Navardauskas wins Romandie stage; Froome leads

Updated: April 25, 2013, 12:56 PM ET
Associated Press

GRANGES, Switzerland -- Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania sprinted to his first individual stage win at the Tour of Romandie on Thursday, and Chris Froome of Britain maintained the overall lead.

The 25-year-old Garmin Sharp rider won the 118.15-mile stage in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 49 seconds.

Enrico Gasparotto of Italy was second for the Astana team, and Wednesday's stage winner, Gianni Meersman of Belgium, was third for Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

Froome retained the lead he's held throughout the six-day race through French-speaking Switzerland. Another Garmin rider, Andrew Talansky of the United States, trails Froome by 6 seconds.

The 112-mile stage on Friday starts and finishes in Payerne. The race ends Sunday.

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