2014 Tour de Romandie

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2014 Tour de Romandie
2014 UCI World Tour, race 14 of 28
Race details
Dates 29 April–4 May 2014
Stages 5 + Prologue
Distance 632.77 km (393.2 mi)
Winning time 16h 18' 46"[1] (38.786 km/h or 24.101 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Chris Froome (Great Britain) (Team Sky)
Second  Simon Špilak (Slovenia) (Team Katusha)
Third  Rui Costa (Portugal) (Lampre-Merida)

Mountains  Johann Tschopp (Switzerland) (IAM Cycling)
Youth  Jesús Herrada (Spain) (Movistar Team)
Sprints  Martin Kohler (Switzerland) (BMC Racing Team)
Team Movistar Team
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2015

The 2014 Tour de Romandie was the 68th running of the Tour de Romandie cycling stage race. The race consisted of six stages, beginning with a prologue stage in Ascona on 29 April and concluding with another individual time trial, in Neuchâtel, on 4 May. It was the fourteenth race of the 2014 UCI World Tour season.

In the exact same podium positions as the 2013 edition, Great Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky won the race for a second successive year, after winning the final time trial stage in Neuchâtel.[2] Having trailed Team Katusha rider Simon Špilak by a single second going into the stage,[3] Froome turned the deficit into a 28-second race-winning margin over the 18.5 km (11.5 mi) stage.[4] Špilak finished second, having won the race's third stage – the queen stage into Aigle – by beating Froome in a two-up sprint, after the pair had attacked towards the end of the stage.[5] The podium was completed again by Rui Costa,[6] now riding for Lampre-Merida, who finished third for the third year in a row. Costa finished 64 seconds behind Špilak,[1] and one minute 32 seconds behind Froome.[7]

In the race's other classifications, the Movistar Team's Jesús Herrada was the winner of the white jersey for the young rider classification as he was the highest placed rider born in 1989 or later, finishing in ninth place overall,[8] 16 seconds ahead of nearest rival, FDJ.fr's Thibaut Pinot.[7] Martin Kohler of the BMC Racing Team won the green jersey for the most points gained in intermediate sprints,[9] while the pink jersey for the King of the Mountains classification went to Johann Tschopp of IAM Cycling.[7] The teams classification was won by the Movistar Team, after the squad placed three riders – Beñat Intxausti (sixth), Jon Izagirre (eighth) and Herrada – inside the top ten overall.[8]

Teams[edit]

As the Tour de Romandie was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Only IAM Cycling were awarded a wildcard place into the race, thus completing the 19-team peloton. Pre-race favourites were Chris Froome, Tejay van Garderen, Michał Kwiatkowski, Simon Špilak, Vincenzo Nibali and Rui Costa.[10]

The 19 teams that competed in the race were:[11]

Schedule[edit]

List of stages[12]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 29 April Ascona to Ascona 5.57 km (3 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL)
1 30 April Brigerbad to Sion 88.6 km (55 mi) Mountain stage  Michael Albasini (SUI)
2 1 May Sion to Montreux 166.5 km (103 mi) Intermediate stage  Michael Albasini (SUI)
3 2 May Le Bouveret to Aigle 180.2 km (112 mi) Mountain stage  Simon Špilak (SLO)
4 3 May Fribourg to Fribourg 173.1 km (108 mi) Flat stage  Michael Albasini (SUI)
5 4 May Neuchâtel to Neuchâtel 18.5 km (11 mi) History.gif Individual time trial  Chris Froome (GBR)

Stages[edit]

Prologue[edit]

29 April 2014 — Ascona, 5.57 km (3.5 mi), individual time trial (ITT)[13]

Prologue Result and General Classification after Prologue

Rider Team Time
1  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Yellow jerseyWhite jersey Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6' 22"
2  Rohan Dennis (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 4"
3  Marcel Kittel (GER) Giant-Shimano + 4"
4  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 4"
5  Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 5"
6  Brett Lancaster (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE + 6"
7  Matthias Brändle (AUT) IAM Cycling + 7"
8  Jesse Sergent (NZL) Trek Factory Racing + 8"
9  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LIT) Garmin-Sharp + 9"
10  Martijn Keizer (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 9"

Stage 1[edit]

30 April 2014 — Brigerbad to Sion, 88.6 km (55.1 mi)[14]

The stage was originally scheduled to be held over 203 km (126.1 mi),[15] but was significantly shortened due to snow.[16]

Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Michael Albasini (SUI) Orica-GreenEDGE 2h 11' 11"
2  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team s.t.
3  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LIT) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
4  Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana s.t.
5  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
6  Matthias Brändle (AUT) IAM Cycling s.t.
7  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida s.t.
8  Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
9  Björn Thurau (GER) Team Europcar s.t.
10  Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Yellow jerseyWhite jersey Omega Pharma-Quick Step 2h 17' 33"
2  Michael Albasini (SUI) Orica-GreenEDGE + 5"
3  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LIT) Garmin-Sharp + 5"
4  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team + 6"
5  Matthias Brändle (AUT) IAM Cycling + 7"
6  Rohan Dennis (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 8"
7  Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 9"
8  Martijn Keizer (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 13"
9  Alexandre Geniez (FRA) FDJ.fr + 13"
10  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 14"

