News: Third Dauphine win for Froome


Chris Froome wrapped up his third overall victory at the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday

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News: Third Dauphine win for Froome

Chris Froome wrapped up overall victory at the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine with a strong performance on the final stage.

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The Team Sky rider is only the fifth man to become a three-time winner of the prestigious stage race, clinching the yellow and blue jersey by 12 seconds after an exciting finish.

Froome crossed the line 10th after a nervy finale into Superdevoluy, but was able to rely on the support of his teammates, as has been the case throughout the event. The race split apart significantly on the penultimate climb of the Col du Noyer, with Froome equal to the attacks of Alberto Contador, briefly settling into an elite four-man group.

Wout Poels (fourth on the day), Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa were able to bridge back to their team leader ahead of the final ramp, and in doing so they ensured Team Sky also comfortably wrapped up the race’s team classification.

After the race a thrilled Froome confirmed: “It’s amazing to be able to come back to the Dauphine and win it for a third time. The team were fantastic this week and the guys rode out of their skin keeping the jersey on my shoulders. It’s a massive satisfaction. Coming into this week I hoped I’d be fighting for the podium, and to be sitting here on the last day in yellow is really an amazing feeling.”

“The last few days have just been flat out and today was no different. The final there was pretty grippy and we were down to just a couple of us at the front at one stage. But again my teammates did a fantastic job, got back to the front of the race and helped control it for me right up until the end. It is great timing to have a win under the belt. It does help build the morale a bit and build the team around me”.

“There’s still a lot of work to do before July but all the right signs are there now. The guys heading for the Tour de France look as if they’re in great shape and things everything is heading in the right direction.”

The 151km finale saw Etixx – Quickstep help Sky with the pace-setting duties, but the race burst into life as Contador (Tinkoff) attacked from long range yet again. Froome’s lieutenants ably closed the gap, but further accelerations saw an elite quartet of Froome, Contador, Richie Porte (BMC Racing) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) crest the Noyer together.

Way out front Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) attacked out of the day’s 20-man break to claim the win by 3:58. The final metres saw the overall podium decided, with Bardet and Dan Martin (Etixx – Quickstep) securing their places on the rostrum, 12 and 19 seconds respectively behind Froome.




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