Wiggins sprints to win in Romandie opener

Wed, 25 Apr 16:46:00 2012

Bradley Wiggins stormed to a superb sprint victory in the first stage of the Tour de Romandie in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

2012 CYCLING Team Sky Brad Wiggins Mark Cavendish - 0

The Team Sky rider went for the win after sprint specialist Mark Cavendish was dropped on a climb 30km from the end of the 185km stage, and took the victory with a stunning surge to the line from 400m out.

Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) was second while Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) just edged Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) for third place.

Wiggins's victory was all the more remarkable considering the puncture in the closing stages which forced him to play catch-up to get back into the leading group.

"I had a lot of adrenaline after I punctured with 25k to go," he said.

"When that happened the boys dropped back for me and did a fantastic job.

"Then in the final I was kind of on my own and marshalling everything and I just wanted to pay them back for everything they'd done, they were incredible. I've got them to thank and it was really nice to be able to finish it off like that.

"I went a bit early and had to sit down to rest for a bit and then went again but it was good to get the win!

"I want to win Romandie, that's for sure. I'll take what I can every day and it's really nice to win a sprint like this because normally I only ever really win time trials."

Wiggins's team-mate and race prologue winner Geraint Thomas was dropped in the same climb as Cavendish, leaving Wiggins in the lead of the general classification by seven seconds from Australian team-mate Michael Rogers, with Rabobank's Bauke Mollema third a further two seconds back.

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