Sunday June 2nd, 2013

Stage 1Champéry / Champéry

Start 11h55 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary02.06.2013A true exploit made in Canada by David Veilleux

Canadian cyclist David Veilleux claimed a fantastic solo victory in the Swiss Alps as he arrived in Champéry almost two minutes before the peloton of the top favorites. Being the first attacker of the day after only three kilometers of racing as soon as the terrain became hilly, the Europcar rider got a well deserved victory made of 118 kilometres of breakaway, including 47 alone! A quarter of a century later, he pursues the legend of his compatriot Steve Bauer who won the prologue of the...

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interview02.06.2013David Veilleux: "Only in the last 300 metres, I realized"


Stage 1 winner David Veilleux (EUC) reacted: “This is my first time taking part in the Dauphiné. The standard of the race is extremely high, that's why I didn't have any expectation at this level. It was worth trying. I've started to believe that something would be possible when our breakaway gained more than nine minutes. But later, it was only in the last 300 metres that I realized I'd won. It's an enormous satisfaction. It comes from a lot of sacrifices and huge amounts of work. I'm...

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interview02.06.2013"T-J" Slagter: "I won't give the white jersey away"

Best young rider Tom-Jelte Slagter (BLA) told letour.fr after receiving the white jersey: “I didn't know what to expect today after being not very healthy last week after the Tour of Belgium. I was on antibiotics before coming to the Dauphiné. But during the race, I didn't feel so bad. A short stage was something good to begin with. In the final climb, I stayed behind Chris Froome and Alberto Contador and in the last kilometer, I did my own sprint. I didn't come to the Dauphiné for riding...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

15:13Top 5

1. David Veilleux (EUC)

2. Gianni Meersman (OPQ), at 1.56

3. Tom Jelte Slagter (BLA), at 1.57

4. Richie Porte (SKY), st

5. Chris Froome (SKY), st

15:13Santaromita attacksIvan Santaromita has attacked from the bunch.
15:12Veilleux wins!David Veilleux (EUC) wins stage 1 of the Dauphiné.
15:07Veilleux with 1km to goIt's going to be a Canadian victory in Switzerland: Veilleux is in the last kilometre!
15:02Inside 5km toWith 3.8km to go, Veilleux keeps going well. The peloton is 3.02 behind.
14:54The peloton in the last climbThe peloton has started climbing but doesn't look determined enough for bridging the gap to Veilleux who has an advantage of 3.19 with 5.5km to go.
14:52It's looking good for VeilleuxWith 12km to go, Veilleux has 3.17 lead over the peloton where Boasson Hagen is back.
14:49KOM results at Pas de Morgins

KOM results at Pas de Morgins (2nd category):

1. David Veilleux (EUC), 10 points

at 1.50, 2. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 9

3. Ricardo Garcia (EUS), 8

at 3.05, 4. Tony Martin (OPQ), 7

at 3.20, 5. Chris Anker Sorensen (TST), 6

6. Eros Capecchi (MOV), 5

14:47Talansky in difficultyA runner up at Paris-Nice, Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) is getting dropped by the main peloton in the Pas de Morgins. Vassil Kiryienka (SKY) and Pierrick Fédrigo (FDJ) are also in difficulty, so is Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY).
14:44King of the MountainsAfter passing the Pas de Morgins in first position, David Veilleux has secured the lead in the King of the Mountain competition. He'll get the polka dot jersey in Champéry... and maybe more!
14:374 minutes lead in the Pas de MorginsDavid Veilleux is now in the last kilometre of the 2nd category Pas de Morgins, which is the second last climb of the day. Saxo-Tinkoff is now pulling at the head of the peloton, four minutes behind the Canadian with 20km to go.
14:33Joly: "It's perfect"Europcar's DS Sébastien Joly commented Veilleux' ride at the microphone of France Télévisions: "The peloton has waited a lot before riding behind, that makes it interesting. It's a bit too early to believe David will win but he's riding as a time triallist, he's good at that. He's got quite a good lead. He needs to keep some strength for the last climb." 
14:285 minutes lead with 25km to goWith 25km to go, Veilleux is 1.25 ahead of Damuseau and Garcia, 2.40 ahead of Martin and Bideau, 5 minutes ahead of the peloton led by Movistar and Katusha.
14:27Hot spot sprintAt the intermediate sprint of La Chapelle-D'abondance (km 91.5), Veilleux preceded by 1.25 in that order: Damuseau and Garcia. They took 5, 3 and 1 points respectively.
14:25Same time gapAt km 87, with less than 30km to go, the gap remains the same between Veilleux and the peloton led by Movistar: 5.35.
14:22Hupond pulls outThierry Hupond of Argos-Shimano abandons the Dauphiné. At the start, he told letour.fr how motivated he was. "This is my home race", said the rider from Lyon who suffered a knee injury during the race.
14:17Movistar takes the responsibilitiesIt's only Team Movistar leading the peloton behind solo breakaway rider David Veilleux and the riders in between.
14:14Veilleux insistsAt the bottom of the downhill (km 80), David Veilleux has 45 seconds lead over Garcia and Damuseau. The peloton is still at 5.35.
14:14Zubeldia puncturesThe leader of RadioShack Haimar Zubeldia has a flat tyre in the downhill of col du Corbier.
14:082nd KOM of the day

