Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was the surprise winner of this afternoon’s Tour de Romandie stage one in La Chaux-de-Fonds after a frantic day which saw overnight leader Geraint Thomas and Mark Cavendish dropped.

Wiggins had been off the back himself earlier in the stage having seemingly suffered mechanical problems, but the efforts of Sky team-mates Michael Rogers and Kanstantsin Siutsou paced him back up to the peloton.

Having marked other riders’ attempts to break clear in the closing stages, he stayed at the front of the bunch and hit out some 300 metres from the line and held on comfortably to take one of his most impressive – and unexpected – wins to date.

With Thomas off the back and the time bonus for winning the stage, Wiggins moves into the race leader’s yellow jersey with another team-mate – Rogers – in second at 7 seconds. Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) is third at 9 seconds.

“I had a lot of adrenaline after I punctured with 25k to go,” Wiggins said after the victory. “When that happened the boys dropped back for me and did a fantastic job.



“Then in the final I was kind of on my own and marshalling everything and I just wanted to pay them back for everything they’d done, they were incredible. I’ve got them to thank and it was really nice to be able to finish it off like that.”



Not known for his sprinting, Wiggins was in slightly unknown territory in the finale: “I went a bit early and had to sit down to rest for a bit and then went again but it was good to get the win!” he said.

“I want to win Romandie, that’s for sure. I’ll take what I can every day and it’s really nice to win a sprint like this because normally I only ever really win time trials.” 

Results

Tour de Romandie stage one: Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds, 184.5km

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky in 4-50-23

2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM

3. Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana

4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing

5. Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale

6. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar

7. Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

8. Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-ISD

9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda

10. Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge all at st

General classification after stage one

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky


2. Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Sky at 7 secs

3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 9 secs

4. Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank at 9 secs

5. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 11 secs

6. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank at 11 secs

7. David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 12 secs

8. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 12 secs

9. Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar at 12 secs

10. Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan at 13 secs





Mark Cavendish falls behind on the Haut de la Côte climb





Daniel Navarro attacks





Bradley Wiggins takes the bunch sprint





Bradley Wiggins moves into the race lead





Andrew Talansky is top young rider

Tour de Romandie 2012: Related links



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



Prologue: Geraint Thomas wins

Tour de Romandie 2012: Photos



Stage one photo gallery



Prologue photo gallery

 

  • Philip Livingstone

    Great experience for Brad, the more occasions where he is defending a leaders jersey the less stressful it will be should be be in yellow in July.
    Hope he holds it to the end to back up Paris Nice.

  • dai bananas brother

    Coupled with the Wales and GB Junior ladies result from Belgium, quite some two days. Dai’s missus was unable to watch as the dog stood in front of the box and growled in a menacing fashion. So she took him for a romp up the back and imagined ways of silencing the insipid commentator once and for all. A re-run of the final scene in’Twin Town’ proved the popular choice. Team Sky, three-in-a row? it might just happen, cheer Rupert up with that grilling he’s having.

  • arronski

    OMG, Outrageous, so strong ! [would like to be a fly on the wall on the team bus, banter with cav must be hilarious !

  • mahoney

    “Having marked Alejandro Valverde’s attempt to break clear in the closing stages”

    Valverde is not in this race…… FYI

  • John Cowley

    Outrageous win! Wiggins for green in July then?

  • adam

    Get a load of that!!! Brilliant stuff! Well done Wiggins, Sky, Thomas (for yesterday), Cav (still impressed at him being World Champ) and everyone else who deserves it!!! And my Cycle Sport arrived in the post today. Everyones a winner!

    There… .that’s a happy comment eh? :)

  • Mark Jones

    Excellent result, 2 out of 2 for Sky and GB riders is pretty impressive. Well done Wiggo for beating the sprinters and getting the stage.

  • sheldon

    Nice one Wiggins. Well done to the Sky Team.