Gloag demonstrates good shape in queen stage Tour de Romandie
Tom Gloag has put in a strong performance in the fourth stage of the Tour de Romandie. The 21-year-old Briton finished tenth in the mountain stage to the ski town of Thyon 2000 after the sick Tobias Foss and Robert Gesink left the race.
Team Jumbo-Visma lost two riders early in the day. Foss, third overall, and Gesink woke up with minor health problems and decided to leave the stage race with an eye on the Giro d'Italia.
On the queen stage, the peloton had to tackle several climbs. The highlight was the climb to Thyon 2000, which had to be climbed for the first time in a long time. Halfway up the 22-kilometre climb, Steven Kruijswijk and Gloag had to let go of the lead group, but Gloag refused to give up. The Briton rode up at his own pace and eventually crossed the line in tenth place. He is also eleventh in the general classification.
"Tom did very well today", sports director Merijn Zeeman said. "When the pace picked up on the final climb, the group of favourites split into two. Tom chose his own pace and caught a lot of riders in the last eight kilometres. He gave it his all and crossed the line exhausted. Tenth place is a great result for a first-year pro.”