Astana Team came to Switzerland with some ambitions both, to fight for a strong result in the general classification and to try to win a stage. But today in a day of prologue with all their thoughts Astana riders were in Italy, in Filottrano, where was held the funeral of Michele Scarponi.
- Of course, mentally we all are there, in Italy, together with our teammates, who came in Filittrano to bid farewell to Michele. It is very hard to live these moments. So, for us it was a day of sorrow. What why it was difficult for the riders to get a full concentration on the prologue. Anyway, it was just a short prologue and in general Pello Bilbao and Tanel Kangert were not bad. The main fight is still ahead. We came here at the Tour de Romandie to fight for a strong result, of course, for Michele, - said sports director Bruno Cenghialta.
The winner of the prologue became Italian rider Fabio Felline, who stopped the clock at 5 minutes and 57 seconds. Pello Bilbao is 20 seconds behind the winner, Tanel Kangert is in 29 seconds behind.
Tomorrow will be held the first mountain stage with a first category climb at the finish. The distance of the race will be of 173,3 km.