Italian Sonny Culbrilli (Bahrain) retaliated on the second Wednesday in Martini, on the occasion of the second stage of the Tour de Romandi, La Novville – Saint Emie. Australian Rohan Denise is still yellow.
Culberelli, led by his teammates, beat New Zealander Patrick Bevin in the race, third the day before, and most surprisingly always Mark Hershey, who had a 4-second bonus.
The Colbrelli is impressive as far as the stage is 3,400 meters lower. The Italian stuck to the pass with the 36 knights who formed the leading group at the end of the ascent of the Vue-des-Alpes, whose summit is 17 km from the line.
Virtually no attack could form in the rise of Vue due to the astonishing downfall of Leader Denise. The yellow jersey on his shoulders, the two-time world champion at trial time reached the plate of his teammates Geriant Thomas and Richie Porte, stuck at the wheel.
Denise continued its width in the last kilometers towards St-Imier. Even the Aussie was almost out of sight of the red flame. It was at that time that Culebrilli’s classmates began to act on his avenue. Released by Diego Ulysses, Hershey was not afraid to throw himself into the final packaging. Thanks to his bonus, he’s now sixth in the overall rating, after Denise by 11 inches. “Frankly, I cannot aim for more than third place in these circumstances with runners of this caliber,” Bernays said.
Colbrelli celebrated his first win of the season, one of the greatest successes of his career.
The third stage will take place on Friday in the form of a circuit around Estavayer with a length of 168 km. Many will climb the third category in the program. The final difficulty, climbing the Granges, is 9 km from the end. Expected to be very rainy. / ats-vre
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