Tour de Romandie Stage 2: Meersman 3rd in Hectic Final
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Gianni Meersman was able to get the final spot on the podium at the end of the 190.3km Tour de Romandie Stage 2 on Thursday. Meersman came out of nowhere on the right side in the last meters of the stage, but simply ran out of road trying to catch up following a sweeping left hand turn at 400m from the finish.
Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) won in a photo finish ahead of Enrico Gasparotto (Astana Pro Team). Meersman and several other OPQS riders, including Tony Martin and Gianluca Brambilla, made a select group of about 40 riders going into the final kilometers. The peloton was aggressive including the descent of the final Cat. 3 climb, and that is what caused such separation of the field.