- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 2 May 2009
The closing 150-kilometer stage did not shake up the final classification at all. Roman crossed the finish line in Geneva with the same time as the Spanish winner Freire who won the bunch sprint. he kept his lead of 18 seconds ahead of Russian Karpec which built up on Saturday.
"I am really happy. The team started to control the race right from the beginning. Around halfway through the stage the Rabobank began to prepare the position for Freire which suited us well. Freire triumphed in the sprint but we had the only goal: keep my leading. I have to thank to everybody. The team did perfectly its job and I am glad to prove the position of a leader for this race. The victory is great encouragement for anyone. We have done great job throughout this spring but hardly anyone has won. Now thanks to Basso we managed to succeed in the Trentino and I was able to win the Romandie Tour which is terrific ahead of the Giro and the Tour, "Roman revealed from Switzerland.
Stage Four Review
This was Krueziger’s first win of the 2009 season. Krueziger battled the weather and three Cat. 1 and the other a cat 2 climbs to win the stage ahead of Rein Taaramae (Cofides) and Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) collecting the yellow jersey in the process.
"That is the win I have been waiting for a long time and I am really excited about it. The whole team did great job in the finish. My teammate Szmyd was pulling on his limit and with 3km to go I hit the gas. I knew that I had to attack there. I was on my own at the peak and then Karpec with Taaramae joined me. After that, Karpec created a gap with 1km to go, so I hit the front once again and it was only the Estonian who was able to get on my wheel. But then I believed that I would not let him steal a march on me" said Roman who was very tired after the stage."You know, ceremony, decorating of the yellow jersey and the white jersey for the best young rider, doping control, press conference" he revealed.
In the general classification after Stage 4 he was 18 seconds ahead of Karpec. "It is not going to be easy, there is one climb and I expect that they will be trying to throw me down from first position. Yet our team is strong enough to protect it" Roman proclaimed before the stage.
Results of the 4th stage
Estavayer le Lac – Sainte Croix (158 km):
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 04:11:44
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
3 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0.07
4 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Fuji-Servetto 0.17
5 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi 0.45
6 R?my Di Gregorio (Fra) Fran?aise Des Jeux 0.51
7 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
8 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
9 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
Results of the 5th stage (150.5 km):
1. Oscar Freire (Sp./Rabobank) 3:29:49,
2. Tyler Farrar (USA/Garmin-Slipstream),
3. Koldo Fernandez (Sp./Euskaltel-Euskadi),
4. Philippe Gilbert (Bel./Lotto),
5. Nico Sijmens (Bel./Cofidis), …
1. Roman Kreuziger 14:20:13,
2. Vladimir Karpec (Rus./Katusha) +18,
3. Rein Taaramae (Est./Cofidis) +25,
4. Alejandro Valverde (Sp./Caisse d?Epargne) +46,
5. Rigoberto Uran (Kol./Caisse d?Epargne) +48,
6. Lars Bak (Den./Saxo Bank) +1:01,
7. Cadel Evans (Austr./Lotto) +1:07,
8. Tony Martin (Ger./Columbia-Highroad), …
9. Akoff Fredrik (SUE) FUJI – SERVETTO +01’16"
10. Siutsou Kanstantsin (BLR) TEAM COLUMBIA – HIGH ROAD