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Savoldelli opens Romandie with win

Italian Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) won the prologue of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, leaving his main rivals trailing in the hilly 3.5km time trial through the streets of Fribourg. The 34-year-old, two-time Giro winner claimed his fourth prologue win in the Swiss race, finishing with a five-second lead over Czech Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and seven seconds ahead of third-placed American Chris Horner (Predictor-Lotto). Complete results "I didn't come here to win but to test myself and to do the best possible," Savoldelli said after tackling the long steep climb and a flat sprint to

By Agence France Presse

Savoldelli gets off to a fast start in Romandie

Savoldelli gets off to a fast start in Romandie

Photo: AFP

Italian Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) won the prologue of the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday, leaving his main rivals trailing in the hilly 3.5km time trial through the streets of Fribourg.

The 34-year-old, two-time Giro winner claimed his fourth prologue win in the Swiss race, finishing with a five-second lead over Czech Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) and seven seconds ahead of third-placed American Chris Horner (Predictor-Lotto).

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“I didn’t come here to win but to test myself and to do the best possible,” Savoldelli said after tackling the long steep climb and a flat sprint to the finishing line. “You needed really good legs to win today and make it through the final kilometer.”

Last year’s Romandie winner, Australian Cadel Evans, finished out of the top 10, nearly 20 seconds behind the leader, leaving teammate Horner to take a place on the podium.

Horner says the legs are coming around

Horner says the legs are coming around

Photo: Graham Watson

“My legs weren’t too bad already in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Here it’s getting better and better,” Horner said. “Cadel’s doing well, too, and we’re both aiming for the final podium.”

Evans, who lives in a nearby Swiss village, has vowed to defend his title.

“My preparation revolves around the Tour de France. I want to be in my best form in July. The Tour de Romandie is the first big event of the season. I’ll do my best to defend my title,” the Australian told L’Impartial newspaper.

After soft hills and a flat stage, the six-day Tour de Romandie winds into the Swiss mountains on the fourth day and concludes with a time trial around Lausanne next Sunday.

The 667km Swiss race is wedged between the northern French and Belgian one-day classics on the Pro Tour and the Giro d’Italia.

The organizers are trying to relaunch the race as a training ground for all-rounders before the Giro, which starts on May 12.

Tour de Romandie
Prologue

1. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Astana, 3.5km in 4:35
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cz), Liquigas, at 0:05
3. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:07
4. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Astana, at 0:09
5. Sandy Casar (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:10
6. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz), Astana, at 0:10
7. Brett Lancaster (Aus), Milram, at 0:11
8. Hubert Schwab (Swi), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:11
9. Rigoberto Uran (Col), Unibet.com, at 0:11
10. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:11

