3. The Welshman finished 9 seconds down on Rohan Dennis and just ahead of Richie Porte, confirming his status among the favourites for overall honours here. He was third overall in the last edition two years ago. "I blew out some cobwebs," Thomas said after the prologue. "It’s the same for everyone though, we’re not really used to doing efforts like that. But it was decent, I think." Read more here.

ORON SWITZERLAND APRIL 27 Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Prologue a 405km Individual Time Trial stage from Oron to Oron 700m ITT TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 27 2021 in Oron Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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-137km

The pace has relented considerably in the peloton, meanwhile, and the six leaders have extended their advantage to 5:20 over the peloton. Thymen Arensman (DSM), who began the day 21 seconds off Dennis in 25th overall, is the highest placed of the escapees on GC. 

-134km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos)

Peloton at 5:20

The leading sextet are onto the circuit and tackling the first of four ascents of Produit. The category 3 climb is 2.6km long with an average gradient of 7.2% and maximum slopes of 12%. A descent of under 3km brings the race to the category 3 ascent of Chamoson, which is 2.2km long with an average gradient of 5.9% and maximum pitches of 9%.

-130km

With so much distance - and climbing - yet to run, there is no particular urgency in the peloton. Ineos lead the bunch to the base of Produit, 6:20 down on the break.

Joel Suter appears to be a man on a mission this afternoon. The Swiss rider is first to the top of Produit to extend his virtual lead in the king of the mountains classification. Boaro was next over the line, followed by Conca and Power. 

Diego Ulissi's career looked in doubt during the winter when he was diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after an irregular heartbeat was detected during pre-season training. Testing in the Riuniti hospital in Ancona in January ruled out the possibility of congenital heart disease, and Ulissi was given the all-clear to resume training and return to competition. His first race back was the GP Miguel Indurain and he also rode Itzulia Basque Country, but he and his team were forced out of Flèche Wallonne after an apparent positive test for COVID-19, though this was later shown to be a false positive. The Tuscan was since named on the provisional start list for the Giro d'Italia, which was published yesterday.

Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

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-119km

No alarms and no surprises atop the Chamoson, where Suter leads Power, Boaro and Conca over the summit. The Swiss rider has a maximum 15 mountains classification points to show for his day's work so far. The Ineos-led peloton crests the summit at 5:15. 

Situation

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos)

Peloton at 5:15

Ineos continue to set the tempo in the peloton and their pace-making efforts have shaved the break's lead back a little further. 4:36 is the gap.

-113km

Harry Tanfield (Qhubeka-Assos) has abandoned the race. 

Thymen Arensman (DSM) only turned 21 in December but he had already completed his first Grand Tour, placing 41st overall at last year's Vuelta a España. He placed third behind Tim Wellens on stage 5 to Sabiñanigo and he was up there again at Oursense on stage 14, when Wellens was again the victor. Arensman only turned pro midway through last season, stepping up from SEG Racing. His most notable calling card as an amateur was placing second behind one Tadej Pogačar on the 2018 Tour de l'Avenir, when he was still only 18 years of age. 

VALLTER 2000 SETCASES VALL CAMPRODON SPAIN MARCH 24 Thymen Arensman of Netherlands and Team DSM during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 3 a 2031km stage from Canal Olmpic de Catalunya to Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon 2125m VoltaCatalunya100 on March 24 2021 in Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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-107km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos)

Peloton at 4:15

-98km

Into the final 100km for the six leaders, whose advantage has just dropped inside 4 minutes. They are on their second lap of the circuit and approaching the Produit-Chamoson combination for the second time. 

Suter tacks on another five to his haul of mountains classification points as he leads Boaro, Power and Ulissi over the second climb of Produit. After a quick desent, the leaders are now climbing Chamoson. 

-90km

The break's advantage is slowly beginning to recede. The peloton has closed to within 3:30.

An important clarification from the Tour de Romandie organisation. Race radio mistakenly identified Diego Ulissi as being in the break when it has been, in fact, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën) all along. The perils of reporting on a race before live television pictures are available... 

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And here is the photographic evidence. The break is composed of Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën).

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-78km

Suter (who else?) lead the break over the second ascent of Chamoson and now their lead is out to 4:28 again. Must be down to Gougeard's fresh legs. 

-77km

Manuele Boaro leads Power and Conca through the first intermediate sprint in Saxon. 

