LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Richie Porte won the six-day Tour of Romandie with a strong ride in the final time-trial stage on Sunday. Setting off 19 seconds behind overnight leader Simon Yates, Australia's Porte posted the second-fastest time over 18 kilometers (11 miles) of cobbles and roads in Lausanne to have a 21-second overall winning margin. Britain's Yates hung on as overall runner-up, five seconds ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who won the time trial. Roglic clocked 24 minutes, 58 seconds and was eight seconds ahead of Porte. Tejay van Garderen of the United States was third fastest, trailing Roglic by 34 seconds. Porte added the Romandie title to his Tour Down Under victory on home
Astana will race with just eight riders at the Giro d'Italia to honour the memory of Michele Scarponi. "Michele should have been our leader for the Giro and for this reason we have decided not to substitute Michele in the line-up for the race, leaving his race number free," general manager Alexander Vinokourov said in quotes reported by Cycling News.
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