Astana’s Daniel Navarro claimed the first win of his pro career in Grenoble thanks to a strong attack in the hors-category climb to Chamrousse. The 27 year old overtook all the escapees and maintain his lead over 30 seconds. Janez Brajkovic retained the yellow/blue jersey.
Capecchi first at the Lautaret
From the group of 18 riders who went clear off the bunch at half way in the ascent of the col du Lautaret, four rode away and passed the first climb in the following order: Eros Capecchi (Footon-Servetto), Luis Pasamontes (Caisse d’Epargne), Thibault Pinot (Française des Jeux) and Dimitri Champion (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel) was 20 seconds behind at the top and quickly bridged the gap in the downhill, where Bram Tankink (Rabobank) and Grega Bole (Lampre) escaped from the bunch. The junction occurred at Le Clapier (km 49.5). The seven breakaway riders were 1.30 ahead of the bunch led by RadioShack at km 50.
Navarro overtakes everyone before Chamrousse
A maximum lead of 5.15 was recorded at km 72. It was reduced to 2.20 at the bottom of the climb to Chamrousse. At half way, Capecchi, Pinot and Martinez formed a new leading trio until Daniel Navarro (Astana) overtook them with 7km remaining to Chamrousse. The Spaniard continued solo and transited in the ski resort with 50 seconds advantage over Pinot and Capecchi, 1.45 over Martinez, 1.55 over Moreau (Caisse d’Epargne) and Champion, 2.25 over Kadri (Ag2r), 3.15 over Kern (Cofidis), Kessiakoff (Garmin) and Pasamontes while the bunch had a deficit of 3.55.
Navarro wins in Grenoble
In the downhill towards Grenoble, Navarro didn’t lose much. He kept 40 seconds lead over Pinot and Capecchi at the bottom with 10km to go while the next chasers were 1.40 behind and the peloton at 3.30. Navarro arrived in Grenoble 34 seconds before Capecchi and Pinot. French champion Dimitri Champion took the fourth place at 1.39. The peloton crossed the line 3.04 after Navarro. Janez Brajkovic kept the yellow/blue jersey as no change occurred at the top of the overall classification.
I’m really happy to get my first win here at the Dauphiné. Normally I’m a good domestique but today Alberto told me to try and go for myself. He’s racing here with a lot of tranquility. I’ve tried my luck and it worked out, although I’m not a great cyclist downhill. I managed to stay away.
1. Daniel Navarro (Astana)
2. Capecchi (Footon), at 0.33
3. Pinot (FDJ), st
4. Champion (Ag2r), at 1.39
5. Martinez (Euskaltel), st
Navarro claims a superb solo win in Grenoble.
28 seconds is Navarro’s lead over Pinot and Capecchi.
Navarro is 2km away from the finishing line.
Kadri, Le Lay, Riblon, Rolland and Kessiakoff accompany Moreau in the second chasing group.