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The 2011 Tour de Romandie was one of two one week stage races BMC's Cadel Evans won leading up to his win at the Tour de France in July
Big Photos from the 2011 Tour de Romandiesirotti/reuters

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News and Updates for Tour de Romandie 2011

Stage 5 results: Ben Swift wins the only sprint finish of the week; Cadel Evans wraps up the overall

Stage 5 results:
1  Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling                     3:50:51   
2  Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek      
3  Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team      
4  Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale      
5  Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana      
6  Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack      
7  Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad      
8  Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale      
9  Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar      
10 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team                  

Final General Classification
1  Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team                16:51:49   
2  Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad                     + 0:18   
3  Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana         + 0:19   
4  Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad                   + 0:31   
5  Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team      + 0:41   
6  Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team         + 0:51   
7  Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack              + 0:52   
8  Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team                     + 0:58   
9  Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo          + 0:59   
10 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo             + 1:00  
Sky's Geneva convention guides Swift to victory; Evans wraps up overall title cyclingnews
Cadel Evans wraps up Tour de Romandie as Ben Swift takes final stagevelonews
Stage 5 Highlights (01:33 Flemish) — sporza
6 Big Photos from Stage 5 (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Win at Romandie ‘very satisfying’ for Evanscyclingnews
Graham Watson Stage 5 photosgrahamwatson
May 1 update: This year's Tour of Romandie ends in Geneva after two cat 1 climbs in the middle heading south from the start in Champagne. The last 25 km are flat so Cadel Evans 18s lead isn't likely in jeopardy provided the rain holds off. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 4 ITT: Cadel Evans's 8th place ride moves him to the top of the GC; Dave Zabriskie benefits from an early start to take the win

9 Big Photos from Stage 4 (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Stage 4 results:
1  David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervélo)     27:57
2  Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-SunGard)     27:59
3  Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil)          28.13
4  Bradley Wiggins (Skuy)               28:15
5  Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)           28:24  
8  Cadel Evans (BMC)                    28:41

General Classification after Stage 4
1  Cadel Evans (BMC) 
2  Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)          + 0:18
3  Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)       + 0:19
4  Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad)        + 0:31
5  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team)     + 0:41	
Zabriskie powers to Romandie time trial cyclingnews
Dave Zabriskie wins Tour de Romandie TT, Cadel Evans takes leadvelonews
9 Big Photos from Stage 4 (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Stage 4 ITT Highlights (02:54 German) —
Graham Watson Stage 4 photosgrahamwatson
April 29 update: Pavel Brutt (Katusha) will take a 32s lead over Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and 42s over Cadel Evans (BMC) into the penultimate stage. He's not known as a time-trialist so tune in to see what happens on the lumpy, somewhat technical 20.5 km ITT starting from Aubonne. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
Stage 4 ITT Start Order and Timesbiciciclismo

Stage 3 results: Vino schools the field in Neuchatel and collects 10s bonus to move up to 2nd overall before the decisive ITT on Saturday

The only thing AG2R's Mikaël Cherel should be upset about is that he sat on Astana's Alexander Vinokourov's wheel for too long and then tried to pass him in the narrow gap with the barriers
4 Big Photos from Stage 3reuters/sirotti
Stage 3 results:
1  Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)            3:47:55
2  Mickael Cherel (AG2R)   
3  Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad)   
4  Ben Swift (Sky)   
5  Oscar Freire (Rabobank)   
6  Davide Vigano (Sky)   
7  Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack)   
8  Alan Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
9  Manuele Mori (Lampre-ISD)   
10 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil)   

