Sunday June 9th, 2013

Stage 8Sisteron / Risoul

Start 10h33 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary09.06.2013De Marchi wins in Risoul, Froome takes the overall classification

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.

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interview09.06.2013Chris Froome: "It's been a dream scenario"

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...

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interview09.06.2013Gianni Meersman: "I wasn't the best sprinter but I've done well"

Gianni Meersman has won the points classification by two points over Chris Froome, it's been tight! "This morning, I calculated carefully", the Belgian described. "I realized that Froome could take the green jersey, had he finished third, but if I won the intermediate sprint, he had to win the stage to beat me in the points classification. That's why I've wanted to make the breakaway. It worked out well in the sprint. Then, Froome came second and I've saved my lead for two points. It's almost...

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interview09.06.2013Rohan Dennis: "I was just thinking of pulling out"

Rohan Dennis is the big revelation of the week. "Eighth of the Dauphiné between riders like Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador, and best young rider without benefitting from any breakaway, I'm very happy", he commented despite feeling very cold after the ceremony for the white jersey. "But if it wasn't for my team, I wouldn't have done it. I was just thinking of pulling out. It was so cold up the col de Vars. I couldn't move my hands anymore. But my team-mates took all the wet clothes...

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interview09.06.2013Thomas Damuseau: «It was a bet, it worked!»

Thomas Damuseau remained the king of the mountains through one more breakaway. “I came to the Dauphiné to show off, race at the front, be offensive", the Argos-Shimano rider explained. "It's pleasant to see that I've managed to stick to this goal for the whole week. Looking at the climate conditions like today, I'm proud to have made it. Of course, I'm not the best climber. I knew that well before coming here. That's why I've tried to race smartly, choosing the right breakaways. At the...

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interview09.06.2013Alessandro De Marchi: "The dream of my life"

Alessandro De Marchi claimed the first win of his pro career in Risoul. "This victory rewards me for all the unsuccessful breakaways I've conducted since I turned Professional", he said. "It was the dream of my life to achieve something like this and I'm delighted it happened at such a big race. I've tried so many times that I can only be happy with this. The Dauphiné was an important step in my lead up to the Tour de France. I had to know if I had the condition for July. I'm sure it'll be...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

15:05Froome wins the 65th Dauphiné

Final GC:

1. Chris Froome (SKY), 29.28.48

2. Richie Porte (SKY), 0.58

3. Dani Moreno (KAT), 2.12

4. Jakob Fuglsang (AST), 2.18

5. Dani Navarro (COF), 2.20

15:02Top 5

1. Alessandro De Marchi (CAN), 4.28.09

2. Chris Froome (SKY), 0.24

3. Andrew Talansky (GRS), st

4. Richie Porte (SKY), 0.31

5. Jakob Fuglsang (AST), 0.38

15:00De Marchi wins in RisoulDe Marchi wins stage 8 of the Dauphiné.
15:00Last kilometreDe Marchi still in the lead.
14:59Fight for podiumDani Navarro (COF) is fighting for third place overall with yesterday's winner Samuel Sanchez. They have dropped Moreno.
14:581.5km to goWith 1.5km to go, De Marchi is only 40 seconds ahead of Froome and Porte.
14:55Froome and Porte on the moveWith 2.5km to go, Froome and Porte decide to leave the group and try and reach the front of the race.
14:541.15 for De MarchiWith 3km to go, De Marchi has 48 seconds lead over Wellens and Meyer, and 1.15 over the yellow-blue jersey group.
14:50Contador waits for RogersContador waits for Rogers who only has ten seconds lead over Dani Moreno and twelve seconds over Dani Navarro.
14:50Rogers in troubleContador looks back, as he hears that Rogers i in trouble at the back of the yellow-blue jersey group.
14:49De Marchi overtakes WellensAlessandro De Marchi is the new lone leader as he has overtaken Wellens.
14:47Gallopin and Contador in actionWith 6km to go, Gallopin (RLT) goes clear off the main bunch. Contador rejoins him.
14:45Van den Broeck in difficultyJurgen Van den Broeck (LTB) is getting dropped by the yellow-blue jersey group while his team-mate Tim Wellens is still at the front.
14:44De Marchi at 35 secondsTim Wellens has 35 seconds lead over the first chaser, Alessandro De Marchi, with 6km to go.
14:41Yellow-blue jersey at 2.15With less than 7km to go, Wellens maintains an advantage of 2.15 over the yellow-blue jersey group composed of 24 riders.
14:37Rohan Dennis still in the main pelotonRookie Rohan Dennis (GRS) is still in the yellow jersey group, as he keeps fighting for the best young rider competition.
14:34Barguil back in the bunchWarren Barguil has been caught by the main peloton but Alejandro Valverde is still in between. Vassil Kiryienka (SKY) leads the bunch with a deficit of 2.35 from lone leader Wellens with 9km to go.
14:32Wellens attacksSoon after coming across to the front group, Wellens is gone away solo with 10.5km to go. The young Belgian goes much better uphill than downhill.
14:30Team Sky leads the bunchContador's ambitions to win today's stage look like having come to an end. It's now Team Sky leading the main peloton with six riders.
14:23Hernandez throws the towelJesus Hernandez (TST) stops at the bottom of the climb to Risoul.
14:2120km to goWith 20km to go, Wellens is no longer in the front group and Barguil doesn't gain any time, the Frenchman is at 2.15 and the main peloton at 3 minutes.
14:15Voeckler out of the raceThomas Voeckler is no longer in the race.
14:15Maté pulls outMaté (COF) abandons the Dauphiné after crashing while Contador makes his way back to the main peloton.
14:13Barguil at 2.0525km from the finish, Barguil is timed 2.05 behind the five leading riders: De Marchi, Meyer, Wellens, Losada and Quinziato.
14:09Contador crashesContador crashes at km 126 together with Luis Maté (COF), but he's quickly back on his bike.
14:07Losada rejoins the head of the raceRegrouping at the head of the race in the downhill: De Marchi, Meyer and Wellens see the return of Losada. Quinziato isn't far behind.
13:57Result of KOM at col de Vars

