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: Teams
Ag2r La Mondiale
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
15. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 1-18