Britain’s 2008 Olympic team pursuit track cycling champion Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Romandie prologue here on Tuesday while last year’s winner Australia’s Tour de France champion Cadel Evans finished 20 seconds off the pace. Thomas, who earlier this month collected a third track cycling world title in the team pursuit, was favored by more clement weather conditions than
Evans encountered on the 3.34km course as he came in a time of 3min 29.43sec. The 25-year-old Sky rider – whose most notable road race win was in the Tour of Bavaria last year – edged out Italy’s Giacomo Nizzolo and fellow Briton Mark Cavendish for first place.
While Evans failed to cope with the driving rain another of his major rivals for the race title, Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, shaped up better finishing 11th just nine seconds off Thomas’s winning time. Wednesday’s first stage is a 184.5km ride from Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds which takes in several climbs, notably col des Bugnenets and col de la Tourne.