Tour de Romandie
Stage 4: Sion - Thyon 2000
Switzerland Saturday 29 April 2023 161.6 km
Cerny features in bold Romandie breakaway
The first rider to wear the yellow jersey at this edition, Josef Cerny was mong the most active men on Saturday’s queen stage, booking a place in the day-long breakaway after an intense first hour of racing. The eight men in the front worked well together, and despite not getting too much space from the peloton – who allowed them a maximum gap of just three minutes – they managed to remain in the lead until the last of the five classified climbs.
Cerny did a tremendous job in the breakaway on this queen stage which had over 4000 meters of elevation, and was among the last riders to get caught by a slowly dwindling bunch in the first part of the never-ending Thyon 2000 (20.8km, 7.6%), the climb where the general classification was decided. The win went to Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates), while Rémi Cavagna came home as the best Soudal Quick-Step rider.
The Tour de Romandie concludes Sunday, in Geneva, where the sprinters should take center stage, on a course containing two ranked ascents, the last of which will be topped around 50 kilometers from the finish.
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