Australian cyclist notches Tour of Romandie win

Australia's Michael Matthews has won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue for his first victory of the season.

Matthews was one second faster than Tom Bohli of Switzerland on the 4km route around Fribourg with Slovenia's Primoz Roglic third.

Australian defending champion Richie Porte, riding for BMC, finished 18th.

After a stellar 2017, when he won two Tour de France stages and the green jersey as most consistent finisher, Matthews had a low-key European spring season.

The Team Sunweb rider told Swiss broadcaster RTS it was a "massive relief" to get his first win.

"I gave it my best and it was enough to get the win," said Matthews.

"It was a really beautiful course. In the recon I thought it was a maybe a little bit sketchy, but it was fine – I had a lot of fun out there today."

The six-day race through Switzerland's French-speaking region continues on Wednesday with a 166-km ride from Fribourg to Delemont, which includes three category-two climbs.


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