Hayter sprints to Romandie stage win

28 Apr 2022

Hayter sprints to Romandie stage win

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Tour de Romandie - Stage 2 » Échallens › Échallens, 168.2km

Ethan Hayter produced a superb long-range sprint to claim victory on stage two at the Tour de Romandie.

The Brit claimed his second victory in three days after bouncing back from a crash on Wednesday. With the full backing of the team, he was able to open up his sprint early and hold off Jon Aberasturi (Trek-Segafredo) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates).

The INEOS Grenadiers really took the race on heading into the final 20 kilometres, hitting the front and putting the peloton and its selection of sprinters under pressure.

Brandon Rivera and Laurens De Plus kicked things off, lining out the bunch on the run-in, before Andrey Amador and Luke Plapp helped keep the pace high. Last man in the lead-out, Magnus Sheffield put in a huge final turn before Hayter sprinted to victory.

Plapp is the lead Grenadier in 18th overall at the race's halfway point, with Geraint Thomas now 24th after receiving a time penalty prior to the stage.


- Ethan Hayter

"We knew [the stage victory] was possible but I didn’t know how I’d be after [the crash] yesterday. I rode my way into the stage and the team were amazing today. It’s probably my nicest win – they took it on and we were in position to take the race on like that. To finish it off with a win is amazing.
"I was really lucky yesterday. Obviously I crashed, but to come out with nothing broken and still be able to ride today was fortunate. It was planned to take the race on if I felt okay and obviously we did the same last 40km right at the start. We’d seen it already so we pushed down the descent and on the climbs as well. It wasn’t necessarily to get rid of riders, but maybe to put people under pressure because the climbs are good for me, and I recovered well before the sprint."