Following Britain’s success in the track world championships in Melbourne, Geraint Thomas (Sky) made the perfect return to the road to win the prologue at the Tour de Romandie in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Tuesday afternoon.

Starting in the midst of the field, before heavier rain set in for the later starters, the Welshman clocked a time of 3 minutes 29.43 seconds.

Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Nissan) was his closest challenger, 4.64 seconds behind him. Having started just one minute ahead of Thomas, the Italian had enjoyed just 55 seconds on top of the leaderboard!

Mark Cavendish was also making a return to the road following the birth of his daughter. Starting 40 minutes after Thomas, the 2008 Romandie prologue winner produced the third fastest time of the day. Michael Rogers put a third Sky rider in the top four.

Although Thomas admitted that the weather “played into my hands a bit,” he also noted “there was only really one corner, so there was only so much time you could lose”.

At 3.4km, finishing on the city’s lakefront, the prologue proved the perfect distance for a man whose year is centred around the Olympic team pursuit.

With this in mind, his expectations for the rest of the race are to play a team role. This will likely mean supporting Bradley Wiggins as he builds up for another assault on the Tour de France.

Despite starting seventh from last, Wiggins himself produced a solid enough ride to secure 11th place. Last year’s overall winner Cadel Evans was 80th.

Result

Tour de Romandie 2012, prologue: Lausanne to Lausanne, 3.34km ITT


1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky in 3-29

2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan at 5 secs

3. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky at 6 secs

4. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 6 secs

5. Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep at 6 secs

6. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep at 8 secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 8 secs

8. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 8 secs

9. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank at 9 secs

10. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Barracuda at 9 secs

Others


11. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 9secs

28. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky at 13 secs

80. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 20 secs

102. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda at 22 secs

Overall classification after prologue

1. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky 3-29

2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan at 5 secs

3. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky at 6 secs

4. Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky at 6 secs

5. Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep at 6 secs

6. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep at 8 secs

7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 8 secs

8. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 8 secs

9. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank at 9 secs

10. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Barracuda at 9 secs





Geraint Thomas on his way to winning the Tour de Romandie prologue





Giacomo Nizzolo, second





Mark Cavendish used his power to claim third





Michael Rogers, fourth





Kristof Vandewalle, fifth





Bradley Wiggins, 11th in the rain





Geraint Thomas takes the early race lead

Related links



Tour de Romandie 2012 prologue photo gallery



Tour de Romandie 2012: Coverage index

  • Christine Ashworth

    Keep up the good work lads. I’m behind you all the way. Congrats to “Daddy” Cavendish

  • George L

    As Bradly started last he had to use one of those old tri spoke wheels, Its all they had left in the back of the van.

  • JD

    Interesting to note that Thomas, Cav and Wiggins each rode a different front wheel selection. Personal preference or is Sky experimenting?

  • roginoz

    Great stuff boyo.Will someone tell Phil Liggett and co that Geraint rhymes with pint not punt or pant!!!

  • Angharad

    Well done G.

  • arronski

    Nice job by G & Cav, shame it rained again for Wiggo,
    Looking forward to Brads and Cadel going head to head.