The 174.4-kilometer stage started with rain and low temperatures and almost as soon as the flag dropped, a six-man group pulled away. The breakaway gained an advantage of 4’40” over the peloton which included all of the CCC Team riders, who were riding attentively, trying to stay safe on the slippery and wet roads. The main group kept control of the gap and reached the top of category two climb, Col du Mollendruz, 3’30” behind the leaders.
Bevin, together with his teammates, maintained a good position in the bunch, which was gearing up for the fast finale. The rain was pouring for most of the day and although the sky cleared up a few times and allowed the roads to dry up a little bit, the conditions were once again wet and dangerous entering the final 30 kilometers.
Küng took advantage of this by attacking solo and he was able to hold off the chasers to take the win. With the second place still up for grabs, Bevin fought hard to launch his sprint well-positioned and he eventually crossed the line in sixth place, in the main bunch one minute behind the winner.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a wet and cold day here at Tour de Romandie. After my former teammate’s win, we were involved in a sprint for a second place and I ended up sixth. It was a very fast run-in to the finish which is not really my specialty but, it was good to practice such a sprint as the season progresses.”
“Despite the rain and slippery roads, the finale was very good and it seemed safe. Once the speed increases and the group gets lined out and it’s less hectic. With 30 or 40 kilometers to go, it was more nervous than at the very end of the stage because there was still a big bunch and everyone was trying to stay in position.”
“The team was really good today. We will try again tomorrow and keep on going in the next few days. It’s a hard race and the level here is really high so any results we can pick up in the upcoming stages are going to be well-earned.”
Stage two, Le Locle – Morges, 174.4km
Top 3:1. Stefan Kung (Groupama – FDJ) 2. Sam Bennett (Bora – hansgrohe) 3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)
CCC Team Top 3:6. Patrick Bevin 34. Joey Rosskopf 55. Will Barta