Situation

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën).

Peloton at 4:28

-74km

Live television pictures begin, confirming again the presence of Gougeard in the break. Ineos continue to lead the way in the peloton.

The six leaders are collaborating smoothly with a lead of just under 4 minutes over the peloton.

-65km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën).

Peloton at 3:39

Filippo Conca is in his first season as a professional and he began his time at Lotto Soudal with the mountains classification at the Tour de la Provence. The Italian hails from I promessi sposi country near Lecco and he was 5th overall in each of the past two editions of the U23 Giro d'Italia.

The six-man break begins its third ascent of Produit with a lead of 3:24 over the peloton. They continue to swap turns on the front pretty smoothly as they climb.

Suter is content to sit near the back of the break for the time being, but he will surely move up as they approch the summit.

Suter takes over in the final kilometre of the climb of Produit. Ineos, meanwhile, continue to lay down the tempo behind, and the peloton has closed to within 2:49 of the escapees.

-61km

Joel Suter wins a very full-throated sprint to the top ahead of Boaro and Power. 25 points out of 25 for the Swiss rider so far on the climbs. Conca, Arensman and Gougeard were distanced in the final kick to the summit but the break should reform over the other side. 

Or perhaps not... Suter, having initially knocked off his pace after the sprint, opts to press on alone on the descent towards the base of Chamoson. The peloton crests the summit at 2:50.

Suter begins the climb to Chamoson with a lead of 15 seconds or so over the rest of the break. 

Eddie Dunabar sits the pace for Ineos at the head of the peloton on the climb to Chamoson, 2:49 down on the lone leader Suter, who has extended his advantage over the rest of the break.

-55km

Joel Suter leads over the top of Chamoson and he looks to be committed to his solo effort at the head of the race as he swoops down the other side. 

Situation

Break:

Joel Suter (Switzerland)

Chasers at 0:28

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën)

Peloton at 2:48

-52km

Suter's lead began to diminish as soon as he hit the flat, exposed road after the descent and he has been recaptured by Boaro, Power, Arensen, Gougeard and Conca. This sextet has 2:34 in hand on the peloton.

There are menacing dark clouds overhead but the forecast rain hasn't materialised just yet and the sun is still occasionally poking through the clouds.

Juraj Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) comes to the front of the peloton to join the Ineos chase effort. The final lap of this circuit might whittle down the peloton, but his brother Peter would expect to make the selection for a reduced bunch sprint in Martigny. 

MATAR SPAIN MARCH 27 Arrival Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team BORA Hansgrohe Celebration during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 6 a 1938km stage from Tarragona to Matar VoltaCatalunya100 on March 27 2021 in Matar Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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-48km

Into the final 50km for the escapees, whose lead is ineluctably coming down as the day draws on. With one lap of the circuit and the following run-in to go, the gap stands at 2:09.

The six leaders are still committed and still collaboaring even after Suter's solo effort. Their lead remains just over 2 minutes, but that gap will srely stgart to come down over the final two climbs. Meanwhile, Tsgavu Grmay joins the chase effort at the head of the peloton on behalf of his BikeExchange teammate Dion Smith.

BikeExchange and Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe squad are the only sprint teams to shown their hands so far. It's possible that the Cofidis squad of Elia Viviani might wait until after the final Produit-Chamoson combination before committing to the chase. 

-43km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën)

Peloton at 1:58

A crash in the peloton sees Javier Romo (Astana Premier Tech) and the Jumbo-Visma duo of Gijs Leemreize and Christoph Pfingsten get tangled up, but all three remount and rejoin the fray.

Bahrain Victorious join BikeExchange and Bora-Hansgrohe in the chase effort, with an eye to Phil Bauhaus' sprint chances.

Romo's shredded kit shows cuts on his left shoulder and hit as well as his elbow, but the Spaniard is back on his bike and chasing the rear of the peloton.

-39km

The urgency of the sprinters' teams has swiftly brought the break's lead back to 1:24, and the final climbs of the day are still to come. 

-36km

As well as the sprinters' teams, the squads of the GC contenders are now beginning to push for real estate at the head of the peloton before the final two climbs. Tony Martin leads a cohort from Jumbo-Visma towards the front and Israel Start-Up Nation are also moving up. Meanwhile, the break's lead has dropped to one minute.

