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Jon Izagirre wins Tour of Romandie prologue in rain, cold

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LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland (AP) Jon Izagirre of Spain won a chilly, rain-swept prologue of the six-day Tour of Romandie on Tuesday.

Izagirre was six seconds faster than Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands on a 3.95-kilometer (2.5-mile) route around the watch-making town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Former road race world champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland was third, trailing seven seconds behind Movistar rider Izagirre.

Romandie has been a good guide to the Tour de France in recent years with Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Cadel Evans all winning here before taking the sport's biggest prize in July.

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Froome trailed 26 seconds behind Izagirre, and around 10 behind Nairo Quintana of Colombia.

Izagirre will defend the leader's yellow jersey Wednesday on a 169-kilometer (105-mile) ride favoring sprinters from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Moudon.