General Classification after Stage 3
1  Pavel Brutt (Katusha)                   12:31:34
2  Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)             + 0:32
3  Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD)               + 0:38
4  Cadel Evans (BMC)                         + 0:42
5  Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi)         + 0:46
6  Steve Morabito (BMC)                      + 0:50
7  Beñat Intxausti (Movistar Team)           + 0:51
8  Olivier Zaugg (Leopard-Trek)   
9  Pieter Weening (Rabobank)   
10 Marcel Wyss (Geox-TMC)                    + 0:52	
Alexandre Vinokourov takes stage three in disputed breakaway sprintvelonation
Vinokourov powers to victory cyclingnews
Alexander Vinokourov wins stage at Tour de Romandie, Pavel Brutt keeps leadvelonews
4 Big Photos from Stage 3reuters/sirotti
Graham Watson Stage 3 photosgrahamwatson
April 28 update: Stage 3 isn't as lumpy as stage 2, but it will have category 1 and category 2 climbs near the finish. Unlike stage 2, the last three kms into Neuchâtel will be flat. Note the earlier live video time. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 2: Damiano Cunego surges for the uphill win in Romont; Pavel Brutt put under pressure and loses 45s of his overall lead

Cunego prevails in Romontcyclingnews
Cunego al Romandia Battuti Evans e
Damiano Cunego takes uphill sprint victory Tour de Romandie as leader Pavel Brutt strugglesvelonews
10 Big Photos from Stage 2 (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Graham Watson Stage 2 photosgrahamwatson
April 27 update: When in cycle-tourist mode, I enjoy cloverleaf tours. If you are not familiar with the term, that's when you set up base camp somewhere and do recreational rides in all directions over three or four days. Some people call that a "cloverleaf tour." Well, Stage 2 consists of three cloverleaves through the hilly Romandie countryside with Romont being "basecamp" or the hub. Romont is a pictureque Swiss hilltop town (photos) and the last km to the finish of stage 3 will be 7.5%. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 1: Break succeeds with Pavel Brutt (Katusha) winning by almost 2 minutes over the peloton

Brutt solos to victory in Leysincyclingnews
Pavel Brutt climbs through the rain to take first road stagevelonation
8 Big Photos from Stage 1 (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Graham Watson Stage 1 Photosgrahamwatson
Benatti out of Tour de Romandie with broken collarbonecyclingnews
Robert Kiserlovski leaves Touyr de Romandie, Giro d’Italia in doubtvelonews

The view of Chateau d'Oex, km 120 of Stage 1. Here's an excellent recreational ride off of today's route that's too narrow for a professional race:
Cycling Switzerland, Chateau d'Oex - Lac de L'Hongrin 40 km
April 26 update: Stage 1 gradually works its way uphill finishing with two cat 1 climbs and an uphill finish in Leysin. Call this the Queen Stage for a tame Tour de Romandie this year.

The day starts out easy heading north from yesterday's prologue site in Martigny. We'll pass the UCI head office in Aigle, transverse the shores of Lake Geneva before tackling the diffcult part of this stage. The riders will loop through some classic Romandie countryside (narrow twisty roads with lush hills) climbing Col du Pillon at km 150, the highest point of this year's Tour de Romandie at 1545m (3D tour) before descending to the base of the ski resort in Leysin. The finishing climb (generously awarded category 1) is about 6 km long with a modest 4.4% average grade. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

 3D Flyover of Col du Pillon el. 1546m (Cat 1) at km 150 (22 km to go) — cyclingthealps

Prologue results: Jonathan Castroviejo edges Taylor Phinney (BMC) to give Euskaltel-Euskadi a rare prologue win

7 Big Photos from the Prologue (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Prologue results:
1  Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   3:40.42 (49 kph)
2  Taylor Phinney (BMC)                       3:40.69
3  Leigh Howard (HTC)                         3:41.55
4  Geoffrey Lequatre (RadioShack)             3:42.37
5  David Millar (Garmin-Cervélo)              3:42.52
6  Denis Van Winden (Rabobank)                3:43.40
7  Patrick Gretsch (HTC-Highroad)             3:43.90
8  Mark Renshaw (HTC-Highroad)                3:44.06
9  Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)              3:44.37
10 Daniele Bennati (Leopard-Trek)             3:44.42
Castroviejo stuns in Romandie prologuecyclingnews
Jonathan Castroviejo takes prologue at 2011 Tour de Romandievelonews
7 Big Photos from the Prologue (more photos added) — reuters/sirotti
Graham Watson Prologue photosgrahamwatson

