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BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler earned the lead in the sprint classification. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler earned the lead in the sprint classification. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de Romandie, Stage 2: Kohler's Escape

1. May 2014

BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler earned the sprint classification jersey at the Tour de Romandie for his efforts in a two-man breakaway that lasted nearly 160 kilometers Thursday, while teammate Danilo Wyss finished ninth in the bunch sprint.

The Course:
Two categorized climbs and two intermediate sprints dotted the 166.5 km course that started in Sion and finished in Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The Breakaway:
Kohler, a past Swiss national time trial and road champion, and Pirmin Lang (IAM Cycling) broke away in the first five kilometers. Riding through intermittent rain showers, they built a lead that peaked at more than 13 minutes. But the chasing efforts of Tinkoff-Saxo and ORICA-GreenEDGE and finally Lampre-Merida led to the pair being caught with three kilometers to go. "It was not my goal to go on with two riders in a headwind," Kohler said. "But in the end, nobody else came up. When we had 13 minutes, I was thinking we could make it to the finish. You never know. I was trying."

The Podium:
Michael Albasini (ORICA-GreenEDGE) won his second straight stage ahead of Tony Hurel (Team Europcar) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing). Wyss's top 10 finish was his best of the season. "With 400 meters to go, I was still in third or fourth position, just perfect for the sprint," Wyss said. "But I was really blocked when Tony Martin came after from his pull. I could never pass or could never really sprint. I got boxed in at the end."

In The Overall Standings:
Albasini took the overall lead from Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who is five seconds behind. Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) is third overall, 10 seconds back. Kohler pulled on the green, PMU sprint leader's jersey – his first classification jersey since leading the Santos Tour Down Under for two days in 2012.

What Sport Director Yvon Ledanois Said:
"It was a good result for Danilo in the top 10, but I know it was a bit disappointing for Martin after his long breakaway. He did a good job for himself and the team. For tomorrow, I have trust with the guys to make the breakaway and get a result."

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