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Froome defends Tour of Romandie title

ESPN staff
May 4, 2014
Chris Froome held on in Neuchatel to defend his title © Getty Images

Chris Froome successfully defended his Tour de Romandie title on Sunday after he won the final stage in Switzerland.

Froome made it three wins in the same amount of years for Team Sky as he blitzed 18.5km concluding time trial around Neuchatel to finish 28 seconds ahead of Katusha's Simon Spilak.

The Brit won the event in 2013 before going on to claim Tour de France victory, as Sir Bradley Wiggins had done a year prior to Froome.

Brits double up in Turkey

  • Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory in the final stage of the Tour of Turkey as Adam Yates became the first Brit to win the event in its 50th edition.
  • Yates extended his lead over Rein Taaramae by five seconds in the final 121km route around Istanbul, as Cavendish pipped Elia Viviani and Andrea Guardini to claim his fourth stage win in the eight-day race.
  • "We're ahead of where we wanted to be at this time of year," Cavendish told BBC Sport.

Froome held a one-second advantage over world time trial champion Tony Martin at the top of the course's only climb but held on to claim victory by the same margin.

"It was extremely hard and a really tough circuit, but the climb was good for me in the time trial today," Froome told Team Sky.

"With one second to try and gain on Simon Spilak, it was really difficult because he was really strong two days ago in the mountains and I wasn't sure what was going to happen today.

"It was a really good test for me and I am just really happy to have got the result and be back in a yellow jersey again. It's a really good feeling.

"This has been a really hard period for me recently. I have had a chest infection and I have had problems with my back this season, so it hasn't been very easy. I have worked really hard to get back to this kind of condition. I just hope that I can continue to build towards the Tour de France.

"This year was a bit of a different race. We didn't have any hilltop finishes, so it did make the race a bit different, but I am really happy to have been able to defend the title."

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