The general classification at the Tour de Romandie is set to be hard fought with several Grand Tour contenders lining up

Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) step up their Tour de France preparations at the Tour de Romandie this week as a number of Grand Tour favourites line up for the Swiss race.

Quintana returns for his third European stage race of the year, having won the Volta a Catalunya and finished third at both the Tour de San Luis and Tour of the Basque Country.

Froome, a two-time winner of this race, leads a strong Sky team, featuring Geraint Thomas, Michal Kwiatkowski and Ian Stannard.

The Brit finished third here last year after a lacklustre final time trial, which saw Katusha duo Ilnur Zakarin and Simon Spilak take the top steps on the podium.

Zakarin returns to defend his title with an eye on honing his form for next month’s Giro d’Italia, while Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) will also have the same target.


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Dumoulin will be a favourite for the 4km prologue on Tuesday and the 15km time trial on stage three, with Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step) and Jerome Coppel (FDJ) also targeting stage wins.

The general classification battle will be hard fought, with Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Tejay van Garderen, Richie Porte (both BMC), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), Wilko Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) likely to be among the contenders.

The sprinters will also have their chances on stages one and five, with Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) and Ben Swift (Team Sky) the favourites for the wins.

Start list

Katusha

1 Špilak, Simon
2 Belkov, Maxim
3 Kochetkov, Pavel
4 Lagutin, Sergey
5 Silin, Egor
6 Taaramäe, Rein
7 Vorobyev, Anton
8 Zakarin, Ilnur

Tinkoff

11 Majka, Rafał
12 Blythe, Adam
13 Boaro, Manuele
14 Hernández, Jesús
15 Kišerlovski, Robert
16 Poljanski, Pawel
17 Rovny, Ivan
18 Trofimov, Yuri

Team Sky

21 Froome, Christopher
22 Kwiatkowski, Michal
23 Nieve, Mikel
24 Peters, Alex
25 Puccio, Salvatore
26 Stannard, Ian
27 Swift, Ben
28 Thomas, Geraint

BMC Racing

31 Porte, Richie
32 Bohli, Tom
33 Bookwalter, Brent
34 Caruso, Damiano
35 Moinard, Amaël
36 van Garderen, Tejay
37 Velits, Peter
38 Wyss, Danilo

Etixx – Quick Step

41 Kittel, Marcel
42 Bouet, Maxime
43 Jungels, Bob
44 Martinelli, Davide
45 Sabatini, Fabio
46 Velits, Martin
47 Verona, Carlos
48 Wiśniowski, Łukasz

Movistar Team

51 Quintana, Nairo
52 Amador, Andrey
53 Anacona, Winner
54 Herrada, Jesús
55 Izagirre, Gorka
56 Izagirre, Ion
57 Pedrero, Antonio
58 Rojas, José Joaquín

Orica-GreenEdge

61 Albasini, Michael
62 Gerrans, Simon
63 Haig, Jack
64 Hepburn, Michael
65 Howson, Damien
66 Impey, Daryl
67 Keukeleire, Jens
68 Meier, Christian

FDJ

71 Pinot, Thibaut
72 Bonnet, William
73 Elissonde, Kenny
74 Geniez, Alexandre
75 Morabito, Steve
76 Reichenbach, Sebastien
77 Roux, Anthony
78 Roy, Jérémy

Trek – Segafredo

81 Mollema, Bauke
82 Arredondo, Julián David
83 Beppu, Fumiyuki
84 Bernard, Julien
85 Bobridge, Jack
86 Bonifazio, Niccolo
87 Hesjedal, Ryder
88 Stetina, Peter

LottoNL – Jumbo

91 Kelderman, Wilco
92 Campenaerts, Victor
93 Hofland, Moreno
94 Keizer, Martijn
95 Lammertink, Steven
96 van Emden, Jos
97 van Winden, Dennis
98 Vermeulen, Alexey

Lotto-Soudal

101 Monfort, Maxime
102 Armée, Sander
103 De Clercq, Bart
104 de Gendt, Thomas
105 Marczynski, Tomasz
106 Valls, Rafael
107 Van der Sande, Tosh
108 Vervaeke, Louis

Lampre – Merida

111 Costa, Rui
112 Bono, Matteo
113 Cimolai, Davide
114 Costa, Mário
115 Grmay, Tsgabu
116 Meintjes, Louis
117 Mohoric, Matej
118 Polanc, Jan

Cannondale

121 Uran, Rigoberto
122 Brown, Nathan
123 Dombrowski, Joe
124 Formolo, Davide
125 Moser, Moreno
126 Navardauskas, Ramunas
127 Rolland, Pierre
128 Talansky, Andrew

IAM Cycling

131 Frank, Mathias
132 Coppel, Jérome
133 Devenyns, Dries
134 Hollenstein, Reto
135 Pantano, Jarlinson
136 Reynes, Vicente
137 Wyss, Marcel
138 Zaugg, Oliver

AG2R La Mondiale

141 Bardet, Romain
142 Bakelants, Jan
143 Chérel, Mickaël
144 Dumoulin, Samuel
145 Gastauer, Ben
146 Gretsch, Patrick
147 Latour, Pierre
148 Riblon, Christophe

Astana

151 Sanchez, Luis Leon
152 López, Miguel Ángel
153 Lutsenko, Alexey
154 Rosa, Diego
155 Smukulis, Gatis
156 Tiralongo, Paolo
157 Westra, Lieuwe
158 Zeits, Andrey

Dimension Data

161 Siutsou, Kanstantsin
162 Berhane, Natnael
163 Jim, Songezo
164 Kudus, Merhawi
165 Meyer, Cameron
166 Reguigui, Youcef
167 Sbaragli, Kristian
168 Venter, Jaco

Giant – Alpecin

171 Dumoulin, Tom
172 Fröhlinger, Johannes
173 Haga, Chad
174 Ji, Cheng
175 Ludvigsson, Tobias
176 Preidler, Georg
177 Stamsnijder, Tom
178 Timmer, Albert

Team Roth

181 Kohler, Martin
182 Baillifard, Valentin
183 Brüngger, Nico
184 Krizek, Matthias
185 Page, Dylan
186 Pasqualon, Andrea
187 Pires, Bruno
188 Thalmann, Roland

Wanty – Groupe Gobert

191 Gasparotto, Enrico
192 Bille, Gaetan
193 Claeys, Dimitri
194 Marcato, Marco
195 Martin, Guillaume
196 Mcnally, Mark
197 Minnaard, Marco
198 Veuchelen, Frederik

  • llos25

    The heading should read a proper cyclist and whinger.