British cycling star Bradley Wiggins donned the overall leader's yellow jersey here on Wednesday after winning the first stage of the Tour of Romandie, a 184.5km ride from Morges to here.
The 31-year-old winner of the Paris-Nice stage race earlier this season - resisted a late attack by Lieuwe Westra and Paolo Tiralongo to take the stage in a sprint finish and give his Sky team their second win in as many days after Geraint Thomas won the prologue.
Wiggins, whose main target is this year's Tour de France title, was followed home in close attendance by Australia's defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, who is seen as his main rival for this title.
It is expected to go down to the wire in Sunday's time-trial.
Wiggins's Sky team-mates Thomas and Mark Cavendish fared less well with the former dropped on a climb up Haut de la Cote while sprint ace Cavendish also had his energy sapped by the climb and left it to Wiggins to contest the final sprint.
Thursday's stage leaves from Montbeliard in France and is a 149.1km ride to Moutier in Switzerland which takes in among other challenges the 834m climb of La Caquerelle which will also be in this year's eighth stage of the Tour de France.
Source: AFP Global Edition