Froome extends lead at Romandie; Spilak wins stage

Updated: April 27, 2013, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

LES DIABLERETS, Switzerland -- Chris Froome of Britain extended his Tour de Romandie lead Saturday, powering up a rain-hit final climb in the main mountain stage to finish on the wheel of winner Simon Spilak.

The Slovak covered the snow-shortened 115-mile route to Les Diablerets ski station in 5 hours, 10 minutes. Froome clocked the same time in the next-to-last stage.

Rui Costa of Portugal led the chasing group, finishing 1:03 behind.

Froome leads Spilak by 47 seconds overall. Costa is third, trailing the Sky team leader by 1:21.

Snow forced organizers to cut a scheduled second climb of Col de la Croix from the stage, with the switch creating an uphill route to the finish.

The final stage Sunday is an 11-mile time trial on lakeside roads in Geneva.


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