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Tour de Romandie 2019 Stage Prologue

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Jan Tratnik claimed the first WorldTour race of his career on Tuesday when the Slovenian rider won the Tour de Romandie prologue ahead of compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), while Tom Bohli (UAE-Team Emirates) completed the podium.

The Bahrain-Merida rider powered his way around the short, but technical, 3.87-kilometer course in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 5:06, one second faster than Roglic with Swiss rider Bohli trailing the Jumbo-Visma team leader by the slightest of margin

“For sure I have surprised myself but I still believed on that sort of parcours like today I can do a really good result. I just focused on the road and tried to do everything at 100 percent and here, today, I have won the prologue so it is nice,” Tratnik said.

“It’s my first WorldTour win so for sure it’s a really special win. Normally every time Primoz beats me. We’re really good friends but today I beat him so it’s a nice feeling.”

Meanwhile, Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas (Ineos), finished in fifth spot, four seconds behind Tratnik, sandwiched between four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) and Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin).

Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal), who set a new world hour record in Mexico earlier this month, endured a disappointing day and the Belgian finished in last place, 1:03 off the pace.

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