Sunday June 8th, 2014

Stage 1Lyon / Lyon

Start 11h45 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary08.06.2014Froome roars in Lyon

Chris Froome (Team Sky) showed during the second part of the inaugural time trial that he's still above his rivals as a time triallist for the big stage races. With one month to go to the start of the Tour de France, he beat arch rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) by eight seconds on the 10.4km course while third favourite Vincenzo Nibali took the polka dot jersey as he scored the best time at the top of the hill. The sensation of stage 1 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné is 21 year...

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interview08.06.2014Bob Jungels: «It's a nice surprise!»

“Of course, I've waited for long in the position of a potential winner so I'm a little bit disappointed to not keep the lead at the very end. But it's a bit of a surprise to make the top three with Chris Froome and Alberto Contador and it's a nice surprise. I felt good but I was in the unknown as this is my come-back race after a break. For now, I'm up there with the best riders on GC. I'll try to stay with them as long as I can. But I also have to be realistic. Those guys are here to gear...

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interview08.06.2014Alberto Contador: «My feeling on the bike was good»

“My time is OK! For me, the last part was hard. I knew there would be a strong head wind to finish. It made the race very hard. I didn't want to take any useless risk in the downhill as I knew that a motorbike had crashed in the morning so I feared some oil on the road. The most important for me was not to crash. My feeling on the bike was good. I'm very happy with the result.”

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interview08.06.2014Vincenzo Nibali: «The wind made it harder than I expected»

“I've done a very good race. For sure, it was more difficult than I thought. When I went to reconnoitre the course this morning, there wasn't much wind. I didn't think it would blow so strongly later so I had a big wheel at the front but I'm very happy with my ride. Those who competed earlier have had more favorable conditions so my references are the other GC favourites and I'm not far down. I know that I've trained very well and I came here with no stress, only with the aim of racing...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

14:50Le top 5 de l'étape

1. Chris Froome (Sky), 13.13

2. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), 13.21

3. Bob Jungels (Trek), 13.22

4. Andrew Talansky (Garmin), 13.24

5. Wilco Kelderman (Belkin), 13.24

14:45The winner is... Chris Froome

By almost eight seconds, Chris Froome beats Contador and becomes the new leader of the Dauphiné.

14:44Best time for Contador

Bob Jungels will get the white jersey but not the yellow as Alberto Contador has beaten him by two seconds.

14:39Nibali has the best time check

At the top of the Montée de l'Observance, Nibali has the best time with two seconds lead over Froome and three seconds over Contador. Nibali will wear the first polka dot jersey of the Dauphiné.

14:32All riders on the way

Chris Froome, the last rider to start, is in action.

14:30Second best time for Talansky

Only one second is missing for Andrew Talansky to beat Bob Jungels who remains atop the results sheet.

14:25Voigt: "Jungels might be the new Cancellara"

Interviewed by France Televisions on the finishing line, Jens Voigt said: "My team-mate Bob Jungels is 21 year old, I'm exactly twice older than him! So it's not too bad to lose only 27 seconds from him. He might be the new Cancellara. He's closer in age to my son (Marc) who is 18. I'm more kind of a father for him. He listens to my advice. He's a good guy and he has a great future."

14:18Favourites close to the starting ramp

The last fifteen riders are about to start. Among them, Dani Moreno (Katusha) who came third overall in the Dauphiné last year, and the top favourites: Alberto Contador at 14.30, Vincenzo Nibali at 14.31, Chris Froome at 14.32.

14:12Alaphilippe leads the KOM for now

One of the revelations of the day is French neo pro Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS). He's in the top ten for now and leads the ranking at the top of the Montée de l'Observance four seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas (Sky), so he's virtually in the polka dot jersey.

13:53Millar: "I've got the legs of a 37 year old"

After he clocked in 13.55, David Millar told France Televisions: "My deficit is not because of the wind, it's because of the legs. I've got the legs of a 37 year old. I go slower than before. Cycling isn't as easy as it used to be for me." The Brit from Garmin-Sharp will retire from racing at the end of this year.

13:49Jungels eyes the white jersey

Shall he not keep the best time till the end, Bob Jungels at least has a good chance to be awarded the white jersey of best young rider. However, he's still potentially threatened by individual pursuit world record holder Jack Bobridge of Belkin.

13:40Offredo crashed

Yoann Offredo (FDJ.fr) crashed in the downhill but with no consequence according to his directeur sportif Thierry Bricaud. "He slipped in the downhill", Bricaud informed letour.fr. "But he restarted immediately and only suffers a few bruises." The Parisian crossed the line with a deficit of 53 seconds from current race leader Bob Jungels.

13:35Larsson out of the top ten

Gustav Larsson (IAM) was one of the time trial specialists likely to beat the GC contenders today but he won't. The Swedish champion is already out of the top ten with the time of 13.33.

