The 2012 Tour de Romandie starts in Switzerland on Tuesday, April 24, and concludes six days later on Sunday, April 29.

The WorldTour-level stage race features a mix of terrain – hilly stages for the sprinters and attackers, mountains for the climbers, and a pair of time trials. As such, it attracts Grand Tour stage and overall hopefuls looking to hone their form ahead of the Giro d’Italia in May and Tour de France in July.

Last year, Australian Cadel Evans scooped his second victory in the race – the first was in 2006 – on his way to winning the Tour de France. Evans once again takes to the start line, but a bout of illness in the past two weeks ruled him out of the Ardennes Classics and so he starts the race with unknown form, despite having won the Criterium International in late March.

British squad Sky go into the event with a strong team, and have several options for the overall classification – Paris-Nice winner Bradley Wiggins, 2011 Vuelta a Espana runner-up Chris Froome and Volta ao Algarve winner Richie Porte.

British sprint ace Mark Cavendish is also present with Sky, the first time that he and Wiggins will have ridden together in competition since the Manxman joined the team in the winter.

The final two stages are likely to be the decisive days of the race. The penultimate stage on Saturday features one second and three first category climbs, whilst the final day’s racing comprises a hilly 16.5km individual test against the clock.

On this page you’ll find links to all of Cycling Weekly’s online coverage of the 2012 Tour de Romandie, updated daily during the race with the latest news, reports and photos. 

Tour de Romandie 2012: Stages

Prologue, Tuesday April 24, Lausanne to Lausanne, 3.34km ITT

Stage one, Wednesday April 25, Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds, 184.5km

Stage two, Thursday April 26, Montbéliard to Moutier, 149.1km

Stage three, Friday April 27, La Neuveville to Charmey, 157.6km

Stage four, Saturday April 28, Bulle to Sion, 184km

Stage five, Sunday, April 29, Crans-Montana to Crans-Montana, 16.5km ITT

Tour de Romandie 2012: Latest news

Cavendish and Wiggins head Sky at Romandie

Evans wins Criterium International after mountain finale

Tour de Romandie 2012: Reports



Stage five: Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de Romandie



Stage four: Sanchez wins again to snatch yellow



Stage three: LL Sanchez sprints to victory



Stage two: Hivert breaks Sky’s winning run



Stage one: Wiggins makes it two out of two for Sky



Prologue: Geraint Thomas wins

Tour de Romandie 2012: Photos



Stage five photo gallery



Stage four photo gallery



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one photo gallery



Prologue photo gallery

Tour de Romandie 2012: Teams

Ag2r La Mondiale

Astana

BMC Racing

Europcar

Euskaltel-Euskadi

FDJ-BigMat

Garmin-Barracuda

GreenEdge

Katusha

Lampre-ISD

Liquigas-Cannondale

Lotto-Belisol

Movistar

Omega Pharma-QuickStep

Rabobank

RadioShack-Nissan

Saur-Sojasun

Saxo Bank

Sky

Vacansoleil-DCM

Tour de Romandie 2012: TV guide

Digital channel British Eurosport will be showing live coverage and edited highlights of the 2012 Tour de Romandie.

Tuesday April 24, 15:15-16:45, Tour de Romandie prologue LIVE, British Eurosport

Tuesday April 24, 22:35-23:35, Tour de Romandie prologue highlights, British Eurosport

Wednesday April 25, 15:15-16:45, Tour de Romandie stage one LIVE, British Eurosport

Wednesday April 25, 22:30-23:30, Tour de Romandie stage one highlights, British Eurosport

Thursday April 26, 15:15-16:45, Tour de Romandie stage two LIVE, British Eurosport

Thursday April 26, 22:30-23:30, Tour de Romandie stage two highlights, British Eurosport

Friday April 27, 15:15-16:45, Tour de Romandie stage three LIVE, British Eurosport

Friday April 27, 22:00-23:00, Tour de Romandie stage three highlights, British Eurosport

Saturday April 28, 15:15-16:45, Tour de Romandie stage four LIVE, British Eurosport 2

Saturday April 28, 22:30-23:30, Tour de Romandie stage four highlights, British Eurosport

Sunday April 29, 15:00-16:00, Tour de Romandie stage five LIVE, British Eurosport

Sunday April 29, 22:00-23:00, Tour de Romandie stage five highlights, British Eurosport





Cadel Evans won in 2011 and 2006

Tour de Romandie: Recent winners

2011: Cadel Evans (Aus)

2010: Simon Spilak (Slo)

2009: Roman Kreuziger (Cze)

2008: Andreas Kloden (Ger)

2007: Thomas Dekker (Ned)

2006: Cadel Evans (Aus)

2005: Santiago Botero (Col)

2004: Tyler Hamilton (USA)

2003: Tyler Hamilton (USA)

2002: Dario Frigo (Ita)

Tour de Romandie: Last year’s top ten (2011)

1. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing in 16-51-49

2. Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad at 18 secs

3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana at 19 secs

4. Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad at 31 secs

5. Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team at 41 secs

6. Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank at 51 secs

7. Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Radioshack at 52 secs

8. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha at 58 secs

9. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Cervelo at 59 secs

10. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Cervelo at 1-00

Other

15. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1-18

Related links



UCI WorldTour calendar 2012



2011: Swift wins final Romandie stage as Evans wins overall

  • Ken Evans

    I don’t think any British has won the race (yet).