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Wiggins leads Romandie tour

2012-04-25 18:42

La Chaux-de-Fonds - Bradley Wiggins won a sprint finish on the second stage of the six-day Tour de Romandie on Wednesday and took the overall leader's yellow jersey.

The British pre-race favourite made his move 150m from the line and held off Lieuwe Westraof the Netherlands by a bike's length in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 23 seconds.

Paulo Tiralongo of Italy was third in the same time after a 184.5km trek from Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Wiggins used a 10-second time bonus for the stage win to lead overall by seven seconds from Team Sky colleague Michael Rogers of Australia.

Dutchman Bauke Mollema trails Wiggins by nine seconds in third.

Wiggins gave Sky their second straight victory after Geraint Thomas won Tuesday's prologue.

Provisional result and overall standings after the 184.5km first stage of the Tour de Romandie from Morges to La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on Wednesday:

1. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) 4hrs 50mins 23secs 2. Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands / Vacansoleil) same time 3. Paolo Tiralongo (Italy / Astana) 4. Tejay Van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) 5. Maciej Paterski (Poland / Liquigas) 6. Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus / Movistar) 7. Serge Pauwels (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 8. Daniele Pietropolli (Italy / Lampre) +1sec 9. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada / Garmin) 10. Pieter Weening (Netherlands / GreenEdge)

Overall standings:

1. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) 4hrs 53mins 51secs 2. Michael Rogers (Australia / Team Sky) +7secs 3. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Rabobank) +9" 4. Stef Clement (Netherlands / Rabobank) 5. Andrew Talansky (U.S. / Garmin) +11"

AP