The last word was for Higita

At the top of Zinal, a duel between teammates Sergio Igita and Alexander Vlasov turned in favor of the Colombian, who was ahead of the Russian when Juan Ayuso took third place. Rohan Dennis keeps the leader’s T-shirt on the eve of the decisive time race.

This Saturday, the Bora-Hansgrohe team impressed in Zinal. On the occasion of the penultimate stage of the Tour de Romandie, the German team signed a double with Sergio Igita, who overtook Alexander Vlasov on the line. The 180.1-kilometer queen stage between Eigle and Zinal, with six lifts listed, quickly came to life with a group of five riders, including Toms Skudjins or Harma Vanhuke, who created the first gap. A second group around Quinten Hermans and Ivo Oliveira quickly formed on the counter. After the regrouping was done, at least twelve riders formed a break of the day. The gap widened quickly as Nance Peters was unable to catch the car at the wrong time and saw that his attempt to counteract very quickly proved futile. If the sequence of ascents undermined the cohesion of the splinter, he could maintain his unity for a long time against the peloton, which played cat and mouse with fugitives. but, 80 kilometers away, the leading group finally began to disintegrate with only Toms Scudgins, James Knox, Oscar Rodriguez, Ion Izagirre and Harm Vanhuke.

Igita was right to predict

Niels Brun kept in touch for a while before exploding. Behind them, the Jumbo-Visma team increased the pace and reduced the gap. The last slopes finished the leading group, the last survivors were caught nine kilometers from the finish. It was then that Einer Rubio tried his luck on his own. Then the driver from the Movistar team took the lead for fifteen seconds over the group of favorites, but the Colombian saw that his efforts were not over. Australian champion Lucas Plapp accelerated over Einer Rubio less than 500 meters from the finish. Sergio Igita, for his part, risked starting the sprint at a distance. The champion of Colombia opposed the return of his teammate Alexander Vlasov, who eventually left the victory of Sergio Igiti and Juan Ayuso completes the podium. While this Tour de Romandi will end this Sunday with a race against time, Rohan Dennis retains the leader’s shirt with an advantage of 15 seconds over Juan Ayuso and 18 over Alexander Vlasov. Exercise specialist, runner from the Jumbo-Visma team will have to fight for the final victory.

Stage 4 – Eagle Zinal (180.1 km) – Saturday, April 30, 2022
1- Sergio Andres Igita (COL / Bora-Hansgrohe) for 4: 58’52 ”
2- Alexander Vlasov (RUS / Bora-Hansgrohe) mt
3- Juan Ayuso Pesquera (ESP / UAE Emirates Team) mt
4- Ben O’Connor (AUS / AG2R-Citroën) mt
5- Thibaut Pino (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) mt
6- Michael Woods (CAN / Israel-Premier Tech) mt
7- Gino Meder (SUI / Bahrain Victorious) mt
8- Sebastian Reichenbach (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) mt
9- Simon Geschke (GER / Kofidis) mt
10- Carlos Verona Quintanilla (ESP / Movistar) mt

General classification after 5 stages (out of 6)
1- Rohan Dennis (Australia / Jumbo-Visma) at 17:27 ’01’ ‘
2- Juan Ayuso Pesquera (ESP / UAE Emirates Team) at 15 inches
3- Alexander Vlasov (RUS / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 18 ”
4- Ben O’Connor (AUS / AG2R-Citroën) at 25 inches
5- Lucas Plapp (Australia / Ineos Grenadiers) at 30 inches
6- Gino Meder (SUI / Bahrain Victorious) at 32 inches
7- Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) at 37 inches
8- Nilson Pauless (USA / EF Education-EasyPost) at 41 inches
9- Simon Geschke (ALL / Cofidis) at 42 inches
10- Steff Kras (BEL / Lotto-Soudal) at 42 inches

14- Rudy Molard (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 55 inches

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