Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis added a fourth World Tour victory to his account as he claimed stage 1 in the Critérium du Dauphiné after he found success at Paris-Nice and the Volta Catalunya earlier this year. The Frenchman outsprinted Ireland's Sam Bennett and Belgium's Jens Debusschere in Saint-Vulbas while Alberto Contador retained the yellow-blue jersey.
“I'm really happy to have won today. It was Cofidis' objective to get a stage win at the Dauphiné. Showing my fist on the finishing line was a tribute to Mohammad Ali. I had told [team-mate] Cyril Lemoine that I'd do so if I managed to win a stage. He meant a lot to me. He was a true legend. In the finale, we were very close to each other, [Christophe] Laporte and [Jacopo] Guarnieri, [Alexander] Kristoff and I too, but Sam Bennett made his effort, I passed him in the last 100 metres and I...
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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 06/06/2016 - Etape 1 - Cluses/ Saint Vulbas (186 km) - ALAPHILIPPE Julian - ETIXX-QUICK STEP, Maillot blanc © ASO/A.Broadway
The Criterium du Dauphiné is back in the capital of the Arve Valley! Cluses (pop.19,000), in the heart of the Haute-Savoie business sector (with its world-renowned bar turning industry for turning and machining of small micro-mechanics parts) and within close proximity to fantastic mountain landscapes, is planning a very warm welcome for the first stage of the 2016 Criterium to Saint-Vulbas. The Cluses area is great territory for both amateur and racing cyclists to explore and test their mettle either on the flat or in the mountains. Every July, Cluses is the start town for the “JPP Neuf de Cœur” bicycle touring event, which attracts over a thousand participants on a route that takes them up to the Les Carroz resort. The event offers four circuits of 68, 90, 110 and 130km and is listed as one of the 50 most beautiful bicycle touring events in the world by the magazine Le Cycle. Cluses is definitely a great place for cycling! Welcome to all of you!
The Plaine de l'Ain Federation of Municipalities is a group of 33 communes from three cantons (Ambérieu-en-Bugey, Lagnieu and Meximieux). It covers a total population of around 68,000 who benefit from its pooled skills. The Plaine de l'Ain is particularly delighted for its many cycling fans to be hosting the finish of a stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné. It's also a great showcase for our local area. The finish in Saint-Vulbas, in the heart of the Plaine de l'Ain Industrial Park, very close to the Bugey nuclear power station, gives an image of a successful local economy and the opportunity to discover a region that is looking to the future with major projects such as Transpolis, the urban mobility lab for tomorrow's transport, the knowledge district in Ambérieu-en-Bugey where the Fab Lab and co-working centre are being built for further education and engineering studies in a project managed by ECAM (the Catholic School Professional Arts and Crafts) in Lyon. The Plaine de l'Ain Federation of Municipalities is also planning to develop tourism around the outstanding River Ain with its many châteaux and prominent sites and events such as the medieval walled town of Pérouges, the Ambronay Festival (European leader of Baroque music), the Pérouges spring festival, where Johnny Halliday will be performing this year. There is also the Rhône-Alpes Horse Park along with many other smaller sites, shows and events to enjoy with family or friends, and finally there are plans to build a “Petit Prince Centre" in Saint-Maurice-de-Rémens where Saint-Exupéry used to take his holidays. The elected members of the Plaine de l'Ain Federation of Municipalities wanted to host the finish of a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Saint-Vulbas. This ambition symbolises its desire to give pride of place to its big brother “the Tour de France” in the near future.
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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