Results at the top of col du Corbier (1st category):
1. David Veilleux (EUC), 15 points

at 0.40, 2. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 13 points

3. Ricardo Garcia (EUS), 11 points

at 1.50, 4. Jean-Marc Bideau (EUC), 9 points

at 2.05, 5. Tony Martin (OPQ), 8 points

at 5.35, 6. Thomas Voeckler (EUC), 7 points

7. Eloy Teruel (MOV), 6 points

8. Chris Froome (SKY), 5 points


 

14:04At 36.1km/hIn the second hour of racing, David Veilleux has covered 34 kilometres. It makes an average speed of 36.1km/h.
14:04Veilleux first atop col du CorbierDavid Veilleux (EUC) passes the col du Corbier ahead alone. He's five minutes ahead of the peloton.
13:59De Gendt droppedThomas De Gendt is dropped from the bunch.
13:57Riders in troubleA few riders are getting dropped from the bunch: Arndt (ARG), Boeckmans (VCD), Hushovd (BMC).. French champion Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is also in trouble in the climb of col du Corbier.
13:54Veilleux acceleratesTwo kilometres before the top of col du Corbier, David Veilleux (EUC) attacks and goes solo.
13:45Martin at 2.20Tony Martin is getting closer to the four breakaway riders: 2.20.
13:436.25 at 52km to goGarcia (EUS), Veilleux (EUC), Damuseau (ARG) and Bideau (BSE) are climbing the col du Corbier. With 52km to go, their lead is 6.25.
13:38Valverde: "Positioning is the key"Alejandro Valverde looked very focused at the start. The affable Spaniard told letour.fr this morning: "It's a pretty good stage. I expect it to be nervous. I've recognised the end.The most important will be the positioning at the last curve with 150 metres to go."
13:34Movistar also in actionVacansoleil-DCM is still pulling at the head of the peloton but now Movistar also does it in cooperation with Orica-GreenEdge and Team Sky. It's logical, as Alejandro Valverde is the third hot favorite for today's stage with Gerrans and Boasson Hagen. All riders have ridden their bike on the final part of the race in Champéry this morning and it inspired the likes of Valverde.
13:30Tony Martin warmed upTony Martin continues his solo ride between the breakaway and the peloton. He's 4.45 behind Garcia (EUS), Veilleux (EUC), Damuseau (ARG) and Bideau (BSE) at km 65.The double world champion for time trial warmed up on rollers for 45 minutes before the start. He's highly expected on Wednesday on the 32.5km ITT from Villars-les-Dombes to Parc des Oiseaux.
13:26Yes, Edvald is here...After talking about himself, Gerrans asked: "Is Edvald here?" Yes, Norwegian champion Boasson Hagen is present at the Dauphiné after winning the Tour of Norway two weeks ago. The Team Sky rider who won stage 7 of the 2010 Criterium du Dauphiné in Sallanches is another hot favourite today! Actually, Team Sky is the third team noted at the front of the peloton with Orica-GreenEdge and Vacansoleil-DCM.
13:22Gerrans: "I'm up for it"Orica-GreenEdge is logically commited to bringing the breakaway gap. The uphill finish at Champéry particularly suits their most famous rider: Simon Gerrans. The winner of the 2012 Milan-San Remo told letour.fr this morning: "I'm up for it. I'm feeling good. But the course is pretty hard from 3 to 1km to go, so it'll all depend on how I come out of that."
13:20GreenEdge wakes upAt km 44, the time gap is reduced to 9.45 as the Orica-GreenEdge team is noted alongside Vacansoleil-DCM at the head of the peloton.
13:16De Gendt: "This is a test"Vacansoleil-DCM is not happy with the distance between the breakaway and the peloton. It indicates the ambitions they have for their captain Thomas De Gendt who finished third overall at the Giro d'Italia last year and has a different race program this year. He didn't race the 2012 Tour de France because it clashed with his wedding but he'll line up in Corsica on June 29. "I've raced the Tour of California before coming here", the Belgian told letour.fr before the start. "I think my form is OK...
13:15More than ten minutesAt km 40, Martin is 6.20 behind the four leaders and the peloton led by Vacansoleil-DCM is at 10.10.
13:13Tony Martin in betweenAt km 33, Tony Martin (OPQ) has attacked solo from the peloton. He's cruising in between the four riders away and the peloton.
12:59Barguil: "I feel better and better"French riders from multi-national teams are also motivated at the Dauphiné. Tour de l'Avenir winner Warren Barguil whose team-mate and compatriot Thomas Damuseau is at the front today told letour.fr at the start: "I've been harmed by back problems for months. It's pretty long to get rid of them but I'm feeling better and better. I've been doing muscle-development exercises every morning. I was going quite well at the Bayern Rundfahrt. I was even second on GC prior to the time trial. And I was...
12:5538.2km covered in the first hourThe escapees have covered 38.2 kilometres in the first hour of racing. On the start line, many riders expected a fast nervous race but it's not the case in the early part of the stage.
12:51More than seven minutesAt km 32, the four leading riders are 7.05 ahead of the peloton.
12:47KOM classification