13:33Portal: "Ready for yellow today"

As Chris Froome who will start last at 14.32 is often designated as the favourite today, his directeur sportif Nicolas Portal, questioned by letour.fr, didn't hide Team Sky's ambitions. “It's important to have a perfect week at the Dauphiné, so we come for winning”, Portal said. “We can expect Chris to perform in the time trial and why not taking the yellow jersey from day 1. In that case, we'd be forced to assume the responsibilities of the race very early. There'll be four stages...

13:19Jungels at 46.68km/h

The average speed of current race leader Bob Jungels is 46.68km/h. He was the 2010 junior world champion for individual time trial in Offida, Italy.

12:55Jungels: "I didn't make any mistake"

Bob Jungels gave his first impression to letour.fr: “Of course I'm happy to lead the race for now. This is the first competition of the second part of my season, so there was the unknown of resuming racing. It's a very hard course. After the climb, it's very difficult to get back into the rhythm. I chose to start early in order to possibly avoid the wind. I didn't make any mistake. I'm surprised to beat riders like Kelderman and Boom but especially Kwiatkowski. I expected him to crush...

12:49Van Garderen in the rhythm

Among the GC contenders, Tejay van Garderen (BMC) has ridden a bit faster than Kwiatkowski who scored 13.29: 13.26.

12:33Best time for Jungels

Bob Jungels (Trek) has bettered Kelderman in 13.22.

12:27Kwiatkowski has completed the course

First favourite to cross the line, Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) has scored 13.29, five seconds down on Kelderman. Here's a time of reference for Froome, Contador and co.

12:23Dauphiné favourites

France's daily sports newspaper L'Equipe rated the favourites of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Defending champion Chris Froome (Sky) leads the ranking with five stars, ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), four, Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Richie Porte (Sky) and Dani Moreno (Katusha), three, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), two, Simon Spilak (Katusha), Romain Bardet (AG2R), Dani Navarro (Cofidis) and Andrew Talansky...

12:21Boom very close to Kelderman

While 23 riders have crossed the finishing line, Wilco Kelderman has the best time in 13.24. His team-mate from Belkin, Lars Boom, is only three tens of a second adrift.

12:17Grivko: "There's a head wind to finish"

The riders were able to recon the course this morning during the hour preceding the start of the first rider. “It's a very nice course”, described Ukrainian rider Andrey Grivko. “At the end of the end, the power will count because of the hill that is almost one kilometer long. In the last part, there's a head wind that will also make a difference between the favourites. It's a real test for the GC riders. The most favourite of them all is Chris Froome because of the hill. On the other...

12:16King of the Mountain price

The fastest rider atop the Montée de l'Observance will be awarded the first polka dot jersey of the Dauphiné. Lars Boom (Belkin) has the best time up there for now.

12:14Gougeard on form

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R) had set a better time than Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) at the time check of the Montée de l'Observance (km 4,6) but he didn't finish so well. He's one of France's big hopes as he just won the French cup race Boucles de l'Aulne last Sunday. He was a double French champion for time trial as a junior and runner up in the U23 European championship, also for time trial. Gougeard, 21, is a neo pro.

12:02McGee: "It's very different from 2002"

In 2002, Lyon also hosted a race against the clock to begin the Dauphiné but it was a 3.2km prologue in the park of the Tête d'Or. Letour.fr spoke via Skype this morning with Bradley McGee who was the winner that day for FDJ and works now as a coach for the New South Wales Institute of Sport in Sydney, Australia, and directs the Australian national team at the different world championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games. “This race in Lyon has a special place in my memory”,...

11:59Huzarski in 13.43

First time recorded on the line: 13.43 for Huzarski.

11:53Nationalities at the start:

Nationalities at the start:
France, with 37 riders
Spain, 16
Italy, 15
Belgium, 13
The Netherlands, 9
Australia, 7
USA and Russia, 6
Germany, Great-Britain and Poland, 5
Colombia and Czech Republic, 4
Austria, Denmark and New Zealand, 3
South Africa, Canada, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, 2
Belarus, Croatia, Eritrea, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, 1

11:5134 nations competing

There are 168 riders on the start list of the Critérium du Dauphiné, from 21 teams and 34 different nations.

11:49Bardet fears the heat

It's a hot and sunny day today in Lyon with a peak forecasted at 35°. “The scorching weather conditions increase the unknown of this race”, said French up and coming climber Romain Bardet. “It's a first time for most of us to compete under the heat this year.”

11:48GC contenders to start early

Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) has recently finished 7th overall at the Giro d'Italia. He's the second rider on the starting ramp. Other GC contenders have chosen to race early, possibly to avoid the heat later on: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), at 11.58, Leo König (NetApp) at 12.06, Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) at 12.12, Romain Bardet (AG2R) at 12.20.

11:45First rider at the start

Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) is the first rider to start, at 11.45.

11:42Welcome to the Dauphiné

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 1 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné. It's a 10.4km individual time trial in the streets of France's second biggest city Lyon, also known historically as the capital of the Gauls.

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