Team News – Froome wins Romandie after TT Victory


Chris Froome wins his second Tour of Romandie after a one second victory over world champion Tony Martin in the final stage time trial

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Team News – Froome wins Romandie after TT Victory

Team Sky’s Chris Froome rider headed into the decisive 18.5-kilometre test just a single second behind overnight leader Simon Spilak and the pair battled it out on the roads around Neuchatel, with Froome comfortably claiming the upper hand.

A time of 24 minutes and 50 seconds was enough to take victory on the stage by a slender margin of just under a second from world time trial champion Tony Martin.

Coming home 29 seconds ahead of Spilak (Katusha), overall victory was assured, and with it Team Sky’s third yellow jersey in succession at the race following the success of Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Froome in 2013.

After the stage a happy Froome admitted it had been a tough fight from start to finish to defend his title. “It was extremely hard and a really tough circuit, but the climb was good for me in the time trial today,” he explained. “With one second to try and gain on Simon Spilak, it was really difficult because he was really strong two days ago in the mountains and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen today.

“It was a really good test for me and I am just really happy to have got the result and be back in a yellow jersey again. It’s a really good feeling.”

The result was all the sweeter for Froome given that he has been short on racing recently through a combination of illness and injury. “This has been a really hard period for me recently,” he added. “I have had a chest infection and I have had problems with my back this season, so it hasn’t been very easy. I have worked really hard to get back to this kind of condition. I just hope that I can continue to build towards the Tour de France.

“This year was a bit of a different race. We didn’t have any hilltop finishes, so it did make the race a bit different, but I am really happy to have been able to defend the title.”



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