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 initially was too but had to let the group go in the hard final stages of the day. Merhawi is our guy to go for in GC and will be perfectly helped and protected in the days to come.