Tour de Romandie Stage 4: Two in the Top 5
Etixx - Quick-Step rider Tony Martin finished 4th in the 169.8km Stage 4 of Tour de Romandie on Friday, after attempting to bridge to the leaders or at least gain a few seconds on the peloton by attacking with about 6km remaining. He went away with Julian Alaphilippe, but was unable to close the gap to the three remaining riders of the original breakaway. Gianni Meersman finished 5th, as the top rider in the field sprint behind.
Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) won the race solo. Jan Bakelants (AG2R - La Mondiale) was 2nd, and Bert-Jan Lindeman (Team LottoNL - Jumbo) was 3rd. Küng had a 1'25" advantage inside 10km to go, and with the pouring rain and slick roads his advantage proved to be enough to stay away until the finish line. Martin finished 45" down on Küng, with the field crossing 52" behind.
Etixx - Quick-Step looks next to the designated queen stage, Stage 5, as the peloton heads into the Alps on Saturday. The 162.7km stage includes the Category 1 Les Mosses (13.7km, 4% average gradient, max ramp 9%), which summits at the 63.8km mark of the race, the Category 1 Les Giettes (9.4km, 7.6% average gradient, max ramp 11%), which has a summit at the 105.8km mark of the stage, and Category 1 Petite Forclaz (5.1km, 9.8% average gradient, max ramp 13%), with the top of the climb located at the 24.1km to go point. The peloton will then have to deal with the summit finish of Category 1 Champex-Lac (14.2km, 7% average gradient, max ramp 13%).