Result of KOM at col de Vars (cat. 1), km 119:

1. Alessandro De Marchi (CAN), 15 points

2. Travis Meyer (OGE), 13

3. Tim Wellens (LTB), 11

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13:52Three Saxo-Tinkoff set the pacePaulinho, Contador and Rogers, all from Saxo-Tinkoff, keep leading the peloton, two minutes behind Meyer and De Marchi who are in the last kilometre of the climb to the col de Vars.
13:47De Marchi comes across

2km from the top of col de Vars, De Marchi rejoins Meyer at the front while further down, Barguil gets rid of Valverde and shows that he's a great climber in the making.

13:45Valverde and Barguil on the move2.15 behind the lone leader Travis Meyer with 39.5km to go, Alejandro Valverde (MOV) and Warren Barguil (ARG) are gone away from the main peloton.
13:44Travis Meyer aheadTravis Meyer (OGE) is alone in the lead in the ascent to col de Vars. He might have been inspired by the victory of his brother Cameron in the inaugural time trial of the Tour de Suisse yesterday.
13:35Paulinho takes over from Sorensen

Climbing up the col de Vars, Sergio Paulinho has taken over from Nicki Sorensen at the head of the peloton. Saxo-Tinkoff seems motivated for the stage win!

13:34Travis Meyer joins Wellens and De MarchiTravis Meyer joins Wellens and De Marchi at the front.
13:30Slagter also out of the raceTom-Jelte Slagter (BLA) had good memories of Risoul as he took fourth place in the hill climb time trial and the overall classification of the 2010 Tour de l'Avenir, but he won't perform again in the ski resort of the Hautes-Alpes. He's one of the three riders who just added their name to the list of the retirements, Koldo Fernandez and Jacob Rathe (GRS) being the other two.
13:19De Marchi and Wellens at the frontAt the bottom of col de Vars, two riders go clear off the 24-man breakaway group: Wellens and De Marchi. Both have already tried their luck in the mountains in the past two days.
13:18Gianni Meersman will win the points classification if......he finishes the stage inside the time cut and if Chris Froome doesn't win today's stage.
13:10Result of intermediate sprint at Jausiers

1. Gianni Meersman (OPQ), 5 points

2. Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), 3

3. José Sarmiento (CAN), 1

13:072.50 near the hot spot sprint5km before the intermediate sprint at Jausiers, the time gap is 2.50. The bunch is led by Nicki Sorensen (TST) with all remaining riders from Team Sky behind him.
12:51Herrada and Teklehaimanot peel off their dossardTwo more riders have brought their Dauphiné to a premature halt: Daniel Teklehaimanot (OGE) and José Herrada (MOV).
12:46Miserable weatherIt keeps being cold and rainy on the road of the Dauphiné.
12:4534.7km in the second hourThe 24 breakaway riders have covered 34.7 kilometres in the second hour of racing. It makes an average of 37.3km/h. At km 78, the difference is stabilized at 2.40.
12:41Pierre Rolland: "My Achilles tendon is painful"Pierre Rolland just posted on his facebook page the reason why he pulled out today. “Since last night, I've felt some pain on my Achilles tendon. With my staff, we decided to try today anyway but we agreed that I'd stopped if anything. I can't take any risk three weeks before the Tour. I'm inevitably disappointed and a bit despondent as well. I hope that a few rest days will be enough to ease the pain.”
12:31Bouhanni, de Gendt, also outFour more riders have pulled out: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), Thomas De Gendt (VCD), Nikolas Maes (OPQ), Ted King (RLT).
12:16Chavanel, Hushovd pull out at the feed zoneA few riders pull out at the feed zone: Sylvain Chavanel and Peter Serry (OPQ), Thor Hushovd and Ivan Santaromita (BMC), David Lopez (SKY)...
12:033.05 at km 59Latest time gap: 3.05 at km 59.
12:01Damuseau is a kingProviding that he reaches Risoul inside the time cut, Thomas Damuseau will be crowned the king of the mountains of the 65th Criterium du Dauphiné.
12:00Result of KOM at côte de la Bréole

