Tour de Romandie – Ethan Hayter the 2nd stage and his revenge, Dennis leader

Contested around Échallens (168.2 km), the 2nd stage of the Tour of Romandie was won this Thursday by the winner of the prologue two days ago, the Briton Ethan Hayter. Well recovered from his fall which occurred on Wednesday and which cost him the loss of his leader’s jersey, the rider of the INEOS Grenadiers won in the sprint ahead of the Spaniard Jon Aberasturi (Trek-Segafredo) and the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Note the astonishing fourth place ofAleksandr Vlasov (BORA-hansgrohe), who discovered his talents as a sprinter on Thursday. No changes are to be reported in the general classification, the Australian Rohan Dennis (Team Jumbo-Visma) retaining their green jersey. As for Ethan Hayter, at 23, he has already won his 13th professional victory. He is close to the top 100 of the world’s most successful runners in activity.

Video – Ethan Hayter, his 2nd WorldTour victory, his 13th in Pro!

Non-runner Rigoberto Uran, a breakaway made up of four riders

It’s without Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-EasyPost), injured in the shoulder since a fall suffered the day before, but also Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal) and Kevin Colleoni (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), that the peloton takes the start of this 2nd stage. Very quickly, four runners took to their heels, namely Baptiste Planckaert (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials), Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Diego Lopez (Equipo Kern Pharma) and Nils Brown (Swiss). Skujins being only 1’30” behind in the general classification, the peloton does not leave a very big margin for the breakaways, the maximum gap being just over 3 minutes.

Logically, it is Team Jumbo-Visma who is in charge in order to protect the green jersey from Rohan Dennis. 60 kilometers from the finish, the gap between the leading quartet and the peloton is no more than 2’15”. At about forty terminals from the goal, the teams UAE Team Emirates of Fernando Gaviria and DSM-Team of Nikias Arndt start riding with the riders of the Team Jumbo-Visma, which is not good news for escapees. Following an acceleration of Toms Skujins, Baptiste Planckaert and Diego Lopez are distanced from the leading group. On the other hand, Nils Brown manages to cling to the wheel of the Latvian.

The INEOS Grenadiers harden the race, Ethan Hayter untouchable in the home stretch

In an unlisted bump located about twenty kilometers from the finish, the team INEOS Grenadiers takes a big screw, which stretches the peloton in an impressive way, while the two survivors of the breakaway are caught. The teammates of Geraint Thomas continue their pressing in the descent, then a new unlisted climb presents itself in front of the riders.

If a very large part of fast men – Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), Nikias Arndt (DSM-Team), Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers), Dion Smith (Team BikeExchange-Jayco)… – keep their place in the peloton, Ethan Vernon (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) is on the other hand in difficulty and is let go. No attack is to be counted in the final, and it is the fast men who will explain themselves to Échallens. After a huge job done by his teammate Magnus Sheffield, Ethan Hayter starts the sprint 150 meters from the finish line. Placed in the wheel of the Briton, Fernando Gaviria can’t put it back together, Hayter finally prevailing in front Jon Aberasturi (Trek-Segafredo) and Gaviria.

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