• Sky's Elia Viviani is one of the most versatile riders in cycling. (Getty)Source: Getty
Elia Viviani has claimed his biggest win since taking Olympic gold on the track, winning a stage at the Tour de Romandie.
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29 Apr 2017 - 7:02 AM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2017 - 7:19 AM

Viviani led an Italian 1-2 finish ahead of Sonny Colbrelli after the 187km stage in and around Payerne. Michael Schwarzmann (BORA-hansgrohe)  was third with Australia's Alexander Edmondson (Orica-Scott) fourth.

“I’m really happy and I need to thank the whole team, Viviani said. "It’s exciting to have Froomey doing a lead-out with one kilometre to go. It’s not normal, but when you are in a team like ours, it’s amazing when the whole team work for you and believe in you.

“It’s been a long time since I last won, dating back to De Panne last season, over a year ago. That’s not easy for a sprinter! And this year after six second places, finally here in Romandie I got this big win.

"Froomey didn’t want to lose any time on the stage but he said he was quite happy to do a lead-out for me.”

Fabio Felline, retained the overall lead for a third straight day as the top of the standings but that could change on Stage 4 in the mountains on the 163km route to the ski resort of Leysin.

The six-day Romandie race ends Sunday with an individual time trial to Lausanne.