Sion welcomes the Tour de Romandie peloton
Eros Capecchi and Michael Mørkøv are the two Quick-Step Floors riders who'll line up on Sunday for the last stage of the race.
Sion is not just one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe, with traces of human settlements going back more than 8000 years, but also one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, surrounded by imposing mountains and embraced by the stunning Rhone river, a former trade route for the Greeks and Romans in ancient times.
This picturesque landscape, straight out of Thomas Worthington Whittredge's "Travelers in the Alps", was the backdrop of the Tour de Romandie stage 4, the most difficult of this year's edition, which included five ranked climbs. The first four didn't witness too much action, but whittled down the peloton, who numbered only 40 riders at the bottom of Les Collons. On the 13.3km first-category ascent averaging 6.4%, the yellow jersey group reeled in the five-man breakaway, before attacks began flying off the front of the bunch.
One of this moves eventually saw Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) slip away on the descent and put 40 second between him and the first chasing group, before taking a solo victory, while Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) extended his lead in the general classification after outsprinting Egan Bernal (Team Sky) in the fight for second.
Ahead of the race's final day (Mont-sur-Rolle – Genève, 181.8 kilometers), one which should suit the fast men of the peloton, Eros Capecchi continues to be the highest-placed Quick-Step Floors rider in the overall standings.
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