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Rain dampens Brammeier and Martin’s Romandie start

Posted 24 April 2012

The combination of a short 3.3 kilometre time trial course and wet weather cost Matt Brammeier and Dan Martin a small amount of time in the Tour de Romandie prologue.

The opening stage was won by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) who stopped the clock at 3’29” after making the most of the dry weather conditions that benefitted the early-starters.

Brammeier (Omega Pharma Quickstep) was just 16 seconds off the winning time while Martin (Garmin Barracuda) was 22 seconds slower.

Defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) made the wise decision to take few risks on the course as the last man to leave the start-house, finishing with a conservative  time of 3’49”.

Brammeier and Martin were content with how the stage went and have already turned their attention to the five stages to come.

“It’s not really my type of course, but I gave it everything anyway,” Brammeier said afterwards.

“The legs are feeling good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he added

Wednesday’s 185 kilometre long stage takes the riderws over rolling, hilly terrain from  Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Martin, who arrived at the race after placing fifth at last Sunday’s Liege-Bastagnoe-Liege remarked that his legs were sore and that he had to laugh when it started to rain minutes before his start-time.

“My Romandie will be relaxed. Luckily I race well when relaxed,” he said, as he surmised the four undulating stages and closing 16.2 kilometre team time trial ahead.

Results:

Tour de Romandie

Prologue, Lausanne, ITT, 3.34 kilometres

1.  Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:03:29.43
2.  Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:04.64
3.  Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:06.13
4.  Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:06.17
5.  Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:06.47
6.  Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:07.97
7.  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:08.17
8.  Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:08.46
9.  Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:08.75
10. Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:08.95
 
52. Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:16
102. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:22
 
General classification:
 
1.  Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:03:29
2.  Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:05
3.  Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:06
4.  Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:06
5.  Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:06
6.  Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:08
7.  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:08
8.  Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:08
9.  Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:09
10.  Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:09
 
52.  Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:16
102. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:22

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