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After a covid-19 delay a reduced Critérium du Dauphiné took place in August over 5 stages, rather than the regular 8 stages. With the Tour de France just 3 weeks away it was a final proving ground for the main contenders. Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) took victory by 29s from Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ) with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) completing the podium, a further 12s back. It had looked like a Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) whitewash but a crash on stage 4 saw the Slovenian not take the start on the final day, saving him for the larger objective. The Jumbo Visma team did manage to win 3 of the 5 stages on offer, with Wout Van Aert taking stage 1, Roglic stage 2 and Sepp Kuss the final stage in to Megeve. The other stage winners were Davide Formolo (UAE) on stage 3 and Lennard Kamna (Bora Hansgrohe) on stage 4. Read More »

The Critérium du Dauphiné was a lot soggier than usual but that didn’t detract from the action and incidents. 2017 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) took victory by 20s from Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora Hansgrohe) third after a memorable week of racing. The other jerseys were won by Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo Visma) the points or green jersey, the best climber was Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick-Step) with a dominant win on stage 6 and the best young rider was Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal). The main talking point though was the stage 4 recon accident suffered by Chris Froome (Ineos), which has ruled him out for the rest of the year, minimum. Read More »

Another great week in France saw Team Sky return to winning ways on the Critérium du Dauphiné. Their 6th success on this race in the last 8 years saw Geraint Thomas add his name to the list of winners, with what is probably his greatest result of his road racing career. It was not simple though as a prologue crash saw him drop 20 seconds or so. He then had to hope he recovered well before the team time trial on stage 3. Team Sky then delivered in emphatic style by taking a crushing victory. It was then just the small matter of defending the lead on the next 4 mountain top finishes to the next 4 stages. Read More »

The annual trip to the Dauphiné and what looked like an unexciting route on first glance, proved to be a superb route which tested the main protagonists to the limit. With Chris Froome (Team Sky) looking for win number 4 on the Dauphiné, ahead of his attempt to win a 4th Tour de France, everyone was looking to him to see his form. Stage 4 gave an answer as he failed to win or even make the top 5 on the stage it was Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) who took the stage win to climb to 2nd overall behind early leader Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal). Read More »

Dauphine Stage 6 (17)Unlike 2015 the Critérium du Dauphiné was not one which saw the lead changing on an almost daily basis, instead it was dominated by two past Tour de France winners and included 4 of the 5 most fancied riders to lift the crown in July. The short mountain prologue time trial proved to be very interesting as Chris Froome (Sky) went early but ended up 3rd overall. Richie Porte (BMC) was in the last group of riders and pipped his former team mate only to find himself behind Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). Those positions stood for the next few days/stages as the sprinters took their chances on the flatter stages before the race moved in to the mountains. Read More »

Dauphine 15 (274)It was now our 3rd Dauphiné and what an absolute cracker it proved to be. Stage 1 saw an audacious move by Peter Kennaugh (Sky) in the final few kilometres leap from the peleton to take victory and the maillot jaune. He held on to this after stage 2 which came down to a sprint, won by Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Next up was the team time trial and Rohan Dennis (BMC) took over the yellow jersey after a dominant with in the team time trial. Bouhanni took stage win number 2, on stage 4, as Dennis kept yellow. Read More »

SONY DSCWhen I left the Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday with the days stage to complete little did I know that the reign at the top of Chris Froome, of Team Sky, was soon to end. Team Sky seemed to be heading for a 4th straight win on the 2nd largest race in France after Froom took the yellow jersey on the opening stage, an indiviual time trial. The race was building to the final 2 stages but on the 6th stage Froome crashed, injurying his wrist, which left him vulnerable for the final two days. Alberto Contador (Saxo Tinkoff) took the lead on the penultimate stage as Froome suffered but on the final stage it was Andrew Talansky (Garmin) who shocked Contador to take victory by 28s. Read More »

dauphine13 (3)We made our first visit to the continent for a cycling stage race as we took in the Critérium du Dauphiné, in the majestic French Alps. We may have only seen 3 of the 8 stages but it gave us a flavour for what this event is all about. Our first stage was the Individual Time Trial which was won by the Time Trial World Champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quickstep) who beat the next fastest rider by 47 seconds over the 32km course. In 2nd place was Dennis Rohan (Garmin – Sharp) who took the yellow jersey with Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) 3rd. This proved to be just a taster though as the mountain finish saw the Sky Procycling team lay down the pace and control allowing Froome to take the stage win and the yellow jersey which he kept until the end of the race. Read More »