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27 April 2023

Tour de Romandie: Ethan Hayter’s Stage Two Triumph with Explosive Sprint Finish

At the Tour de Romandie, British cyclist Ethan Hayter showcased his prowess with a sprint finish, securing a win in the second stage at La-Chaux-de-Fonds.

Hayter Seizes the Yellow Jersey

Joining Ineos Grenadiers, Hayter seized the coveted yellow jersey from fellow Brit Ethan Vernon, who fell behind during the final ascent of the 162.7km course on Thursday. With fierce competitors like Juan Ayuso and Romain Bardet trailing behind, Hayter managed to cross the finish line first, while British rider Oscar Onley claimed fifth place.

Currently, the 24-year-old cyclist holds a six-second lead over Norway’s Tobias Foss. Hayter shared his confidence in his climbing abilities, stating, “I was climbing quite well yesterday. I was quietly confident in making it to the finish. Maybe the sprint wasn’t so close, but to get there was the hard part.”

Hayter’s Path to Victory

Throughout the race, Hayter remained with the main group, successfully navigating the day’s five ascents. He was later guided by former Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and Jhonatan Narvaez in a well-executed lead-out. This marks Hayter’s second victory this season, following his win at the Tour of the Basque Country’s opening stage earlier in April.

Anticipating Stage Three and Beyond

Stage three of the competition involves a challenging 19km climbing time trial set in Chatel-Saint-Denis. With the five-stage race drawing to a close in Geneva on Sunday, all eyes are on the cyclists as they vie for victory.

Stage Two Results
  1. Ethan Hayter (GB/INEOS Grenadiers) 3hrs 55mins 20secs
  2. Juan Ayuso (Spa/UAE Team Emirates) Same time
  3. Romain Bardet (Fra/Team DSM)
  4. Matteo Sobrero (Ita/Team Jayco-AlUla)
  5. Oscar Onley (GB/Team DSM)
General Classification After Stage Two
  1. Ethan Hayter (GB/INEOS Grenadiers) 8hrs 8mins 14secs
  2. Tobias Foss (Nor/Jumbo-Visma) +6secs
  3. Rémi Cavagna (Fra/Soudal-Quick-Step) Same time
  4. Juan Ayuso (Spa/UAE Team Emirates) +11secs
  5. Matteo Sobrero (Ita/Team Jayco-AlUla) +14secs

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