Chris Froome (Sky) won the prologue at the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday in Bruson, Switzerland.
Froome registered a time of 13:15.59 on the 7.45km, uphill parcours to unseat Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp).
The American runner-up from 2012 finished in 13:21.85 and led until the day’s final starter, Froome, crossed the line.
Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack-Leopard) was third, 13 seconds off the pace.
“It was only seven kilometers, but climbing, which is not usual for a prologue,” said Froome. “I haven’t raced now in a stage race for a month since Critérium International. I wasn’t sure how my condition would be coming into this race. Winning the prologue today is definitely a good sign and I’d like to try and defend the jersey this week the best I can. I know it’s going to be a very hard week of racing.”
Froome’s teammate Richie Porte finished fourth, at 15 seconds, a fact Froome hoped to leverage in the GC fight.
“We have a really good team here. Richie who came fourth today is also sitting in a very good position,” he said. “That could be really important for us over the next few days as it means we have some other cards to play with the rest of the riders here to support us. It should be a good week of racing.”
The Tour de Romandie continues Wednesday with the 176.8km first stage from St. Maurice to Renens.