Tour de Romandie 2014: preview

Defending champion Chris Froome returns to action with Team Sky

Michal Kwaitkowski is one of the WorldTour peloton’s form riders after rounding off his Ardennes Classics campaign with two podium places, following second overall in the Basque Country. If the Pole still has the form he will likely feature at the sharp end again, particular given his time-trialling ability, but Omega Pharma-Quickstep have revealed the 23-year-old will ride without pressure in Romandie as they assess where he is at after the Spring Classics before he takes a rest.

Michal Kwiatkowski celebrates his second consecutive podium in this year’s Ardennes Classics pic: ©Sirotti

As a result, it may open the door for Rigoberto Uran – bidding to prove he has overcome a recent gastro illness ahead of the Giro d’Italia – or even Tony Martin. The world time trial champion is certainly favourite for the final stage but he has proved with some phenomenal rides in support of Kwiatkowski and co. that he also has what it takes over the climbs. Stage three may be just too steep for the German, but come through that and his ability against the clock will mark him as favourite to snatch the overall title on the final day. At the very least, if he continues the form he has been in, he is more than capable of helping a team-mate onto the podium.

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