Kwiatkowski wins Tour of Romandie prologue

Updated: April 29, 2014, 12:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ASCONA, Switzerland -- Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland carried over his one-day classics form to win the prologue of the Tour of Romandie on Tuesday.

The Polish rider, who placed third at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Walloon Arrow last week, clocked 6 minutes, 22 seconds for the 5.6-kilometer (3.5-mile) course near the Switzerland-Italy border.

Rohan Dennis of Australia trailed Kwiatkowski by four seconds. Third-place Marcel Kittel of Germany had the same time.

The 23-year-old Kwiatkowski told Swiss broadcaster RTS "that's the first stage win in a World Tour race for me."

Defending champion Chris Froome of Britain was 13th-fastest, trailing by 10 seconds.

The winner of the six-day Romandie race has won the Tour de France for the past three years.

The second stage Wednesday is a 203-kilometer (126.1-mile) ride from Ascona to Sion.


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