Tour de Romandie, Stage 1

Stage one of the Tour de Romandie led from St. Maurice to Renens through the French part of Switzerland. Britain’s Chris Froome of team Sky retained the yellow jersey. Belgian Gianni Meersman of team Omega Pharma-QuickStep won the sprint finish while Mark Cavendish of the same team had mechanical problems midway through the 176 km stage.

Tomorrow’s 190 km stage will lead from Lausanne-Prilly to Granges.

The pack climbs the Col du Mollendruz at the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The pack climbs the Col du Mollendruz at the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The breakaway group of Julien BŽrard (team AG2R La Mondiale), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskatel Euskadi) and David Veilleux (Europcar) climb the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The breakaway group of Julien BéŽrard (team AG2R La Mondiale), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskatel Euskadi) and David Veilleux (Europcar) climb the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The breakaway group of Julien BŽrard (team AG2R La Mondiale), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskatel Euskadi) and David Veilleux (Europcar) climb the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The breakaway group of Julien BéŽrard (team AG2R La Mondiale), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskatel Euskadi) and David Veilleux (Europcar) climb the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
Christopher Froome wearing the yellow jersey and Vasil Kiryienka of Team Sky lead the pack at the ascent to the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
Christopher Froome wearing the yellow jersey and Vasil Kiryienka of Team Sky lead the pack at the ascent to the Col du Mollendruz in the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
Mark Cavendish of team Omega Pharma-QuickStep had mechanical problems and did not figure in the finish of the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
Mark Cavendish of team Omega Pharma-QuickStep had mechanical problems and did not figure in the finish of the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The pack climbs the Col du Mollendruz at the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
The pack climbs the Col du Mollendruz at the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
A cyclist climbs the Col du Mollendruz ahead of the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.
A cyclist climbs the Col du Mollendruz ahead of the Tour de Romandie April 24, 2013.