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Defending Tour de Romandie champion Cadel Evans rode through rain in Tuesday's prologue. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Defending Tour de Romandie champion Cadel Evans rode through rain in Tuesday's prologue. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Romandie Prologue: Rainy Start

24. April 2012

A prologue course slickened by rain prevented defending Tour de Romandie champion Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team from posting a competitive time Tuesday.

Evans Looking Ahead
In dry conditions, Geraint Thomas (Sky Pro Cycling) clocked the winning time of 3:29.43 over the 3.34-kilometer course. Brent Bookwalter, the first BMC Racing Team rider to roll his BMC timemachine TM01 down the start ramp, was best for the team in 30th place, 13 seconds behind. Evans was 80th, 19 seconds behind Thomas's time. "I don't think with my condition I wouldn't have been close to the specialists today, so the rain slowed me down even more," Evans said. "But it wasn't my course or my distance. I hope the weather turns a bit better because I've been sick and so on. I hope to get some racing in my legs and with a couple days racing, I think I can get a bit better. Then we can see what we can do a little bit later in the week."

Swiss Champion In Switzerland
Bookwalter, who was two-hundredths of a second faster than teammate Steve Morabito, said he was still feeling the effects of a hard effort in helping pull back the breakaway during Sunday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "I was happy with how I felt at the Ardennes raes last week, especially come off a few weeks of training without racing," Bookwalter said. "I'm looking forward to helping Cadel and Tejay van Garderen this week." Swiss national time trial champion Martin Kohler, competing in his first time trial in his home country since winning the title last June, finished 75th. "It was a hard and fast effort today," he said. "The first part was a tailwind and slightly downhill so it was very fast. The last kilometer was headwind so there, you could make a difference on time. My personal goal is to be in top shape to help Cadel defend his title, which is also the goal of the team."

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