Tour de Romandie 2014: preview

Defending champion Chris Froome returns to action with Team Sky

Chris Froome (Team Sky) rides alongside chief lieutenant Richie Porte for the first time this season when he bids to replicate last year’s Tour de Romandie success in Switzerland.

The 68th edition of the race rolls out on Tuesday (April 29) with a prologue in Ascona, followed by four road stages and individual time trial to conclude.

Chris Froome and Richie Porte race together for the first time this season at the Tour de Romandie (pic: Sirotti)

Froome led from start to finish last time out, but after missing Liege-Bastogne-Liege with a chest infection faces stiff competition to defend his title this year.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep’s in-form Michal Kwiatkowski is among the riders set for the race, while Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff-Saxo) is one of many bidding for form ahead of the Giro d’Italia.

Read our in-depth preview of the route and all the leading contenders over the following pages.

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