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Results

Tour de Romandie

Prologue

1. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Astana, 3.5km in 4:35

2. Roman Kreuziger (Cz), Liquigas, at 0:05

3. Christopher Horner (USA), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:07

4. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Astana, at 0:09

5. Sandy Casar (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:10

6. Andrey Mizurov (Kaz), Astana, at 0:10

7. Brett Lancaster (Aus), Milram, at 0:11

8. Hubert Schwab (Swi), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:11

9. Rigoberto Uran (Col), Unibet.com, at 0:11

10. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:11

11. Beat Zberg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:12

12. Jussi Veikkanen (Fin), Française des Jeux, at 0:12

13. David Zabriskie (USA), CSC, at 0:12

14. Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus), Unibet.com, at 0:12

15. Martin Elmiger (Swi), Ag2r, at 0:13

16. Cadel Evans (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:14

17. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Crédit Agricole, at 0:14

18. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Liquigas, at 0:15

19. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:15

20. Laurens Ten Dam (Nl), Unibet.com, at 0:15

21. Danilo Napolitano (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:15

22. Karsten Kroon (Nl), CSC, at 0:15

23. Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro), Liquigas, at 0:16

24. Thomas Dekker (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:16

25. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:16

26. Markus Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:16

27. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:16

28. Mirco Lorenzetto (I), Milram, at 0:16

29. Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Liquigas, at 0:16

30. Andrea Tonti (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:16

31. Francisco Perez Sanchez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:16

32. Mauro Facci (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:16

33. Michael Barry (CAN), T-Mobile, at 0:16

34. Alessandro Proni (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:17

35. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:17

36. Arrieta Lujambio José Luis (Sp), Ag2r, at 0:17

37. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, at 0:17

38. Cristian Moreni (I), Cofidis, at 0:17

39. Janez Brajkovic (Slo), Discovery Channel, at 0:17

40. Andy Schleck (Lux), Tea, at 0:18

41. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:18

42. Tadej Valjavec (Slo), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:18

43. Stef Clement (Nl), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:18

45. Florent Brard (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:18

46. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 0:18

47. William Walker (Aus), Rabobank, at 0:19

48. Ivan Santaromita (Swi), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:19

49. Jérémy Roy (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:19

50. Michael Blaudzun (Dk), CSC, at 0:19

51. Anthony Charteau (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:19

52. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:19

53. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Crédit Agricole, at 0:19

54. Nicolas Portal (F), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:19

55. Igor Anton Hernandez (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:19

56. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr), T-Mobile, at 0:19

57. Matthieu Sprick (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:20

58. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:20

59. Carlos Sastre Candil (Sp), CSC, at 0:20

60. Julian Dean (NZl), Crédit Agricole, at 0:20

61. Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:20

62. Michael Rogers (Aus), T-Mobile, at 0:20

63. Gomez Marchante José Angel (Sp), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:20

64. Theo Eltink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:20

65. Gregory Henderson (NZl), T-Mobile, at 0:20

66. Xabier Zandio Echaide (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:21

67. David Canada Gracia (Sp), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:21

68. Robert Gesink (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:21

69. John Gadret (F), Ag2r, at 0:21

70. Luca Celli (I), Team LPR, at 0:21

71. Addy Engels (Nl), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:21

72. Mikel Astanaarloza Chaurreau (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:21

73. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas, at 0:21

74. Erik Gustav Erik (Swe), Unibet.com, at 0:21

75. Vincent Jerome (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:22

76. Charles Wegelius (GB), Liquigas, at 0:22

77. Guido Trentin (I), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:22

78. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 0:22

79. Robert Förster (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:22

80. Leonardo Duque (Col), Cofidis, at 0:23

81. Giuseppe Guerini (I), T-Mobile, at 0:23

82. Steve Morabito (Swi), Astana, at 0:23

83. Frantisek Rabobankon (Cz), T-Mobile, at 0:23

84. Igor Abakoumov (B), Astana, at 0:23

85. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Cofidis, at 0:23

86. Pavel Padrnos (Cz), Discovery Channel, at 0:23

87. Pena Grisales Victor Hugo (Col), Unibet.com, at 0:23

88. Poilvet Benoît (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:24

89. Christophe Moreau (F), Ag2r, at 0:24

90. Timothy Gudsell (NZl), Française des Jeux, at 0:24

91. Frédéric Bessy (F), Cofidis, at 0:24

92. David Moncoutie (F), Cofidis, at 0:24

93. Andreas Dietziker (Swi), Team LPR, at 0:25

94. Jaime Castaneda (Col), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:25

95. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Milram, at 0:25

96. Arnaud Gerolsteinerard (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:25

97. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:25

98. Nicolas Crosbie (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:25

99. Johann Tschopp (Swi), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:26

100. Davide Vigano (I), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:26

101. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Astana, at 0:26

102. Marco Marzano (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:26

103. Laurent Brochard (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:26

104. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:26

105. Martin Müller (G), Milram, at 0:27

106. Michal Golas (Pol), Unibet.com, at 0:27

107. Marco Pinotti (I), T-Mobile, at 0:28

108. Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN), Discovery Channel, at 0:28

109. Rémy Di Gregorio (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:28

110. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:28

111. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r, at 0:28

112. Maryan Hary (F), Cofidis, at 0:28

113. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), CSC, at 0:28

114. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram, at 0:28

115. Paolo Bailetti (I), Team LPR, at 0:29

116. Vicente Reynes Mimo (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:29

117. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), Astana, at 0:30

118. Borut Bozic (Slo), Team LPR, at 0:31

119. Kai Reus (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:31

120. Bart Dockx (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:31

121. Christophe Rinero (F), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:32

122. Jon Bru Pascal (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:32

123. Antonio Colom Mas (Sp), Astana, at 0:32

124. Marcel Strauss (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:32

125. Tom Criel (B), Unibet.com, at 0:32

126. Sylvain Calzati (F), Ag2r, at 0:32

127. Nick Gates (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:32

128. Manuel Beltran Martinez (Sp), Liquigas, at 0:33

129. Trent Lowe (Aus), Discovery Channel, at 0:33

130. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), Discovery Channel, at 0:33

131. Aaron Olson (USA), T-Mobile, at 0:33

132. Nicolas Hartmann (F), Cofidis, at 0:34

133. Johannes Fröhlinger (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:35

134. Geert Verheyen (B), Quick Step-Innergetic, at 0:35

135. Wim Van Huffel (B), Predictor-Lotto, at 0:35

136. Sebastian Langeveld (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:36

137. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:38

138. Leonardo Piepoli (I), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:38

139. Raffaele Ferrara (I), Team LPR, at 0:39

140. Amets Txurruka (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:39

141. Olivier Bonnaire (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:39

142. Cornelis Reinbert Cornelis (Nl), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:40

143. Pierre Drancourt (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:41

144. Eros Capecchi (I), Liquigas, at 0:41

145. Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:42

146. Ignacio Gutierrez (Sp), Team LPR, at 0:42

147. Roger Beuchat (Swi), Team LPR, at 0:42

148. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Sp), Discovery Channel, at 0:43

149. Cyrille Monnerais (F), Française des Jeux, at 0:43

150. Christophe Kern (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:43

151. Ian Mcleod (RSA), Française des Jeux, at 0:43

152. Matteo Bono (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:43

153. Cyril Dessel (F), Ag2r, at 0:44

154. Parra Pinto Ivan Ramiro (Col), Cofidis, at 0:44

155. Gorazd Stangelj (Slo), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:44

156. Sebastian Schwager (G), Milram, at 0:45

157. Marco Zanotti (I), Unibet.com, at 0:46

158. Chris Sörensen (Dk), CSC, at 0:47

159. Christophe Le Mevel (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:49

160. Simon Gerrans (Aus), Ag2r, at 0:50

161. Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Sp), Discovery Channel, at 0:50

162. Fabio Sacchi (I), Milram, at 0:53

163. Aitor Galdos Alonso (Sp), Eustaltel-Euskadi, at 0:57

164. Jan Boven (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:08

165. Nazareno Rossi (Swi), Team LPR, at 1:11

166. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Predictor-Lotto, at 1:30