Sunday June 15th, 2014

Stage 8Megève / Courchevel

Start 13h25 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary15.06.2014A big jump for Talansky, a springboard for Contador

In front of the ski jumping stadium of Courchevel, Mikel Nieve has saved the honor for Team Sky in a bad day for Chris Froome as he lost all his hopes to come back into the lead. But in another eventful stage in the mountains, it was Andrew Talansky who dethroned Alberto Contador and went for an epic ride to win the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné. For the defeated Spaniard, this race is however a springboard to the Tour de France.

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interview15.06.2014Andrew Talansky: «It's an absolute honour to win the Dauphiné»

“I didn't plan to do anything like this, especially today as it was the last chance for many teams to go and try to win a stage. We saw some riders attacking so Ryder and I went with them. Towards the end, we had the time gaps but I was trying not to think of winning the race but I focused on my ride only. Once I past the finishing line and I looked at the TV screen, that's when I realized I won. It's an absolute honour to win the Dauphiné. This is the biggest victory of my career so far...

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interview15.06.2014Alessandro De Marchi: «I've discovered a new passion»

“This King of the Mountains classification is a team award. I was feeling the fatigue today. I wasn't able to go up the road so my team-mate Kristjian Koren went in the break to do the mathematics. It's an enormous satisfaction to win the polka dot jersey. It's not something I experienced before but during this Dauphiné I've discovered a new passion for myself in this kind of goal. I might do it again, why not at the Tour de France, as I realize how important this jersey is for French...

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interview15.06.2014Vincenzo Nibali: «The team classification is important for
Astana»

“To win the team classification is important for Astana. It means the whole team was going very well. But today, personally I suffered. I've tried my luck but I was left with no energy after a week of racing at an extremely high level. I'm on the right path towards the Tour de France. There are still many days left until July 5. The Tour will be very hard, especially in the last two weeks, so I hope to be at my best at that time.”

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interview15.06.2014Mikel Nieve: «We were hoping to help Froome...»

“This was a very hard stage. It started very fast. We were hoping to help Chris Froome but he hadn't fully recovered from his crash. He suffered so I took my opportunity to win a stage and that makes me happy.”

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8

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