Tour of Romandie Stage 4 and 5

Photo: AFP

The Tour of Romandie concluded today with Alejandro Valverde winning the overall classification gaining the time he needed in the final stage to overtake Michael Rogers for the GC crown. With 20 km remaining in the stage Igor Anton had split the field and was riding away solo with a lead of 20 seconds over the second group containing Valverde, Spilak and Menchov. Valverde was already the virtual leader winning the sprint bonus and needed only to stay with the others to win the overall. Rogers, who was now trailing in the GC standing was riding in a third larger group trailing Igor Anton by 45 seconds. As the climb to Sion crested the Valverde group caught Anton and the four rode together to the line with Valverde winning the sprint finish.

Stage 5 results
1 Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) 3:36:19
2 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskatel)
3 Simon Spilak (Lampre)

In yesterday’s stage four, Simon Spilak rode away to victory and moved himself into 3rd place in the standings. The final stage to Sion was set to be decisive as Valverde trailed Rogers by 1 second overall and Simon Spilak trailed Valverde by only 4 seconds. Also in the mix was Denis Menchov, who was in fifth place, 11 seconds behind the GC leader Rogers.

Stage 5 results
1 Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne)___3:36:19
2 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskatel)
3 Simon Spilak (Lampre)
4 Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
5 Tiago Machado (Team Radioshack)______+ 0:23
6 John Gadret (Ag2R)
7 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack)
8 Marcel Wyss (Cervelo)
9 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha)
10 Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia)

Final general classification
1 Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) 17:35:55
2 Simon Spilak (Lampre)______________+ 0:11
3 Denis Menchov (Rabobank)__________+ 0:21
4 Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia)______+ 0:35
5 Vladimir Karpets (Katusha)__________+ 0:42
6 Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack)________+ 0:52
7 Tiago Machado (Team Radioshack)___+ 1:16
8 Macro Pinotti (HTC-Columbia)________+ 1:27
9 Marcel Wyss (Cervelo)______________+ 1:28
10 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskatel)_____+ 1:34

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