Result of the first category climb of côte de Morgins at km 12.5:

1. Jean-Marc Bideau (BSE), 15 points

2. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 13

3. David Veilleux (EUC), 11

4. Ricardo Garcia (EUS), 9

5. Peio Bilbao (EUS), 8

6. Bert-Jan Lindeman (VAC), 7

7. Mitch Docker (OGE), 6

8. Ian Stannard (SKY), 5

12:43More than five minutesAt km 26, Garcia (EUS), Veilleux (EUC), Damuseau (ARG) and Bideau (BSE) are 5.30 ahead of the peloton.
12:37The gap increasesThe gap between Garcia (EUS), Veilleux (EUC), Damuseau (ARG) and Bideau (BSE) and the peloton keeps going up: 3.55 at km 22.
12:36More than three minutes leadAt km 18, the lead of the four breakaway riders is 3.20.
12:29Riders back to Châtel

The riders are now racing downhill to Châtel where the Criterium du Dauphiné ended last year with a second stage win by Dani Moreno of Katusha. His directeur sportif Valerio Piva told letour.fr: "At the Dauphiné, there are always a few riders coming straight from the Giro. That was the case of Moreno last year and Joaquim Rodriguez two years ago, but this time, both are coming back from a break." Samuel Sanchez (EUS) who finished 12th of the Giro d'Italia one week ago is racing the...

12:25Bideau at the topJean-Marc Bideau (BSE) has reached the summit of first category côte de Morgins in first position. The leading quartet has been timed with an advantage of 2.55 over the pack.
12:16Voeckler: "I'm probably short in form"Europcar is also an invited team at the Dauphiné. Their charismatic rider Thomas Voeckler spoke to letour.fr on the start line: "Seldom at this stage of the season I've not had any satisfaction with race results. I haven't had a good early season, I must admit it. Some crashes have also damaged my race program. Now I'm recovering from a crash at the Tour of Belgium. Wounds on my elbow aren't healing properly. Usually, I ride the Dauphiné with high ambitions but I'm probably too short in form...
12:141.50 at km 8Still climbing the côte de Morgins, the four breakaway riders have an advantage of 1.50 at km 8.
12:09Bretagne-Séché on the moveIt's also no surprise to see the Bretagne-Séché team at the front. The Breton team received a wild card for the Dauphiné. Florian Guillou is their best climber. "It's a big word to say that I'm the leader of the team", he told letour.fr on the start line. "This race is of a ver high level. We won't wait for the middle of the week for trying and do something. We're determined to show that we deserve our invitation to compete against such great riders."
12:08Team Sky in commandTeam Sky is already noted at the head of the peloton, setting the pace 1.25 behind the four breakaway riders: Garcia (EUS), Veilleux (EUC), Damuseau (ARG) and Bideau (BSE).
12:06Time gap over one minuteIn the middle of the climb, the time gap is 1.05 after 4.5km of racing. At the top of the côte de Morgins, the race will pass the border from Switzerland to France.
12:02Short and nervous"It's a great idea to have a short and nervous stage to start the Dauphiné with", said Anthony Charteau (EUC) on the start line. "It's more enjoyable than the usual prologue. It's going to be a fantastic stage, I think." His team-mate David Veilleux confirmed the ambitions of Europcar today by breaking away almost from the gun.
12:01First breakawayThree riders have attacked from the start of the race, at the initiative of David Veilleux (Europcar). Thomas Damuseau (Argos) and Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne-Séché) have followed him. Ricardo Garcia (Euskaltel) has joined them. Four riders in the lead.
11:59A climb to start withAfter the km 0, the riders start with a 9.2km long climb with an average gradient of 6%: côte de Morgins.
11:55Nice conditions for racingAfter a day of pouring rain on the eve of stage 1, it's dry at the start in Champéry. "It's not as cold as it looks like, so it's going to be a great day of racing", said Wesley Sulzberger of Orice-GreenEdge. The temperature is 12°C.
11:53121km on the menuAfter the 5.4km neutral zone, 121 kilometres are to be covered by the 176 riders of the Dauphiné.
11:51The race is onRiders have left the starting area.
11:49Welcome to the 65th DauphinéWelcome to the live coverage of stage 1 of the 65th Criterium du Dauphiné, from Champéry to Champéry in the Swiss Alps.

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