Ion Izagirre has shown again why he's considered one of Spain's biggest talents in cycling by claiming a convincing win in the 2016 Tour de Romandie prologue, a 3.95km up-and-down course in La Chaux-de-Fonds with a tricky descent, some serious ramps and unmerciful weather. The 27-year-old Basque allrounder managed like no other into that situation, with a sensational descent following his 2nd quickest time through the intermediate point at the Côte de la Route de la Montagne -only beaten by Belgian youngster Louis Vervaeke (LTS)- that turned into an impressive 5'33", out of reach for all his rivals. Tom Dumoulin (TGA) was the nearest contender at 6", with Michael Kwiatkowski (SKY) rounding off the podium at 7”.

The fantastic opening day for the squad directed by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía was complete with four of its members into the day's top 20: Gorka Izagirre was 5º; Andrey Amador came in 13th spot at the beginning of his last pre-Giro contest and Nairo Quintana, 4th over the intermediate, still managed to claim the 18th place despite going as safe as he could through the wet downhill. The Blues' solidness will be at stake from tomorrow's 167km trek towards Moudon -three categorized climbs on the route-, in a race with almost no respite for the GC guys.