It’s wet, cold, and visibility is poor. The fourth section of the Tour de Romandie will be neutralized in phases. The ascent to Thyon 2000 is steep. The drivers accordingly at the limit.
Michael Woods and Geraint Thomas tackle the last kilometer as a leading duo. Woods pulls 150 meters from the goal, Thomas counters.
And then it happens: Thomas Welsh’s right hand slips out of the handlebars. The Ineos Grenadiers professional falls. Woods wins the stage while Thomas is still on the ground.
“Run!” Shouts SRF expert Sven Montgomery into the microphone. Thomas doesn’t even come second. Only in third place, 21 seconds after Woods, does the 34-year-old Tour de France champion from 2018 drag himself across the finish line on his bike.
Overall standings: Woods leads just ahead of Thomas
The Canadian Woods is the new overall leader of the tour, eleven seconds ahead of Thomas. Ben O’connor (2nd day) from Australia is third, 21 seconds behind.
The Spaniard Marc Soler (day 9th) tumbled back from first to fourth place overall. The decision will be made on Sunday with the final time trial with start and finish in Friborg over 16.2 kilometers.
The best Swiss in the overall standings is 23rd Sébastien Reichenbach (17th of the day), 8 minutes and 15 seconds behind. (yap)
Published: May 1st, 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Last updated: May 1, 2021, 5:01 pm