Tour of Romandie 2022, Presentation of the route and favorites Second stage: Echallens – Echallens (168.2 km)



The Tour of Romandie 2022 continues with another fairly lively fraction. Also in the second stage in line, which will start and end at Echallens, the ups and downs will not fail to accompany the riders along the 168.2 kilometers scheduled, but despite this there is a good chance that this day will end with a sprint with more or less compact ranks. Even if there will be very little flatland, in fact, none of the climbs faced will be particularly challenging, with the total altitude difference that will just exceed 2500 meters, making this stage the simplest of the entire week (time trial excluded). However, the possibility that the fugitives manage to resist the pursuit of the group cannot be ruled out, just as the possibility of a coup in the final by some finisseur cannot be ruled out.

DEPARTURE TIME: 13:15
ARRIVAL TIME (EXPECTED): 17: 14-17: 32
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OFFICIAL HASHTAG: # TDR2022

Second Stage Route Tour of Romandie 2022

We will therefore start from Echallensand having covered an initial stretch of about ten kilometers, the group will enter the first circuit of the day, about 50 kilometers long, which will propose an intermediate sprint at Thierrens and several ups and downs, but no really demanding ascent, with the uphill stretches towards Bercher and towards Vuarrens constituting the main obstacles of this first part. Having crossed the finish line for the first time, a second ring of about sixty kilometers will begin, characterized by the only GPM of this stage, that of La Praz (6.7 km at 4.6%, max. 10%), which will not have particularly hard slopes and which will cross the hill exactly in the middle of the track.

After the descent, you will then return to Echallens first facing a short uphill stretch towards Le Coudray, then passing for the second time on the finish line 55 kilometers from the end. At this point, the circuit already covered at the beginning of the stage will be covered again, which will once again propose an intermediate sprint at Thierrens and the two simple ascents towards Bercher and towards Vuarrens, along which attacks could occur to try to anticipate the sprint. The last 8000 meters towards the finish line in Echallensin fact, they will be substantially flat, with a long final straight that could allow the teams of fast men to reassemble any forwards and organize the sprint.

Favorites Second Stage Tour of Romandie 2022

Another uncertain stage, the second leg in the line of this Giro di Romandie 2022. A sprint finish would seem to be the most probable ending, but the riders will still have to face 2500 meters in altitude. Searching in the group you can find the name of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), the only pure sprinter present in the Swiss stage race, but the 27-year-old has just returned from a long stop, and if he wants to try to play his cards he will have to fight from the first to the last kilometer because the path is all ‘anything but easy.

We don’t know how UAE Team Emirates will move; could try to put the race to sleep by giving space to escape and then come back under at a regular pace in order to preserve the legs of the Colombian sprinter, but at the same time it is likely that the chosen ones for tomorrow’s arrival are once again Brandon McNulty And Marc Hirschi. Having two riders in such good shape doesn’t happen often, and if the other teams attack, they’ll be happy to move ahead.

The underdogs for this stage probably go to Quinten Hermans. The Belgian finished fifth in the first stage, and we must not forget that at Liège – Bastogne – Liège he ruled the chasing squad of Evenepoel, finishing in second position. The quick start is there, the undulating path as well. Behind the Intermarché runner – Wanty – Gobert we can also insert Dylan Teuns, which in this period is hungry for victories. Today’s success is a masterpiece of timing, the Bahrain rider Victorious did the calculations down to the millimeter and could do it again in Echallens. Surely it would need some more altitude difficulties, but the runners do the race.

With fewer expectations and a lot of bitterness, he might try Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), who if he hadn’t crashed in the final of the first stage would have been the natural favorite of this day. The television images showed him a bit worn out by the fall, and his condition will have to be evaluated starting from awakening. In the event that the blows were too many, the Ineos Grenadiers could play the card Magnus Sheffield. The American won the Brabant Arrow, today he worked for the team with great legs which, if enabled to aim for success, could pay off. He is young and therefore part in the pinch behind in the hierarchies, but Ethan Vernon is the jewel of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl house. The quick start is tempting and the elevation profile as well: tomorrow could be the big day for him to hit the second victory among the professionals.

Even Groupama – FDJ could have a very suitable rider for tomorrow’s stage: the thirty year old Quentin Pacher it is certainly not a high-sounding name within the group, but a careful eye will remember that, in the terrible sprint in which Sonny Colbrelli was seized by an illness, he was third. In the Vuelta a Andalucia he then finished again, while the Ardennes classics were perhaps a bit too hard, but tomorrow there won’t be all those walls waiting for him. Israel – Premier Tech could try to hit the spot with Patrick Bevinhis hottest runner of the moment, while Michael Woods he could wait for the next stages, certainly tougher and more suitable for profiles like yours.

Going back to fast wheels for a moment, we can imagine ourselves Dion Smith (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) sprint at the finish line in Echallens. The New Zealander did well in Italy between Per Semper Alfredo and Week Coppi and Bartali, and the course could adapt to his characteristics. Another fast wheel, which this year has never shone yet, is that of Nikias Arndt. The rider of the DSM Team, who in 2016 won the last stage of the Giro d’Italia, here in Switzerland is a bit of an unknown, but it must be mentioned as well as the Spaniards Jon Aberasturi (Trek – Segafredo) e Francisco Galvan (Equipo Kern Pharma), two other riders with a good start.

Among the possible outsiders, hidden and always ready to place the shot, runners such as Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R – Citroen), Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Mikkel Honoré (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Toms Skujins (Trek – Segafredo) e Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost).

Borsino dei Favorites Second Leg Tour of Romandie 2022

***** Quinten Hermans
**** Marc Hirschi, Ethan Vernon
*** Ethan Hayter, Patrick Bevin, Dion Smith
** Magnus Sheffield, Dylan Teuns, Fernando Gaviria, Quentin Pacher
* Jon Aberasturi, Nikias Arndt, Francisco Galvan, Brandon McNulty, Rudy Molard

Weather Forecast Second Leg Tour of Romandie 2022

Sunny. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Relative humidity: 58%. Wind direction SW up to 13 km / h. Expected temperature: minimum 11 ° C, maximum 14 ° C.

Major pitfalls Second Stage Tour of Romandie 2022

While not excessively demanding, the stage will still be quite undulating, with a continuous ups and downs that will give the riders little respite and which could make it difficult for a team to keep the race closed and lead the group to the sprint. The two short ascents in the last twenty kilometers will constitute the main pitfalls for the fast wheels and their teams, who could see a group of attackers leave on these uphill stretches and who, consequently, should work hard to close up. of them, thus spending precious energies.

Altimetry and Planimetry of the Second Stage of the Tour of Romandie 2022

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