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Pinotti leads Romandie with Roche 33rd

Posted 27 April 2010

Marco Pinotti (HTC Columbia) won today’s 4.3 kilometre Tour de Romandie prologue with a super fast time of 5:17:52 with Nicolas Roche conceding 11:03 seconds on the technical course through the Swiss town of Porrentruy.

Roche was 33rd fastest clocking an average speed of 47.116 kilometres per hour on the pan flat course which demanded first class bike handling skills.

A number of riders were caught out by the narrow streets and tight corners with the final approach through an s-bend and acute right-hander proving the most difficult to negotiate.

Paris Nice revelation Peter Sagan (Liquigas Doimo) came closest to beating the winning time finishing .92 of a second slower with his rapid approach into the final corner almost causing him to collide with a race marshal.

French rider Jeremy Roy (Francaise des Jeux) lies third 3:11 down while defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Liguigas Doimo) is 8th overall 6:24 behind the Italian Pinotti heading in the first stage proper.

The race heads to Fleurier tomorrow (Wednesday) with the 175.6 kilometre stage through the Jura mountains featuring the first category climbs of Saulcy after 47 kilometres and Les Pontins after 77.1 kilometres before tackling Mont de Buttes at the 132.7 mark.

Result:

Tour de Romandie, Prologue TT, Porrentruy, 4.3 kilometres.

1. Marco Pinotti (HTC Columbia) 5 minutes, 17 seconds, .52
2. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) +0.92
3. Roy Jeremy (Francaise des Jeux) + 3:11

33. Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) + 11:03 

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