Stage 1 of the 72nd Tour de Romandie was won by Omar Fraile (Astana) ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates). Our ride of the day over the 166.6km course came from Merhawi Kudus who finished ninth with the same time as the Fraile. Gino van Oudenhove – Sporting Director We are looking well ahead in this race, with 2 hard days on Friday and Saturday. Our main objective was to keep Amanuel and Merhawi protected and well-placed in the climbs with the all the GC contenders. The rest of the team did a good job, Merhawi was totally up there. Amanuel.

Bernhard Eisel has undergone successful surgical decompression of a chronic subdural haematoma on the brain. The lesion was a late complication of his crash on stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico earlier this year. A chronic subdural haematoma is an accumulation of blood beneath the protective layer around the brain, the dura mater. The bleeding occurs slowly over a number of weeks and eventually the collection of clotted blood puts pressure on the brain, thereby causing symptoms. Bernie had a CAT scan of the brain immediately after his crash but no intracranial bleed was present at that time. Bernie thought he was suffering from severe allergies.

It was a short, sharp and technical 4km prologue that got the 2018 Tour de Romandie underway in Fribourg. Here’s all the action from yesterday..