Chris Froome wins Tour de Romandie for Team Sky

Chris Froome

Britain's Chris Froome won the Tour de Romandie for the first time after finishing third in the final stage.

The 27-year-old, expected to be Team Sky's lead rider in the Tour de France, has also won the Tour of Oman and Criterium International this season.

He began the final day's time trial with a 47-second lead and extended that to 54 seconds, with Simon Spilak second and Rui Costa third.

World time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany won the final stage.

The last two winners of the event, Australian Cadel Evans and Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins, have both gone on to win the Tour de France in the same year.

"It's definitely a good omen but the Tour is still two months away and I need to do a lot of hard training," said Froome, runner-up to Team Sky team-mate Wiggins in the Tour last year.

Froome, who led the event from start to finish, added: "I'm really happy with my condition now. It's just been a really, really good week for us."

Stage 6 result

1. Tony Martin (Germany/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 21 minutes 7 seconds

2. Adriano Malori (Italy/Lampre) +16"

3. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) +34"

4. Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands/Vacansoleil) +36"

5. Simon Spilak (Slovenia/Katusha) +41"

6. Stef Clement (Netherlands/Blanco) +50"

7. Richie Porte (Australia/Team Sky) +52"

8. Mads Christensen (Denmark/Saxo-Tinkoff) +55"

9. Rohan Dennis (Australia/Garmin) +56"

10. Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden/Argos) +1:01"

Overall standings

1. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) 19 hours 24 minutes 51 seconds

2. Simon Spilak (Slovenia/Katusha) +54"

3. Rui Costa (Portugal/Movistar) +1:49"

4. Tom Danielson (US/Garmin) +1:54"

5. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands/Blanco) +2:03"

6. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France/AG2R) +2:14"

7. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium/Lotto) +2:16"

8. Richie Porte (Australia/Team Sky) +2:31"

9. Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar) +2:32"

10. Marcel Wyss (Switzerland/IAM Cycling) +2:41"