Ready for the Tour de Romandie
The 72th Tour de Romandie will start tomorrow with the 4km prologue in Fribourg and will finish, after five stage, next Sunday in Geneve. The route of the Swiss race, which dates back to 1947, is very demanding with the second stage ending in Yverdon-les-Bains features 1,988 vertical metres and two climbs and the next one with an individual time trial of about 10km at almost 8%. Stage 4 is another challenge in the high mountains – 3,584 vertical metres and five mountains before the race closes with a long descent and flat run-in through the Rhône Valley.
The route, with a lot of ascent and two time trials, is suitable for riders like our Ion Izagirre: “I’m arriving from the Ardenne’s classics – says the Basque athlete – and I’m here to try to improve the fifth place of the last edition. There are many good uphill and time trial opponents, but I think I can do well “.
Enrico Gasparotto also comes from Belgium: “The Romandie is a race that I’ve always liked. Looking at the race route I think i have a couple of opportunities. Yesterday’s sixth place at the Liège has confirmed to me that the condition is good and therefore I hope to get a good result here in Switzerland “.
TBM’s line-up for Tour de Romandie: Ion Izagirre, Gorka Izagirre, Enrico Gasparotto, Sonny Colbrelli, Ramunas Navardauskas, Hermann Pernsteiner and Kristijan Koren
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