Result of KOM at côte de la Bréole, km 52.5:

1. Thomas Damuseau (ARG), 4 points

2. Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), 3

3. Anthony Geslin (FDJ), 2

4. Manuel Quinziato (BMC), 1

11:58Time gap: 3.25 at km 50

At km 50, the deficit of the bunch led by Saxo-Tinkoff is 3.25. The 24 leaders are still Tim Wellens (LTB), 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...

11:41Second time in RisoulAlberto Contador has not only trained from Risoul and back after climbing the col d'Agnel and the Izoard. He also raced up there and finished 4th when the Criterium du Dauphiné had a stage finish for the first time in Risoul in 2010. The race was won by Nicolas Vogondy ahead of Romain Sicard. That same year, the last two stages of the Tour de l'Avenir also took place in Risoul. That's where Nairo Quintana sealed the overall win as he claimed both stages ahead of Andrew Talansky.
11:37Kenny Elissonde throws the towelKenny Elissonde (FDJ) has abandoned. He's been sick for a few days. Yesterday, he courageously finished just inside the time cut, together with his team-mate Nacer Bouhanni.
11:3239.9km in the first hour39.9 kilometres have been covered by the 24 breakaway riders in the first hour of racing.
11:19Alberto Contador: ??The rain can favor me?Alberto Contador was delighted to hear that the Criterium du Dauphiné would end up at Risoul. Two years ago, he was warmly welcomed by the mayor Max Brémond who opened an hotel only for him in the valley as he doesn't handle living in altitude despite his climbing skills. Having done it many times during his training camp with Saxo Bank under the guidance of Bradley McGee, the Spaniard knows today's final ascent very well. Yesterday, he rode as a domestique for Michael Rogers to move up to...
11:063 minutes leadThe peloton led by Team Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff has a deficit of three minutes at km 27.
11:04Meersman is also the highest rankedGianni Meersman (OPQ) has the hot spot sprint of Jausiers as a goal for scoring more points for the green jersey but he's also the highest ranked of the 24 breakaway riders on GC: 38th at 23.19.
11:02Pierre Rolland abandonsPierre Rolland (EUC) calls it a quit before km 20.
10:59The gap increasesThe time gap between the 24 leaders and the peloton is 2.50 at km 17.
10:57Sky at the command of the pelotonTim Wellens has been noted as the instigator of the breakaway. At km 15, the peloton led by Team Sky is timed at 2.10.
10:42The 24 leaders are:

Tim Wellens (LTB), 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...

10:40The green jersey in offensive mood19 riders have tried to go clear. One of them is Gianni Meersman (OPQ) who would like to secure his green jersey at the hot spot sprint. But their advantage is only 10 seconds before km 5.
10:39Jersey holders

At the start of the last stage of the 65th Criterium du Dauphiné, Chris Froome (SKY) wears the yellow-blue jersey with an advantage of 51 seconds over his team-mate Richie Porte and 1.37 over Michael Rogers (TST). Gianni Meersman (OPQ) remains in the green jersey since stage 1. The Belgian leads the points classification with 44 points and an advantage of 9 points over Froome. 15 to 1 points are up for grabs at the finish and 5, 3 and 1 for the top 3 at the hot spot sprint in Jausiers (km...

10:39Climbs of the day

It's another mountain stage with the highest summit of the Criterium du Dauphiné scheduled above 2000 metres of altitude as the col de Vars culminates at 2100m:
- Km 52.5: côte de la Bréole (cat. 3), 5.4km at 5%
- Km 119: col de Vars (cat. 1), 10.4km at 6.9%
- Km 155.5: montée de Risoul (cat. 1), 13.9km at 6.7%
The total difference in altitude is 3700 metres for this stage.

10:35Bad weather on the roadThe temperature was 13°C at Sisteron where the riders could see the sun shining but also clouds threatening them. Rain is expected from the 25th kilometre onwards. For now, it's cold and rainy at the finish in Risoul.
10:23Start proper given at 10.34The start proper has been given to 142 riders at 10.34.
10:193 non-startersThree riders (at least) won't take the start: Michel Kreder (GRS), Natnael Berhane (EUC) and Tony Martin (OPQ).
10:18Welcome to stage 8Welcome to the live coverage of the eighth and last stage 8 from Sisteron to Risoul. Starting time is 10.25.

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