Tour de Romandie: Peter Sagan wins stage 1

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed victory on stage 1 of the Tour de Romandie in a bunch sprint in Martigny.

Eleven years on from his last appearance in the Swiss race in his first season as a pro, the three-time world champion got the better of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) in a tight finish from a reduced peloton.

Patrick Bevin (Israel-Start Up Nation), who’d battled with Sagan for Colbrelli’s wheel as the sprint opened up, claimed the final spot on the podium.

Rohan Dennis finished safely in the bunch to retain his overall lead, with Ineos Grenadiers retaining the overall podium positions with Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte.

It was a bunch sprint but a tough day in the saddle, with 2200 metres of elevation gain on the 168km route, drizzling rain, and a block headwind on the 20km run-in to Martigny. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) and Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) were dropped but most of the expected sprint contenders and overall hopefuls arrived in the main peloton after four laps of a 33km circuit over the short third-category climbs of Produit and Chamoson.

After the day’s six-man breakaway was reeled in, Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) tried some speculative attacks on the run-in but Bahrain were prominent in the peloton and went on to lead out the sprint, with Jan Tratnik taking Colbrelli all the way to the last 250 metres.

When Colbrelli hit the wind, Sagan moved out from behind Bevin and jostled for a place in the slipstream before moving right to sprint down the centre of the road. He got in front and held his speed to the line, as Colbrelli shook his head in frustration, rueful at going too early.

How it unfolded

A breakaway of six riders formed on the opening part of the course, leading up to the early climb of La Rasse. In there were: Filippo Conca (Lotto Soudal), Joel Suter (Switzerland), Manuele Boaro (Astana Premier Tech), Alexis Gougeard (AG2R Citroën), Thymen Arensman (DSM) and Rob Power (Qhubeka-Assos). There was a lone chaser in Thomas Champion (Cofidis) but he never made it across.

Suter made his intentions clear by being first to the top of La Rasse, adding to his growing tally of mountains classification points on the two climbs on the opening lap of the circuit.

The first climb of Produit was 2.6km long with an average gradient of 7.2 per cent and slopes of 12 per cent on a narrow winding road through hillside vineyards. After a steep, winding descent, the climb of Chamoson was steadier and wider, 2.2k long with an average gradient of 5.9 per cent.

The break built a maximum lead of six minutes but it was down to 4:15 by the start of the second lap. Suter led over both climbs again and Ineos brought the gap down to 3:30 before letting it go back out to 4:30 at the start of the third lap.

Suter once again fought his way to the top of Produit in pole position, and carried his effort over the top and onto the descent. He held his lead to the top of Chamoson to secure the mountains jersey before slotting back into the break.

On the last part of that third lap, the peloton lifted the pace significantly, bringing the gap down to just two minutes. The charge continued on the final lap as teams battled for position ahead of the climbs, which this time would be taken a lot faster.

The gap plummeted and the six escapees started Produit with just 20 seconds in hand. Gougeard was the first to fall away, as Suter went on the move once again, but it was Arensman who emerged as the strongest from the break.

He held the bunch at just under 20 seconds as all his former companions were caught on the climb by a thinning peloton led by Ineos’ Filippo Ganna. BikeExchange took charge towards the top and on the descent, but Arensman took his lead onto and over the Chamoson climb.

By that point, however, the gap was tiny, and he was caught with 21km to go. Cavagna then tried the first of his long-range attacks, before BikeExchange, sensing some sprinters had been dropped, took it up for Dion Smith. They rode so hard that their two riders on the front gapped the rest of the bunch for a short while.

Cavagna went again with 11.5km to go, this time with teammate Mattia Cattaneo. They were marked by Damien Howson (BikeExchange) and Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), who were mere passengers. Cattaneo tried a surprise attack but they were all back in the bunch with 8km to go.

