Tour of Romandie 2014: Chris Froome back on track after Romandie triumph
Sunday 04 May 2014
Chris Froome said the build-up to his Tour de France defence is finally on track after he won the final stage of the Tour de Romandie to successfully defend his title in Switzerland on Sunday.
Froome dominated the 11.5-mile concluding time trial around Neuchatel to seal overall victory by 28 seconds from Simon Spilak (Katusha).
It was Team Sky’s third successive win in the event after Sir Bradley Wiggins’ win in 2012 and Froome’s the following year. Froome, who has had a mixed 2014 due to illness and injury in contrast to his all-conquering 2013 campaign, said: “This has been a really hard period for me recently. I have had a chest infection and I have had problems with my back this season.
“I have worked hard to get back to this condition. I hope that I can continue to build towards the Tour de France.”
Froome led world time-trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) by a second at the top of the course’s solitary climb and held on to win by the same margin at the finish.
The Kenya-born Briton finished in 24 minutes 51 seconds, while Spilak, the 2011 winner, was seventh in 25mins 20secs.
He added: “This year was a different race. We didn’t have any hilltop finishes, so it did make the race a bit different, but I am really happy to have been able to defend the title.
“It was a good test for me and I am just really happy to have got the result and be back in a yellow jersey again.”
Adam Yates sealed overall victory in the Tour of Turkey as his British compatriot Mark Cavendish won the final stage in Istanbul.
Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) won Friday’s fourth stage to take a lead which proved decisive and sealed victory by five seconds from Estonia’s Rein Taaramae (Cofidis).
Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won his fourth of eight stages ahead of Elia Viviani (Cannodale) on the city circuit of the Turkish capital.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an incredible opportunity for a ...
£16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Administrator is requir...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of design...
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Service Desk Analyst - Chessington, Surrey...