April 25 update: A short (3.5 km), dead-flat prologue with a bunch of 90 degree corners on pavé. Lots of good TTer's in the field to choose from including Frantisek Rabon (HTC) winner of the flat 3.1 km Lausanne prologue at the 2009 Tour de Romandie (photo left), Rabon's teammate Marco Pinotti who won the prologue last year, perennial prologue favorites David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky). The weather forecast is partly cloudy and 10C which may make it the nicest day weather-wise for the entire race with rain forecasted for much of the remaining week. Apparently, the organizers have cut the hardest turn on the prologue course so the overall distance has been trimmed to 2.9 km. See the race summary table (r) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
Prologue Start Order and Timesbiciciclismo

2011 Race Previews

April 25 update:
2011 Worldwide broadcasters and initial sources for live
Evans and BMC ready for
Evans, Phinney to ride the Tour de Romandiecyclingnews
Nicolas Roche Video Interview: Building towards Liège, Romandie and Tour velonation
2011 Official startlist w/ bib
Time trials loom large in Tour of Romandievelonews
Evans, Basso, Menchov line up for Tour de Romandie AFP

April 24 update: Cadel Evans and Taylor Phinney ready to ride at Tour de Romandievelonews

2011 Tour de Romandie Course Preview

April 17 update: As usual, the Tour de Romandie starts with a short prologue and includes a time-trial near the end. This year's individual time trial is positioned on the penultimate stage on a course that can neither be described as easy or difficult.

There are never any big mountain days at the Tour de Romandie just a bunch of hilly stages on narrow roads. Stage 2 will feature two cat 1 climbs near the end with a uphill finish in Leysin so we'll call it the queen stage.

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The race concludes with a downhill run into Geneva on May 1st less than a week before the Giro d'Italia starts which some riders will be ramping up for. Last year's Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liguigas) is opting for this race over Giro del Trentino and watch for 2009 Tour de Romandie overall winner and 2008 runner-up, Roman Kreuziger (Astana), who will be one of Basso's closest competitors at the Giro d'Italia this year.

See the stage maps, profiles and timetables in race summary table (right) and scroll down for the provisional rosters. — Steve

Live Streaming Video, Text Updates and and TV Coverage

April 25 update: A work in progress for Tour de Romandie 2011 live and delayed coverage. Check back at race time for the unrestricted live links. Feel free to send in additional sources for live video, tv coverage or text updates/tickers as they become known. — Steve
media source tv or internet comments/restrictions
   live video (dutch)
  tv schedule
Daily live coverage of Ronde van Romandie on Dutch tv coverage. Stage 3 live at 13:55 CET on EXQI Sport.
   live video (french)
   live video (french)
  tv schedule
France and Europe satellites; looks like delayed coverage on Sport+
   live video (italian)
  tv schedule
Italian; Sport Italia diretta and unrestricted.
eurosport    delayed video (english)
   live video (english)
  tv schedule (british)
British Eurosport will have live coverage on Eurosport 2. Stage 5 is delayed on British Eurosport. Starts at 22:30 CET.
   live video (spanish)
  tv schedule
Spanish; daily live coverage. Restricted
versus   tv schedule United States; Delayed coverage, April 26-29 @ 4pm; April 30-May 1 Time TBD
   highlights (restricted)
  tv schedule
Romande; French.
 live text updates English updates live text updates (french)
 live ticker
live text updates and new race ticker on the official site
live text updates ES
live text updates EN
The Biciciclismo website has the latest Spanish race updates
 steephill text updates
 official tweets  #romandie twitter group
short text updates from any and everyone
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2011 Route Map

Large Detailed Route Maptourderomandie

2010 Tour de Romandie Archived Coverage

2009 Tour de Romandie Archived Coverage

2008 Tour de Romandie Archived Coverage