Team Sky stormed the Tour de Romandie to win the race’s prologue Tuesday, but it was not Bradley Wiggins landing the first blow in the Swiss tour. Geraint Thomas won the 3.4km prologue over RadioShack-Nissan’s Giacomo Nizzolo.
Thomas’ Sky teammates Mark Cavendish and Michael Rodgers finished third and fourth, respectively.
“It’s a nice little win,” said Thomas. “The team told me I was racing here about 10 days ago so it was great to come over. I always knew that I’d be up there. Fortunately with the weather conditions it played into my hands a bit but there was only really one corner. There’s only so much time you can lose in one corner.”
Thomas will wear the race’s first leader’s jersey Wednesday, while Wiggins sits 11th, at nine seconds. Defending overall winner Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) came through 20 seconds down, in 46th.
Coming to Romandie off of the track world championships, Thomas said his individual goals were over for the week and he would turn on Wednesday to his two team captains.
“For myself now, it’s purely a team role,” said Thomas. “I’ll be there to help Cav in the sprints wherever they come and Bradley is going for the GC as well, so I’ll be there to help him wherever I can. Coming from the track I don’t really have the climbing legs at the minute. I’ve been used to 4k the last couple of weeks with the track but we’ll give it everything and see what happens.”
Early results listed Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Barracuda) as fifth on the stage, at six seconds. The rider finishing fifth was Kristof Vandewalle of Omega Pharma-Quick Step. —Ed.