-35km

Break:

Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Thymen Arensman (DSM), Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos) and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-Citroën)

Peloton at 0:55

-31km

The peloton continues to chisel away at the break's lead, which now stands at 47 seconds. Jumbo-Visma, Israel Start-Up Nation, Deceuninck-QuickStep are all present in numbers at the head of the bunch on the run-in to the climbs of Produit and Chamoson, where they might well be pyrotechnics. 

-29km

The break swings left off the main road and onto the lower slopes of the climb of Produit. Their lead is down to just 14 seconds and the peloton is closing fast. 

Ineos are back holding the reins in the bunch at the base of the climb to Produit, with Geraint Thomas, Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte all prominent near the front.

Arsensman pushes on the pace in the break, and the speed is too much for Gougeard, who is dropped. The rest of the escapees won't last much longer if the peloton continues at its current rate of knots.

Gougeard has been caught by the peloton, where Filippo Ganna sets the pace. The five remaining escapees are still 19 seconds clear, with Arsensman and Suter the strongest of the quintet. 

Power is dropped from the break and Conca and Boaro are also struggling to follow.

Theym

Arensman's forcing is too much for the rest of the break on the slopes of Produit and the Dutch youngster presses clear alone.

-26km

Thymen Arensman (DSM) crosses the summit of Produit with a lead of 10 seconds or so over the peloton.

The remnants of the break have been caught by the peloton. Arensman, meanwhile, defends a lead of a dozen or so seconds on the descent.

-23.5km

Arensman begins the final climb of Chamoson with a lead of 15 seconds over a peloton where Filippo Ganna (Ineos) is still setting the tempo.

This climb is easier than the ascent to Produit, but it won't necessairly feel that way for Arensman, who climbs out of the saddle in a bid to hold off the chasing peloton.

-23km

Break:

Thymen Arensman (DSM)

Peloton at 0:14

Arensman takes a long look over his shoulder. He might just hang on to the top of the final climb, but the peloton is almost upon him.

-21km

Thymen Arensman leads over the climb of Chamoson, but he is about to be pegged back by a slightly reduced peloton over the other side, as the first drops of rain begin to fall.

-20km

Thymen Arensman (DSM) has been brought back by the peloton, where Eddie Dunbar and Filippo Ganna set the pace for Ineos. 

-18.5km

A very ambitious solo attempt from Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on a rather false flat. The Frenchman's prodigious acceleration sees him open a small gap over the peloton.

-17km

Cavagna's cameo lasts a little over a kilometre before he is brought back. An aerial shot of the peloton shows, however, that it was quite significantly reduced over the two climbs. It remains to be seen if all of the fast men are still aboard. 

-15km

Tsgabu Grmay and Brent Bookwalter are back on the front for BikeExchange on behalf of Dion Smith.  

The riders dropped from the peloton on the final lap of the circuit are 28 seconds down. Dion Smith, Peter Sagan, Jake Stewart and Sonny Colbrelli are among the fast men in the front group, but it's not immediately clear if any of the sprinters missed the split.

-12.5km

Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) mimics Cavagna with a solo effort, but the Swiss champion won't get far with the pace this high in the peloton.

-12km

Küng is caught on the wide, exposed roads on the run-in. As soon as he is caught, Remi Cavagna goes again, bringing three riders with him.

-11km

Cavagna has his teammate Mattia Cattaneo for company, as well as Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) and Damien Howson (BikeExchange). 

-10km

Valais native Reichenbach has the local knowledge, but he has Stewart in the peloton, and so he isn't contributing. Howson has the strength, but he has Smith behind, and so the onus is on the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo to work.

-9km

Break:

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mattia Cattaneo (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Damien Howson (BikeExchange) and Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ)

Peloton at 0:10

Cattaneo takes a flyer from the break, but Howson and Reichenbach are wise to the move and bring him back. 

-8km

Cavagna, Cattaeno, Reichenbach and Howson are brought back by the peloton, where Lotto Soudal, Bahrain Victorious and Bora-Hansgrohe are among those setting the tempo.

EF Education Nippo are contributing now on behalf of Magnus Cort, with Ecuadorian champion Jonathan Caicedo prominent.

-5km

Bora-Hansgrohe lead the peloton into the final 5km on behalf of Peter Sagan. A sprint finish appears to be inevitable, especially given that the headwind in the finale seems most unsuited to late attackers. 

