Woods wins the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie and snatches the lead from Marc Soler

The Spaniard is fourth overall, 33 points behind the Canadian.

Michael Woods wins the stage while Geraint Thomas goes to the ground.EFE

The canadian Michael Woods I won the British hand in hand Geraint Thomas in the sprint for victory in the queen stage of the Tour de Romanda and snatched the Spaniard Marc Soler the leadership in the Swiss race, which will be decided this Sunday in an individual time trial of 16.2 km.

Woods, leader of the Israel Start-Up Nation team, achieved the eighth victory of his career after beating Thomas, with whom he had advanced the group of favorites with two kilometers left. The British went to the ground in full sprint and was passed by the Australian Ben O’Connor, who came second, 17 seconds behind the winner. Thomas was third, at 21.

Soler, who had donned the leader’s jersey when winning Friday’s stage, crossed the finish line ninth, 53 seconds behind Woods, who leads the race with 11 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas, 21 over O’Connor and 33 over Marc. To usually do.

This Saturday the queen stage presented a route of 162 kilometers between Sion and the top of Thyon 2000, with two first-class passes and the final in a special category climb. The accumulated unevenness reached 4,328 meters.

Already at the Chamoson level, third, a seven runner breakout with Josef Cerny (Deceuninck), Mads Wrtz (Israel), Kobe Goossens Y Matthew Holmes (Lotto), Magnus Cort (EF Education), Simone Petilli (Wanty) and Simon Pellaud (Androni). The Spanish team Movistar, with black badges as a sign of mourning for their doctor Jess Hoyos, who died this Friday, controlled the squad to defend the leadership of Marc Soler.

At the top of Anzere, in the rain, the escapees passed with a 6-minute lead to manage 40 flat km before the ascent to Suen, where the British Chris Froome and the belgian Philippe gilbert they were left off the hook before the rhythm imposed by Movistar.

Descent neutralized

A heavy downpour forced the race director to neutralize the descent, a circumstance that helped the escapees to retain an advantage of more than five minutes on foot from the last port. Cort, second the day before, and Petilli were ahead of their fugitive companions and 10 km from the top had an income of more than 4 minutes over the first group. Shortly after, the Italian could not follow the wheel of the dans, which was left alone in the front.

In the fog, Marc Soler counted on the last ascent with the help of the Colombian Michelangelo Lopez and the Italians Davide Villella Y Dario Cataldo, but an acceleration of the Ineos left him alone before the heads of the British team, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, still with 8 km ahead.

Soler was not daunted and even attacked 6 km from the finish line. Two minutes later he was hit by the group, which in turn caught the escaped Cort. The attacks followed one another in the front group and in the penultimate km Geraint Thomas was left alone with Michael Woods.

The Canadian sprinted 150 meters from the banner to conquer the queen stage and Thomas caught the hurdles and suffered a fall that allowed Australian Ben O’Connor to take second place to the detriment of the British.

The Vuelta a Romanda ends this Sunday in Freiburg with an individual time trial over a 16.2 km course that includes a tough 800-meter ramp with a 13 percent incline.

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