Bora and Bahrain set the pace in the final kilometres, with Israel coming to the fore late on. It was Bahrain who took control in the final kilometre, with Tratnik leading Colbrelli through the final right-hand bend. The Italian opened up but perhaps went too early, and Sagan was well positioned to claim the second win of his season.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:12:40
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation
4Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
5Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
7Dion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange
8Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
9Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
10Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
11Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
12Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
13Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
14Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Qhubeka Assos
15Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team
16Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
17Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
18Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
19Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
20Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
21Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
22Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
23Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
24Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
25Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
26Damien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
27Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
28Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo
29Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
30Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
31Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
32Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education-Nippo
33Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
34Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-up Nation
35Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
36Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Qhubeka Assos
37Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
38Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
39Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
40Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team
41Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
42Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
43Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
44Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
45Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
46Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
47Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM
48Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
49Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
50Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
51Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Team BikeExchange
52Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
53Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
54Tejay van Garderen (USA) EF Education-Nippo
55Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
56Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo
57Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
58Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
59Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
60Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM
61Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
62Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team
63Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
64Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM
65Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
66Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
67Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
68Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R Citroën Team
69Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
70Brent Bookwalter (USA) Team BikeExchange
71Eddie Dunbar (Irl) Ineos Grenadiers
72Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
73Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team
74Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
75Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
76Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
77Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
78Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
79Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:03:34
80Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal
81Tom Bohli (Swi) Cofidis
82Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
83Lawrence Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
84Davide Martinelli (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
85Stephen Williams (GBr) Bahrain Victorious
86Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Qhubeka Assos
87Sander Armée (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
88Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
89Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM
90Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
91Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team
92Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
93Chris Froome (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
94Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
95Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis
96Alex Edmondson (Aus) Team BikeExchange
97Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
98Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
99Rodrigo Contreras Pinzon (Col) Astana-Premier Tech
100Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
101Julien El Fares (Fra) EF Education-Nippo
102Owain Doull (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
103Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis
104Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
105Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
106Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
107Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
108Felix Gall (Aut) Team DSM
109Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:07:22
110Joab Schneiter (Swi) Swiss National Team
111Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
112Matthias Reutimann (Swi) Swiss National Team
113Thomas Champion (Fra) Cofidis
114Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM
115Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
116Cyrille Thiery (Swi) Swiss National Team
117Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cofidis 0:10:36
118Charlie Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo
119Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
120Simon Pellaud (Swi) Swiss National Team
121Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
122Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
123Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
124Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
125Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
126Mathias Fluckiger (Swi) Swiss National Team
127Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation
128Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
129Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
130Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma
131Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
132Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
133Javier Romo Oliver (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
134Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
135Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
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Sprint 1 - Saxon km. 89.4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 15
2Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 10
3Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 6
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Sprint 2 - Saxon km. 124
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 15
2Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 10
3Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 6
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Sprint 3 - Martigny km. 168.1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 50
2Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious 30
3Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 20
4Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 18
5Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 16
6Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo 14
7Dion Smith (NZl) Team BikeExchange 12
8Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 10
9Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 8
10Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 7
11Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 6
12Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 5
13Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 4
14Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Qhubeka Assos 3
15Davide Villella (Ita) Movistar Team 2
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Mountain 1 - La Rasse km. 12.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 3
3Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 2
4Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 1
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Mountain 2 - Produit km. 38.1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 3
3Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 2
4Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 1
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Mountain 3 - Chamoson km. 42.8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 3
3Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 2
4Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 1
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Mountain 4 - Produit km. 72.7
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 3
3Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
4Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 1
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Mountain 5 - Chamoson km. 77.4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 3
3Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 2
4Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 1
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Mountain 6 - Produit km. 107.3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 3
3Rob Power (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
4Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 1
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Mountain 7 - Chamoson km. 112
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 5
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 3
3Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 2
4Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 1
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Mountain 8 - Produit km. 141.9
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 5
2Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team 3
3Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange 2
4Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 1
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Mountain 9 - Chamoson km. 146.6
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 5
2Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 3
3Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 2
4Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 1
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Young Riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 4:12:40
2Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
3Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
4Jake Stewart (GBr) Groupama-FDJ
5Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
6Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
7Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
8Gijs Leemreize (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
9Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM
10Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
11Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
12Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal 0:03:34
13Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
14Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM
15Joel Suter (Swi) Swiss National Team
16Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
17Felix Gall (Aut) Team DSM
18Joab Schneiter (Swi) Swiss National Team 0:07:22
19Thomas Champion (Fra) Cofidis
20Charlie Quarterman (GBr) Trek-Segafredo 0:10:36
21Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
22Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
23Gerben Thijssen (Bel) Lotto Soudal
24Ian Garrison (USA) Deceuninck-QuickStep
25Javier Romo Oliver (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
26Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
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Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1UAE Team Emirates 12:38:00
2Bahrain Victorious
3Deceuninck-QuickStep
4Team BikeExchange
5Israel Start-up Nation
6Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
7Trek-Segafredo
8Bora-Hansgrohe
9EF Education-Nippo
10AG2R Citroën Team
11Jumbo-Visma
12Groupama-FDJ
13Lotto Soudal
14Movistar Team
15Ineos Grenadiers
16Team DSM
17Astana-Premier Tech 0:03:34
18Team Qhubeka Assos
19Cofidis
20Swiss National Team 0:18:18
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General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 4:18:06
2Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:09
3Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
4Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:11
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:12
6Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:13
7Patrick Bevin (NZl) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:14
8Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
9Marc Hirschi (Swi) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:15
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
11Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
12Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:16
13Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM
14Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
15Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:17
16Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
17Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:19
18Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team
19Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
20Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
21Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:21
22Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
23Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM
24Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:22
25Fausto Masnada (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:23
26Antonio Tiberi (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:24
27Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
28Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:25
29Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
30Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
31Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team
32Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:26
33Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:00:27
34Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
35Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
36Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
37Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
38Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo
39Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
40Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:28
41Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
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