Tour of Romandie: Stage 5 to Martin, Overall to Froome


Chris Froome continues his journey towards to the Tour de France with a win in the Tour of Romandie following in the wheelmarks of a certain Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

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Chris Froome put in an assured final time trial to wrap up victory at the Tour de Romandie for Team Sky.


Third fastest on the 18.7-kilometre final test saw Froome comfortably crowned the winner, the Brit capping off another incredible showing from Team Sky during the six-day stage race to win the general classification by 54 seconds.

The result ensured a second consecutive victory in the Swiss WorldTour event following the success of Sir Bradley Wiggins 12 months earlier. Holding yellow since the opening prologue on Tuesday, it also represented the first time Team Sky have led a stage race from start to finish.

Richie Porte backed up a tireless week of work with eighth quickest time – the result elevating the Tasmanian to the same position overall to continue a superb season.


World time trial champion Tony Martin claimed the final stage with an impressive time of 21 minutes and seven seconds, 16 seconds up on nearest rival Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) and 34 on the yellow jersey of Froome.
Chris Froome, said afterwards “It has been a really good week for us I am really happy with my condition now in the build-up to the Tour de France,” said the race winner. This week I couldn’t have done it without the help of a really strong team around me. Every day since the prologue, they have protected me and kept me at the front of the race. I owe it to them this week.”

“Every race I do now is a good test for me, to see exactly where my condition is and what I need to work on. It has been a really good experience for me this week,” he added. It is definitely a good omen, but the Tour is still two months away and I need to do a lot of hard training before then.”

280413 OPQS-TDR Stage 5-Martin podium (c) TimDe Waele


Photo: Tim De Waele/OPQS


Martin wins final time trial – Three of Six Stages to Omega Pharma Quickstep
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider and UCI World TT Champion Tony Martin powered to yet another time trial victory in 2013, winning the 18.7km Stage 5 of Tour de Romandie on Sunday with a time of 21’07”, averaging 53.105km/h.

“Panzerwagen” was fastest at Le pont du Mont-Blanc, and the finish by 16″ over Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida). Christopher Froome (Team Sky ProCycling) was 3rd (+34″).

Martin now has six victories this season, including four ITT wins. He also was a crucial rider in a TTT victory in Tirreno-Adriatico. OPQS now has 24 wins, in three disciplines, this season. OPQS also won three stages out of six (including a prologue) at Romandie.

280413 OPQS-TDR Stage 5-Martin Tony (c) Tim DeWaele

Photo: Tim De Waele/OPQS

“I came to Tour de Romandie to try to make a good result in the GC, but maybe it was a bit of a mistake to attack yesterday in the mountain stage,” Martin said. “I lost my chance to be in the top 10, so I focused on today’s TT. I knew the parcour was perfect for me today. The course was not complicated. It was totally flat, so I was able to give 100 percent right from the start because there was no mountain or any technical parts that can make a big difference. So you have to keep a steady, good speed from the beginning and I did that. I am happy with my win today.”

Stage 5
1 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 21:07
2 MALORI Adriano Lampre – Merida 00:16
3 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:34
4 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 00:36
5 SPILAK Simon Katusha Team 00:41
6 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 00:50
7 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:52
8 CHRISTENSEN Mads Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:55
9 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 00:56
10 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Team Argos – Shimano 01:01
11 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team @ st
12 PERAUD Jean-christophe AG2R La Mondiale 01:02
13 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto Movistar Team @ st
14 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp @ st
15 TUFT Svein Orica GreenEDGE 01:04
16 MACHADO Tiago RadioShack – Leopard 01:05
17 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team 01:06
18 OLIVEIRA Nelson RadioShack – Leopard @ st
19 ROY Jérémy Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
20 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp 01:07

1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 19:24:51
2 SPILAK Simon Katusha Team 00:54
3 FARIA DA COSTA Rui Alberto Movistar Team 01:49
4 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp 01:54
5 KELDERMAN Wilco Blanco Pro Cycling Team 02:03
6 PERAUD Jean-christophe AG2R La Mondiale 02:14
7 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team 02:16
8 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 02:31
9 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 02:32
10 WYSS Marcel IAM Cycling 02:41
11 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
12 PINOT Thibaut Equipe Cycliste FDJ 02:43
13 BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto AG2R La Mondiale 02:51
14 KISERLOVSKI Robert RadioShack – Leopard 02:54
15 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM 03:05
16 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp 03:07
17 MACHADO Tiago RadioShack – Leopard 03:33
18 ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Euskaltel – Euskadi 03:35
19 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar 04:07
20 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida 04:09



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