Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and the rest of the peloton were in for a cold and snowy day on stage 2 of Tour de Romandie, which saw the morning breakaway keeping the peloton at bay to fight for the win.
The weather played a big role in today’s lumpy stage, which already got shortened at the beginning of the day due to the difficult conditions. That meant the total distance went down to just 136.5 km. However, despite the short distance, the riders were still in for a very hard day in the saddle as rain and snow accompanied them all day long.
Early in the stage, a break of four riders got away and the group quickly built up a good gap on the pack. For a long time, the peloton seemed to have the breakaway under control but ultimately, the quartet proved to be too strong to bring back. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) took the win, while the peloton crossed the finishing line 20 seconds too late.
Once again, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Natnael Berhane (photo) showed strong legs as he stayed near the front to take 18th place on the stage. Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) still leads overall.
Alex Sans Vega – sports director:
“We had a plan to sprint with Youcef [Reguigui] but due to the cold temperatures, he just didn’t have the legs for it at the end. The team protected Merhawi [Kudus] well during the stage, but the last four kilometers were very dangerous on the slippery roads. Unfortunately, he lost the wheels of his teammates and ended up losing a little time in the general classification”.