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Kittel Hammers Into Romandie Finish

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Apr 27, 2016 – Germany’s Marcel Kittel claimed the weather-curtailed first stage of the Tour de Romandie in a sprint finish on Wednesday. The start was scheduled for La Chaux-de-Fonds but with the threat of ice and hail the riders started from Mathon, reducing the circuit to 100 kilometres.

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Kittel (Etixx) saw off Italy’s Niccolo Bonifazio by half a wheel length with Swiss rider Michael Albasini in third. Spaniard Ion Izagirre retained the lead in the overall standings after his surprise success in Tuesday’s prologue. Wednesday’s shortened ride was lit up by Sander Armée’s breakaway with the Belgian rider only caught 13km from the finish.

The 27-year-old Kittel capitalised on the work of his teammates in the closing kilometers and reacted quickly when Albasini made the first burst for the line. “I didn’t have my usual teammates around me as Etixx have mainly selected climbers for this race.

But that didn’t stop them from doing excellent work,” said Kittel.

“They can also be proud of this success.” Thursday’s second stage is a 173.9km ride from Moudon to the 1350m altitude finish at Morgins, near Switzerland’s border with France.

Final kilometers of Stage 1
https://youtu.be/KgMO6p2aTJo

Results Stage :
1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx – Quick-Step 2:27:46
2. Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
3. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
4. Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
5. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling
6. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre – Merida
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
9. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
10. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha

General Classification:
1. Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 2:33:19
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:06
3. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:07
4. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:08
5. Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:09
6. Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:11
7 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
9. Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:12
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