Stage 2[edit]

1 May 2014 — Sion to Montreux, 166.5 km (103.5 mi)[17]
Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Michael Albasini (SUI) Orica-GreenEDGE 4h 12' 22"
2  Tony Hurel (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
3  Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing s.t.
4  Alexey Tsatevich (RUS) Team Katusha s.t.
5  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Yellow jersey Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
6  Maxim Iglinsky (KAZ) Astana s.t.
7  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
8  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LIT) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
9  Danilo Wyss (SUI) BMC Racing Team s.t.
10  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky s.t.
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  Michael Albasini (SUI) Yellow jersey Orica-GreenEDGE 6h 29' 50"
2  Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) White jersey Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 5"
3  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LIT) Garmin-Sharp + 10"
4  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team + 11"
5  Matthias Brändle (AUT) IAM Cycling + 12"
6  Rohan Dennis (AUS) Garmin-Sharp + 13"
7  Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 14"
8  Martijn Keizer (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 18"
9  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 19"
10  Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 19"

Stage 3[edit]

2 May 2014 — Le Bouveret to Aigle, 180.5 km (112.2 mi)[18]
Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha 5h 09' 23"
2  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky s.t.
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida + 57"
4  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana + 57"
5  Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 57"
6  Mathias Frank (SUI) IAM Cycling + 57"
7  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 57"
8  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 41"
9  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr + 1' 41"
10  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 1' 41"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Špilak (SLO) Jersey yellow.svg Team Katusha 11h 39' 25"
2  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 1"
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida + 1' 02"
4  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 1' 06"
5  Mathias Frank (SUI) IAM Cycling + 1' 10"
6  Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 13"
7  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana + 1' 14"
8  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Jersey white.svg Movistar Team + 1' 40"
9  Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 48"
10  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 1' 50"

Stage 4[edit]

3 May 2014 — Fribourg to Fribourg, 173.1 km (107.6 mi)[19]
Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Michael Albasini (SUI) Orica-GreenEDGE 4h 14' 21"
2  Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
3  Jan Bakelants (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
4  Davide Appollonio (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 9"
5  Anthony Roux (FRA) FDJ.fr + 9"
6  Oscar Gatto (ITA) Cannondale + 9"
7  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LTU) Garmin-Sharp + 9"
8  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant-Shimano + 9"
9  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 9"
10  Tony Hurel (FRA) Team Europcar + 9"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Simon Špilak (SLO) Jersey yellow.svg Team Katusha 15h 53' 55"
2  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 1"
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida + 1' 02"
4  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 1' 06"
5  Mathias Frank (SUI) IAM Cycling + 1' 10"
6  Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 13"
7  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana + 1' 14"
8  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Jersey white.svg Movistar Team + 1' 40"
9  Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 48"
10  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 1' 50"

Stage 5[edit]

4 May 2014 — Neuchâtel, 18.5 km (11.5 mi), individual time trial (ITT)[20]
Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 24' 50"
2  Tony Martin (GER) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 1"
3  Jesse Sergent (NZL) Trek Factory Racing + 8"
4  Rigoberto Urán (COL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 15"
5  Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 20"
6  Riccardo Zoidl (AUT) Trek Factory Racing + 29"
7  Simon Špilak (SLO) Jersey yellow.svg Team Katusha + 29"
8  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida + 31"
9  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr + 35"
10  Mathias Frank (SUI) IAM Cycling + 35"
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1  Chris Froome (GBR) Jersey yellow.svg Team Sky 16h 18' 46"
2  Simon Špilak (SLO) Team Katusha + 28"
3  Rui Costa (POR) Lampre-Merida + 1' 32"
4  Mathias Frank (SUI) IAM Cycling + 1' 44"
5  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 1' 48"
6  Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 52"
7  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana + 1' 56"
8  Jon Izagirre (ESP) Movistar Team + 2' 07"
9  Jesús Herrada (ESP) Jersey white.svg Movistar Team + 2' 15"
10  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr + 2' 31"

Classification leadership table[edit]

In the 2014 Tour de Romandie, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses in mass-start stages – on a basis of ten seconds to the stage winner, six seconds for second place and four seconds for third place – the leader received a yellow jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2014 Tour de Romandie, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a young rider classification, which awarded a white jersey. This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1989 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a pink jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs; there were fourteen categorised climbs in the race, split into three distinctive categories.

The fourth jersey represented the sprints classification, marked by a green jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 3 at intermediate sprint points during each stage, with the exception of the individual time trial stages. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.

Stage Winner General classification
Mountains classification
Sprints classification
Young rider classification
Team classification
P Michał Kwiatkowski Michał Kwiatkowski not awarded[N 1] not awarded[N 1] Michał Kwiatkowski Omega Pharma-Quick Step
1 Michael Albasini Johann Tschopp Vincenzo Nibali
2 Michael Albasini Michael Albasini Martin Kohler
3 Simon Špilak Simon Špilak Jesús Herrada Movistar Team
4 Michael Albasini
5 Chris Froome Chris Froome
Final Chris Froome Johann Tschopp Martin Kohler Jesús Herrada Movistar Team

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Although Michał Kwiatkowski received the jersey on the podium in Ascona, no points were on offer during the stage.

References[edit]

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