King Stefan Kung surges to solo Romandie stage 2 Win
A powerful solo burst from local talent Stefan Kung clinched victory on Stage 2 of the Tour of Romandie
After a 174.4km rolling run in misty rain from the foothills of the Jura to the edge of Lake Geneva, the 25-year-old time-trial specialist made his move, the peloton knew Kung had no chance of taking the overall lead.
A recent recruit of the French team FDJ, Kung launched his surge from a mini break with 18km to race. He produced a sustained tempo all the way to the line.
Some 59 seconds after Kung raised his arms in victory, Ireland's Sam Bennett of Bora edged Italy's Sonny Colbrelli for second as the peloton went through in a bunch sprint.
Primoz Roglic, the Slovenian who is a favourite for May's Giro d'Italia, finished with the pack and stayed in yellow.
Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas of Ineos remained fourth.
"I felt good and managed to hold off the peloton on my own, so great," said Kung, who left BMC at the end of last season.
This was Kung's third career stage win on the Tour of Romandie and his second stage win of the season.
VIDEO: 2019 Tour de Romandie Stage 2 Highlights
2019 Tour de Romandie Stage 2 Top 10
1 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 4:10:59
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:59
3 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
4 Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
5 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
6 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team
7 Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott
8 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
9 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension Data
10 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Gobert Cycling.
2019 Tour de Romandie GC after stage 2:
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma 8:32:13
2 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:10
3 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:12
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:00:13
5 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:14
6 Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:15
7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:17
8 James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:18
9 Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:19