The Tour de Romandie was a real spring race…sunshine one day and 20 centimetres of snow the next. It definitely adds another layer of drama to the already dramatic scenery of the Swiss Alpes. Photographer, Russ Ellis took to the mountains to capture the season change as we move from classics to grand tours.

Two prologues were on the cards for the week and helped Richie Porte to unseat Adam Yates to take the win on the final day.

The mountains are always wrapped with a certain mystique especially when the weather is constantly swirling and changing.

Being prepared for taking on everything the mountains can throw at you is just as much a mental thing as physical. If the mind isn’t in it, no amount of layers will make it any easier.

When the sun does reappear it breathes new life into weary riders, giving them the motivation to go on the chase.

The queen’s stage took the peloton over the stunning Swiss mountains, the sun was shining once again but the snow was still on the ground making for spectacular scenery.

The riders who were still in the race had another glorious day of sunshine to ride their TT bikes around Lausanne. The week finished with Ritchie Porte snatching the GC from Simon Yates.

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Words: Hannah Troop / Russ Ellis Photos: Russ Ellis