Three riders per second: Cerny surprises with entry victory at Tour de Romandie

Josef Cerny won the Tour de Romandie prologue. The 29-year-old Czech, assistant to Remco Evenepoel in the Giro d’Italia, was much faster than time trial world champion Tobias Foss (Jumbo-Visma) and teammate Rémi Cavagna.

For the 29-year-old Czech, this is his eleventh professional victory and his second at the WorldTour. He won a stage on the Tour of Italy in 2020.

Pancake Flat Prologue

The six-day Tour de Romandie is often the mountaineers’ domain, but the 6.8km prologue, which begins and ends in Port-Valais near Lake Geneva, was flat as a pancake.

It was clear beforehand that it takes an average of 55 kilometers per hour to walk with flowers today. The first to approach was German Nico Denz.

Despite the chain problems, the German driver from Bora-hansgrohe set a time of 7.29 on the final straight and is good at 54,521 kilometers per hour. He finally finished fourth.

Cerny is just over 55 kilometers per hour

Only one person managed to exceed the 55 km/h limit. Czech sprinter Josef Cerny of Soudal-Quickstep drove around with an average of 55,011 km/h and set the best time at 7.25.

Ethan Hayter, who won the prologue on Romandie last year, was bitten at the time. But it wasn’t something Cerny could really celebrate until teammate Cavagna and time trial world champion Foss crossed the finish line.

Timing showed that both Cavagna and Foss were a few tenths of a second slower than the Czech.

With Evenepoel at El Teide

In the last few weeks Cerny completed his internship at Evenepoel in Tenerife. In collaboration with Fausto Masnada, they even had time to work on aerodynamics on the flanks of El Teide volcano.

“I’m not really surprised,” Cerny later said. “Of course I wasn’t in the favourites, but I worked hard and I’m very confident, so I was expecting to be in the top five.”

To add quickly, “But I was lucky with three guys per second.”

Successful comeback Ayuso

Foss had the best deal among men determined to final victory. Competing in his first race since finishing third in last year’s Vuelta, 20-year-old Spanish top talent Juan Ayuso lost 11 seconds to Foss.

Romain Bardet (0.15), Damiano Caruso (0.17), Adam Yates (0.18) and Simon Yates (0.19), as well as Colombians Sergio Higuita and Egan Bernal (0.25), are already well behind the Norwegian who will most likely leave Jumbo-. Visma at the end of the season.

Many riders use the Tour de Romandie to dot and pass the i for the Tour of Italy. Last year the overall victory went to Aleksandr Vlasov.

Source: NOS