Robert finished 11th today in the fifth stage of the Tour de Romandie. The 28-year old Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider said he was content with his result after the Queen Stage.
“This feels like a magnificent performance to me,” said Gesink, who is riding his first stage race since the Volta ao Algarve in February.
“I’m glad with my level at the moment. I am still missing some power, which I noticed at the foot of the final climb when the tempo was upped, but I’m strong and my endurance is fine. I gave all I had, which enabled me to pick up a lot of riders on my way to the top. “
This was a serious test in a strong field of riders and it went well. At this moment, there’s no shame for me in losing about a minute to the winner.”
That was Thibaut Pinot. The Frenchman of FDJ was the strongest on the Champex-Lax climb, after the two escapees of the day, Maxim Belkov (Katusha) and Bryan Naulleau (Europcar), were caught. Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha is the new overall leader.