[su_quote cite=Cyril Dessel]
Cyril Dessel: "United around Ben O'Connor
"We are approaching the Tour de Romandie with ambition, united around our leader Ben O'Connor who has shown us some great things since the beginning of the season.
Following on from his fourth place in the 2022 Tour de France, he is capable of racing with the best and this week will be used to continue to refine his condition and his automatisms in this role.
The Tour de Romandie has a particular configuration, a crossroads between the riders who will be at the Giro and those who are "at the end of their cycle" after the beginning of the season. It's a short event, with a prologue and a time trial that Ben was able to pull off last year.
He will be well supported by men like Geoffrey Bouchard, Larry Warbasse, Nans Peters or Bob Jungels, who are capable of accompanying him in the mountains.
We regret the injury to Clément Champoussin, who would have certainly been at ease."[/su_quote]
Ben O'Connor finished in sixth place overall at the 2021 Tour de Romandie.
News from Clément Champoussin and Clément Berthet
Clément Champoussin suffered a non-displaced fracture of the lower end of his right radius on Wednesday during the third stage of the Tour of the Alps. He will undergo further tests in a few days to determine the length of his absence.
He will be replaced by Lawrence Naesen for the Tour de Romandie.
Clément Berthet fractured his left collarbone during the 4th stage of the Tour of the Alps. Further tests will determine if surgery is necessary.