News | Tour de Romandie • April 29, 2019
Rui Costa leads UAE Team Emirates in the Tour de Romandie
For Consonni, a couple of sprint opportunities
On the heels of the Ardennes Classics, the WorldTour offers another important appointment: the Tour de Romandie with its six stages scheduled from April 30th to May 5th.
Simone Pedrazzini (Swi) and Bruno Vicino (Ita) will direct the team’s roster:
– Tom Bohli (Swi)
– Simone Consonni (Ita)
– Rui Costa (Por)
– Manuele Mori (Ita)
– Simone Petilli (Ita)
– Edward Ravasi (Ita)
– Aleksandr Riabushenko (Blr)
After a prologue of 3.9km in Neuchatel, the sprinters will have two consecutive opportunities, before leaving space for the climbers in the 3rd stage to Romont and the 4th stage to Torgon.
A 16.8km time trial in Geneva is on the programme to close the Swiss stage race.
“The Tour de Romandie is a race that I always liked, also for its spot on the calendar at the end of the Ardennes Classics,” explained Rui Costa. “I climbed on the lowest step of the podium three times, taking advantage of my good form after racing in Belgium and the Netherlands. I hope to take a similar approach again this year, coming out of the Ardennes Classics and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in good shape, despite having suffered the cold weather on Sunday in the Doyenne. Looking at the overall, you have to consider this year the two time trials, suited to specialist. They will impact the results”.