Nairo Quintana benefited from a relegation to lead the Tour de Romandie after the second stage. 

The Movistar rider won the stage in Morgins after defending champion Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) was stripped of victory at the conclusion of a sprint finish between the pair, for moving off his line.

They finished 26 seconds ahead of a group headed by Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), with Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) also clocking the same time.

Quintana took over the leader's jersey from team-mate Ion Izagirre and goes into Friday's 15.1km individual time trial around Sion with an 18-second advantage over Zakarin.

"The team spent the whole day at the front, just like they did yesterday - all of them were fabulous," Quintana said. "

"Heading into the climbs everything felt OK for me; I knew I had a chance to attack and go for the win and some big gaps if I moved near the foot; the rivals here could scare anyone, but I still wanted to try it - and that move was a big success. Obviously, Zakarin proved to be strong, seeing how he reached me down into the ascent.

"We two kept taking turns to build the gap and keep strong before the sprint. There, he made a maneuver the judges considered it wasn't to be allowed, and they relegated him. Zakarin surely would have bested me otherwise, but that move made the jury to take action. I'll try to defend this jersey tomorrow with a good TT."

Friday 29 Apr 2016

"Of course I am sad and disappointed with this decision. I think the decision was wrong. But all I can do now is just be better tomorrow. This situation makes me mad and gives me motivation for tomorrow’s stage – I think I can do a good ITT. I hope tomorrow I can answer what has happened today with the bike,"  Ilnur Zakarin said.