Marcel Kittel won the second stage of racing in the Tour de Romandie after the course was shortened because of inclement weather.

Jon Izagirre (Movistar), who won the prologue, kept his overall lead after a second-category climb and 60km of the course were removed 

Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) finished a wheel's length ahead of Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo). They reeled in a late move by Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEDGE), who placed third.

Izagirre retained his six-second lead over Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Team Sky's Geraint Thomas.

“I am very happy for getting this win, but also for having good legs today and staying with the peloton when Movistar and Orica-GreenEDGE began to ride hard on the climb," Kittel said.

"The team was with me there and helped me find my rhythm. Then, in the final kilometers, I had four guys with me, and although it isn’t my regular team for the sprints, the guys did a fantastic job for which I can only thank them.

"Albasini attacked with 400 meters left and I decided to go immediately and overtook him; then, after noticing Bonifazio came from behind, I sprinted to the line and got this victory which gives me a lot of confidence for the Giro d’Italia."

Thursday 28 Apr 2016