-4km

Bahrain Victorious and Bora-Hansgrohe are also helping to keep the pace high on the run-in to Martigny.

-3km

A delegation from Groupama-FDJ moves up with an eye to teeing up Jake Stewart, but not many teams have the numbers for a concerted lead-out.

Küng hits the front and puts in a big turn. EF Nippo Education have a small delegation here for Cort. 

-2km

Israel Start-Up Nation leads into the final 2km. Sagan is moving up on the left-hand side on Sonny Colbrelli's wheel.

Philippe Gilbert and Iljo Keisse are also moving up ahead of the flamme rouge.

-1km

Bahrain Victorious lead into the final kilometre...

Colbrelli sits in second wheel through the final right-hand turn. Sagan is tucked in fourth place.

Colbrelli opens the sprint from distance but Sagan is quickly upon him...

Sagan hits the front...

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie.

Sagan tracked Colbrelli's wheel and then drew level with him inside the final 150m. Once he got half a wheel in front, he never gave up the lead. The three-time world champion managed to maintain his speed over the closing metres to hold off Colbrelli for the win, while Patrick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation) took third ahead of Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert).

Result

1          Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe    4:12:40

2          Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious        

3          Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation     

4          Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux          

5          Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates    

6          Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo      

7          Dion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange         

8          Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team

9          Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 

10        Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

General classification

1          Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers           4:18:06

2          Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers        0:0:09

3          Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers  

4          Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep   0:0:11

5          Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe    0:0:12

6          Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious   0:0:13

7          Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation      0:0:14

8          Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis  

9          Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates        0:0:15

10        Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep

MARTIGNY SWITZERLAND APRIL 28 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe celebrates during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 1 a 1681km stage from Aigle to Martigny TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 28 2021 in Martigny Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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MARTIGNY SWITZERLAND APRIL 28 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Sonny Colbrelli of Italy and Team Bahrain Victorious Patrick Bevin of New Zealand and Team Israel StartUp Nation Andrea Pasqualon of Italy and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux Alessandro Covi of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Education Nippo sprint at arrival during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 1 a 1681km stage from Aigle to Martigny TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 28 2021 in Martigny Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) was straightforward in his appraisal. "I went from too far out and I had Peter on my wheel. He came past me with 50m to go. The team did great work and it’s just a pity I went from too far out. That’s how it was. I wasn’t bad, I sprinted well, but it’s a pity it was a second-place finish."

Overall leader Rohan Dennis (Ineos): "We just rode a good tempo and made sure we kept the breakaway close so the sprinters' teams would come up and help later in the stage. It was pretty straightforward. Tomorrow will be more complicated, we'll see what the  legs can do. There's a little bit more climbing than today. But if I go down, I'll go down swinging, but we've got two guys [Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte] who can climb with the best in the world so it's no stress for me. If there's three of us left and the guys need me to ride on the front even in this jersey, then I'll ride. That's the rank in the team. Those guys can fight out who's first, but I'm definitely third behind them."

MARTIGNY SWITZERLAND APRIL 28 Rohan Dennis of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Yellow Leader Jersey at podium during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 1 a 1681km stage from Aigle to Martigny Mask Covid safety measures Flowers Trophy TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 28 2021 in Martigny Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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Peter Sagan on his victory: "I’m very happy my teammates kept the bunch all together under control. After we went into the last 5km, Merida-Bahrain were leading the bunch. I saw it was going to be headwind in the last kilometre so I chose Colbrelli’s wheel, and in the end I said it was going to be a hard sprint because of the headwind, so it was better to be a little bit back. After the last 300m, I overtook one guy, from Israel, I think, and after I took the wheel of Colrelli and after I passed him.

"Every victory is good, it’s better than second place. Everybody is talking about ‘Sagan is back’ or something, but I never left. I’m always here."

MARTIGNY SWITZERLAND APRIL 28 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe stage winner celebrates at podium during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 1 a 1681km stage from Aigle to Martigny Mask Covid safety measures Flowers TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 28 2021 in Martigny Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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A full report, pictures and results from today's stage are available here.

MARTIGNY SWITZERLAND APRIL 28 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Green Points Jersey celebrates at podium during the 74th Tour De Romandie 2021 Stage 1 a 1681km stage from Aigle to Martigny Trophy Mask Covid safety measures Flowers TDR2021 TDRnonstop UCIworldtour on April 28 2021 in Martigny Switzerland Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

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