Due to the bad weather conditions – the rain was pouring down from the sky – the start was brought forward by two hours and three kilometers from the last descent was neutralized by the organization. However, these interventions did not have much influence on the course of the journey.
As expected, the decision fell on the 20.7 kilometer long final climb. In that climb, with an average increase of 7.6 percent, Woods and Thomas jumped away and caught up with early breakers Magnus Cort Nielsen and Simone Petilli with four kilometers to the finish.
Fame then beckoned for Thomas, until his unfortunate crash.
The six-day stage race in Romandie ends on Sunday with an individual, hilly ride against the clock of more than 16 kilometers.
Marc Soler, who still started in the leader’s jersey on Saturday, is now fourth in the general classification, more than half a minute behind. The best Dutchman is Wilco Kelderman, he is at 1 minute and 58 seconds. Thymen Arensman closely follows him with an extra five seconds.
View the results of the fifth stage of the Tour de Romandie and the general classification below.