Peter Sagan’s late surge helped him to victory in the first stage proper of the Tour De Romandie.
The Bora – Hansgrohe rider timed his sprint to perfection in the final 200 meters, passing Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) to cross the finish line first.
The Slovak emerged from a congested group of around fifty riders in the peloton to get the better of the Italian who failed to hang on at the crucial stage.
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Patrick Bevin (Isreal Start-Up Nation) finished third.
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Going into the final kilometre, Bahrain Victorious led the sprint with Colbrelli primed on the wheel of a teammate before making his move.
However, Sagan opted to attack from the right and was able to get the better of Colbrelli who couldn’t match the speed of his rival.
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In a somewhat awkward finish with the bunch in close proximity to the line, Sagan was the victor.
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Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) leads the General Classification with teammates Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte in second and third respectively.
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