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by Shane Stokes
April 25, 2018
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Michael Matthews bounced back from Liège-Bastogne-Liège disappointment to win the Tour de Romandie prologue on Tuesday, netting the first leader’s jersey as a result. The Australian Team Sunweb rider notched up his first win of the season in the four kilometre test in Fribourg.
Matthews beat BMC Racing Team rider Tom Bohli by one second, depriving the Swiss of a home soil victory after a long period as provisional leader. Bohli’s performance surpassed that of his better-known teammate Rohan Dennis, but wasn’t enough to hold off Matthews.
“I had a rocky start to the season and things were difficult with my broken shoulder but I finally feel like things are on the up again,” said Matthews. “I didn’t know how well I would feel after the weekend but I gave my best and I’m really pleased that I could finish it off with the win. It was a beautiful course and I had a lot of fun out there today; I really enjoy TT’s, especially ones like these where I can use my power. Tonight we’ll just enjoy this win and tomorrow we’ll focus on what we’re going to do next.”
Other riders such as Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) went after Matthews, but were unable to go quicker. Roglic was third, one second adrift. Thomas finished five seconds back in sixth place, while Porte was a further nine seconds behind in 18th.
The latter won the race overall last year, but is yet to hit his top form. Racing continues on Wednesday with a mountainous 166 kilometre stage to Délemont.