April 24, 2012

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Geraint Thomas of Britain raced through the rain to win the prologue of the six-day Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.

Thomas, a reigning Olympic and world champion in team pursuit on the track, clocked 3 minutes, 29.43 seconds over the 2-mile course in Lausanne.

Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo, of the RadioShack-Nissan team, was almost 5 seconds slower in second.

Mark Cavendish of Britain was third, trailing his Team Sky colleague Thomas by six seconds.

Pre-race favorite Bradley Wiggins, another British Sky rider, was nine seconds back in 11th place.

Cadel Evans of Australia began the defense of his Romandie title 20 seconds back in 80th. he race ends Sunday.

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