Chris Froome wins Criterium du Dauphiné


De Marchi wins final stage in Risoul, while Chris Froome wins the overall classification for the  65th Criterium du Dauphiné

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Chris Froome is the winner of the 65th Criterium du Dauphiné. He finished second in the last stage in Risoul behind Alessandro De Marchi who courageously stayed ahead of the big stars and claimed a well deserved victory after 153 kilometres of breakaway under the cold and rainy conditions in the south of the Alps. Froome is more than ever the hot favorite of the Tour de France.


After only two kilometers of racing, Tim Wellens (LTB) instigated a breakaway that was eventually formed of 24 riders with Francesco Gavazzi and Andriy Grivko (AST), Yannick Eijssen and Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Juan Manuel Garate and Marc Goos (BLA), Markel Irizar (RLT), Travis Meyer (OGE), Alberto Losada (KAT), Rudy Molard (COF), Mikel Astarloza and Egoi Martinez (EUS), Anthony Geslin (FDJ), Perrig Quéméneur (EUC), Gianni Meersman (OPQ), Alessandro De Marchi and José Sarmiento (CAN), Jonathan Castroviejo and Imanol Erviti (MOV), Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), William Clarke and Thomas Damuseau (ARG) and Sébastien Duret (BSE).

Two notable members of the group were the polka dot and green jersey wearers. Damuseau secured his lead in the King of the Mountains competition for good as he passed the third category côte de la Bréole in first position.

While many riders pulled out due to injury like Pierre Rolland (OPQ), sickness like Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) or else, with Thor Hushovd (BMC), Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ), Daniel Teklehaimanot (OGE), among others, Meersman reached his goal as he won the hot spot sprint at Jausiers (km 96).

In the ascent to col de Vars, Wellens and De Marchi were the first riders on the move, prior to being rejoined and dropped by Meyer. De Marchi made it across and passed in first position atop the col de Vars with the peloton led by three Saxo-Tinkoff riders (Sergio Paulinho, Alberto Contador and Michael Rogers) and two riders in between: Warren Barguil (ARG) and Alejandro Valverde (MOV).

Contador crashed with no consequences in the downhill of col de Vars where five riders gathered at the front: De Marchi, Wellens, Meyer, Losada and Quinziato. Wellens losing contact on the wet asphalt, the leading quartet started climbing to Risoul with an advantage of 2.30 over Barguil and 3 minutes over the main peloton.

But the young Belgian being much more at ease uphill than downhill, he rode away solo with 10.5km of climbing remaining. However, with 6km to go, Wellens was overtaken by De Marchi who went on to win the last stage of the Dauphiné.

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He benefited from two factors: Contador waited for Rogers who was in difficulty instead of trying to win the stage and Froome slowed down as Porte didn’t manage to follow him. The Brit wanted to get a stage win for his Australian team-mate and they had to be content with the fantastic 1-2 on GC as De Marchi was strong enough t stay away and win in Risoul.

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Chris Froome has dominated the Dauphiné from the time trial to the end. “It’s been a dream scenario”, he said. “The Dauphiné was a build up race. To come away with the victory plus one of my best friends and team-mate Richie Porte in second place overall, I couldn’t ask for more.”

“Of course, it’s a very positive test for the Tour de France. I know that I’ll do everything I can to win it as well. We’ve got some good reasons to be confident with such a great team but in cycling, nothing is granted. It’ll be an advantage to have two riders able to target high positions on GC. It’s a very favorable situation. Tonight I’ll be able to have a drink with my team-mates to celebrate this great win. In the coming days, we’ll go and recognize some mountain stages of the Tour.”


Final Overall
1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 29:28:46
2 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:58
3 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team 02:12
4 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 02:18
5 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 02:20
6 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 03:08
7 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 03:12
8 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 03:24
9 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi 04:25
10 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff 04:27
11 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 04:39
12 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ 07:17
13 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team 07:21
14 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard 07:47
15 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 09:02
16 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team 09:04
17 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 10:39
18 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano 12:12
19 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard 13:15
20 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team 13:37

Final Stage
1 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 04:28:09
2 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:24
3 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp @ st
4 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:31
5 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 00:38
6 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:49
7 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team @ st
8 MORENO FERNáNDEZ Daniel Katusha Team @ st
9 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 00:55
10 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 01:00
11 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida 01:04
12 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
13 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol Team 01:41
14 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:55
15 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
16 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
17 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling @ st
18 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard 02:31
19 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
20 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
21 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard @ st
22 SILIN Egor Astana Pro Team @ st
23 MEYER Travis Orica GreenEDGE 03:02
24 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling 03:27
25 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard 03:52
26 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team 03:56
27 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano @ st
28 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team @ st
29 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
30 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida @ st
31 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 04:54
32 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team 04:57
33 BAGOT Yoann Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05:35
34 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team 05:39
35 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team 05:56
36 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM 06:49
37 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil – DCM 07:37
38 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team 08:17
39 MOREIRA PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Team Saxo-Tinkoff 08:51
40 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE 09:24
41 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team 09:49
42 WETTERHALL Alexander Team NetApp – Endura 10:04
43 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE @ st
44 DURET Sebastien Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
45 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel – Euskadi 10:48
46 GARATE Juan Manuel Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
47 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
48 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling 12:32
49 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling @ st
50 CORDEEL Sander Lotto Belisol Team @ st
51 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits 12:35
52 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard 12:59
53 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team 13:29
54 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel Movistar Team @ st
55 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
56 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp @ st
57 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
58 ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
59 FAIRLY Caleb Garmin – Sharp @ st
60 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
61 BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMIENTA Pello Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
62 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team @ st
63 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
64 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team 13:39
65 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Astana Pro Team @ st
66 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Vacansoleil – DCM 14:27
67 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
68 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 14:34
69 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team @ st
70 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José Joao Team NetApp – Endura 14:43
71 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM 15:25
72 DAMUSEAU Thomas Team Argos – Shimano @ st
73 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
74 QUEMENEUR Perrig Team Europcar 15:33
75 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ 16:22
76 SCHILLINGER Andreas Team NetApp – Endura 16:34
77 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura @ st
78 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard 18:44
79 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
80 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 19:12
81 CANUTI Federico Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
82 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team @ st
83 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
84 VACHON Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
85 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne- Séché Environnement 19:52
86 LAENGEN Vegard Stake Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
87 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 20:19
88 SZMYD Sylwester Movistar Team 21:02
89 IGNATENKO Petr Katusha Team 21:05
90 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil – DCM 22:12
91 CLARKE William Team Argos – Shimano 22:40
92 ARNDT Nikias Team Argos – Shimano 23:42
93 GERARD Arnaud Bretagne- Séché Environnement 24:40
94 GESLIN Anthony Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
95 RICHEZE Ariel Maximiliano Lampre – Merida @ st
96 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar @ st
97 CHERNETSKIY Sergey Katusha Team @ st
98 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida @ st
99 GARCIA AMBROA Ricardo Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
100 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
101 REZA Kevin Team Europcar @ st
102 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste FDJ @ st
103 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
104 BIDEAU Jean Marc Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
105 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar 26:01:00
106 DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE @ st
107 VALENTIN Tristan Cofidis Solutions Crédits @ st
108 MOLARD Rudy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 26:05
109 FONSECA Armindo Bretagne- Séché Environnement 36:17
110 GUILLOU Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement 36:40



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