Juan Ayuso is excited about his return to competition in Romandie

Seven months of uncertainty, a whole journey in the desert. But they say that good things are made to wait. And what if it was… Juan Ayuso started his 2023 season after 226 days away from the competition, after making history in the last Tour of Spain, when he was third at the age of 19. A Achilles tendonitis It was to blame that the Spaniard was the only World Tour rider who had not yet made his debut this year, a drought that ended today with the dispute of the prologue of the Tour of Romandie. The performance, practically unbeatable, since the one from Jávea comes out of this first contact with the competition as the best of the men of the general.

All this, in a completely flat 6.8 km time trial that was far from ideal for its characteristics. Juan, with impeccable posture, rolled to a average of 53.7 km/h to stop the clock in 7:37, which earned him 13th of the day (tied in time with six other cyclists). There is a world left, but the differences that the Spanish already has in his pocket with respect to the rest of the ‘capos’ are interesting: 4″ over Bardet, 6″ over Caruso, 7″ with Jorgenson and Adam Yates, 8″ with Simon, 10″ over Mäder, 14″ over Higuita and Bernal… The most significant, over Lutsenko (23″) and Woods ( 36″). An advantage that makes you dream for what is to come.

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The winner and first leader of the Swiss round is Josef Cerný, Czech Quick-Step runner who spent a good part of the day in the famous ‘hot seat’. Before, the Portuguese Ivo Oliveira set the first great reference record with those 7:34, which even allowed him to double Leemreize. After, Nico Denz stopped the clock in 7:29 despite his chain coming off in the final meters, a mishap that could determine the winner… Since without those seconds of loss, the man from Bora could have improved to some Cerný, Tobias Foss and Rémi Cavagna who beat him by a breath. Finally, the Czech savored success by 1 second over the Norwegian and his French teammate. This Wednesday, the first online stage with a medium-mountain route that can lead to a reduced sprint at the finish line. Will Ayuso come out as leader?

General of the 76th Tour of Romandie

1st Josef Cerny (Quick-Step) – 7:25

2nd Tobias Foss (Jumbo) – at 1″

3rd Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step) – mt

13th Juan Ayuso (UAE) – 12″

14th Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos) – mt

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