Rohan retains Romandie lead

28 Apr 2021

Rohan retains Romandie lead

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Tour de Romandie - Stage 1 » Aigle › Martigny, 168.1km

Rohan Dennis kept hold of the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de Romandie as the Grenadiers controlled the action on stage one.

The team retained their early grip on the GC, with Dennis, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte holding the top three places overall in Switzerland.

With a repeated loop of climbs, the riders set a solid tempo on the front, working together to keep the day's breakaway in check. Eddie Dunbar, Andrey Amador, Owain Doull and Filippo Ganna all put in shifts, before other teams took up the pace setting in the final 15km.

A bunch sprint won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ensured it was a largely unchanged GC ahead of tougher stages to come. 
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- Rohan Dennis

"We just rode a good tempo and we made sure the breakaway was within distance so the sprinter teams could come up and help later in the stage.
 
"Tomorrow will be more complicated but we’ll see what the legs can do. If I go down I’ll go down swinging, but we’ve got two guys who can climb with the best in the world, so it’s no stress for me. 
 
"We’ll see how tomorrow goes first and Saturday is going to be a pretty decisive day. In the end my head is saying that I’m here if the guys need me to ride on the front, even with this jersey."