Romandie specialist Albasini wins 2nd stage to lead overall
Apr. 29, 2015
SAINT-IMIER, Switzerland (AP) — Tour of Romandie specialist Michael Albasini of Switzerland won the second stage Wednesday in a sprint finish to take the overall lead.
Albasini, who won all three sprint stages of the six-day race last year, edged Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia and third-placed Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe at the end of the 168.1kilometer (104.5-mile) route from Apples to Saint-Imier.
Albasini got a 10-second bonus for winning in 4 hours, 21 minutes, 43 seconds, and leads by the same margin from his Orica Greenedge teammate Ivan Santaromita of Italy.
Two-time defending champion Chris Froome of Britain is third, also trailing by 10 seconds.
Froome's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas lost the overall lead by finishing four minutes back after puncturing a tire.
Thursday's stage is a 172.5-kilometer (107.2-mile) ride from Moutier to Porrentruy.