After relinquishing the leader’s jersey to Luís León Sánchez (Rabobank) in yesterday’s penultimate stage at the Tour de Romandie, Bradley Wiggins (Sky) stole it right back again in today’s final time trial, winning the stage and the overall.
Wiggins was fastest on the day over the 16.5km Crans Montana course — even after suffering a mechanical — winning by only one second over second-place finisher Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda), who jumped to second overall.
But more importantly, Wiggins gained 1:24 over Sanchez, well above the nine seconds he needed to catapult back into the final leader’s jersey.
Rui Costa (Movistar) finished fourth on the day to round out the top-three on the final GC.
“It’s really nice to finish it off in a time trial on the last day for the boys,” said Wiggins. “I think in terms of pressure, I’ve got to grips with that now. But I had a super-strong team this week and they’ve put me in this position going into this final time trial just nine seconds down.”
1. Bradley WIGGINS, Sky in 0:28:56
2. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Barracuda at :01
3. Richie PORTE, Sky at :17
4. Rui COSTA, Movistar at :23
5. Roman KREUZIGER, Astana at :40
1. Bradley WIGGINS, Sky in 18:05:40
2. Andrew TALANSKY, Garmin-Barracuda at :12
3. Rui COSTA, Movistar at :36
4. Richie PORTE, Sky at :45
5. Michael ROGERS, Sky at :50
In an earlier version of this report, Luis León Sanchez was mistakenly identified as riding for Euskaltel-Euskadi. Sanchez has ridden for Rabobank since 2011. —ed.