Cycling: Chris Froome wins Tour de Romandie


Britain's Chris Froome won the Tour de Romandie for the first time in his career after finishing third in the final stage. The 27-year-old rider, expected to be Team Sky's lead rider in this year's Tour de France, has also won the Tour of Oman and Criterium International this season. Before the final day's time trial Froome had a 47-second lead and managed to extend it to 54 seconds, with Simon Spilak finishing second overall and Rui Costa third. World time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany won the final stage.

The last two winners of the Tour de Romandie, Australian Cadel Evans and Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins, have both gone on to win the Tour de France in the same year. "It's definitely a good omen but the Tour is still two months away and I need to do a lot of hard training," said Froome, who was runner-up to Team Sky team-mate Wiggins in the Tour last year. "I'm really happy with my condition now. It's just been a really, really good week for us." The overall top 5 was completed by Tom Danielson, who finished fourth, and Wilco Kelderman, a surprise fifth.

The first major stage race of the season will start this Saturday, May 4th: the Giro d'Italia. 23 teams will battle it out until May 26, with Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins being the big favourite to win the race for the first time in his career. Here are the outright odds at Bet365:

Bradley Wiggins - 1/1
Vincenzo Nibali - 2/1
Ryder Hesjedal - 9/1
Samuel Sanchez - 12/1
Cadel Evans - 28/1

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