Britain’s Chris Froome wins Tour of Romandie



GENEVA (AP) — Chris Froome of Britain completed a start-to-finish victory in the Tour of Romandie on Sunday, enhancing his status as the Tour de France favorite.

Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans, the previous two Romandie champions, went on to win the Tour de France.

Froome placed third in the closing time trial won by Germany’s Tony Martin and extended his advantage over Slovakia’s Simon Spilak in the overall standings.

The Sky team leader was seven seconds faster than Spilak on the 11.6-mile route on lakeside roads in Geneva. He won the six-day race by 54 seconds. His total time was 19 hours, 24 minutes, 51 seconds.

Martin finished in 21 minutes, 7 seconds on Sunday, with Italy’s Adriano Malori 16 seconds back. Froome trailed Martin by 34 seconds and Spilak placed fifth.