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De Gendt wins at Romandie, Bronzini in Chongming: Daily News Digest
Lotto-Soudal rider Thomas de Gendt pulled off one of his trademark long-range attacks on Thursday, winning stage two of the Tour de Romandie. The Belgian attacked very early on, then dropped the last of his breakaway companions with 25 kilometres remaining.
He reached the line in Yverdon-les-Bains a full two minutes and four second ahead of the main bunch, with Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) beating Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r La Mondiale), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and the rest in the sprint for second place.
Overnight race leader Primoz Roglic was in this bunch and retains his split-second advantage over Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) is third, four seconds back, with Diego Rosa (Team Sky) and Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondale) both at five seconds.
The 173.9 kilometre stage ran from Delémont to Yverdon-les-Bains and featured a third category climb early on, a long, undulating plateau after the top and then, with just over 70 kilometres to go, a second category climb. De Gendt went clear on that first climb with teammate Victor Campenaerts, EF Education First-Drapac’s Nate Brown and Andrey Grivko (Astana). They build a gap of almost eight minutes, and De Gendt had more than enough to hold off the bunch when he struck out alone with 25 kilometres left.