Romandie 1: Albasini takes the lead

Stage win to Maxim Iglinsky in Saignelégier

Kazakhstan's Maxim Iglinsky of Team Astana won the first stage of the Tour de Romandie, out-sprinting Switzerland's Michael Albasini of Liquigas and Markus Zberg of Gerolsteiner. 

The stage, which led over three categorised climbs, was marked by a long escape group by Patxi Vila (Lampre), Morris Possoni (High Road) and Matti Breschel (Team CSC), but the category one climb Le Gruyere with 20 kilometres to go was too much for them.

Albasini, who had finished third in the prologue, took over the leader's jersey with a one-second advantage over Iglinsky.

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