The UCI World Tour makes its first stop of the year in Switzerland next week, with the 72nd edition of the Tour de Romandie getting underway on Tuesday in Fribourg. The 6-day event will be made up of a prologue, 4 road stages and a mountain time trial.
The Tour de Romandie gets underway with a technical 4km prologue on Tuesday, thereafter 4 road stages are split by a 9.9km individual mountain time trial up the category 1 climb to Villars. Stages 1 and 3 will suit the climbers, with tough categorised climbs placed in the final kilometers of the stage. While there is a fair amount of climbing on stages 2 and 5, it is still believed that breakaways or small group sprints could decide these stages.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will head to the Tour de Romandie with a team of opportunists, targeting stage success. Merhawi Kudus, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Nicholas Dlamini and Steve Cummings will fancy their chances on the more difficult climbing days while the versatility of Nic Dougall, Johann van Zyl and Jaco Venter allows our African Team to target breakaways on any given day.
Gino van Oudenhove – Sport Director
Tour de Romandie is the next of a hard and high level WT race for us. Nevertheless, this is a great opportunity for some of our riders to step up and take their chances. With a prologue, a climb time trial and a lot of climbing, it fits riders like Steve and Amanuel very well. Also Merhawi showed good riding in the Alps. The amazing riding of Ben in the Alps should give us some good vibes and to the riders to discover the opportunities to show some good results.
Cover Image Explained
Emmental is a medium-hard Swiss cheese. The Tour de Romandie is a medium-hard Swiss race.
While the Tour de Romandie doesn’t pass through Emmental, the famous Swiss cheese seemed right to profile the, um well, profiles of the stages.
Romandie is a pre Giro d’Italia form-finder for many and there’s sure to be a few teams lining up their GC contenders for racing.