Great-Britain's Stephen Cummings claimed his first ever stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné thanks to a 60-km long solo breakaway while his compatriot Chris Froome sealed his third overall win in the Alpine French race after 2013 and 2015 - the two years he also won the Tour de France. In a final rush, Romain Bardet and Dan Martin managed to move up to second and third overall respectively.
“It was a stressful and difficult stage. We took our responsibilities with Etixx but Cummings was very strong. I'm very happy to have pushed my limits to the maximum. I struggled a bit in the second last climb then I came across and I focused on the finishing line. Of course this is a confidence booster week and I surprised myself. Now I'll have to keep working in the right direction.”
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Criterium du Dauphine 2016 - 12/06/2016 - Etape 7 - Le Pont-de-Claix/ Superdévoluy (151km) - FROOME Christopher (TEAM SKY) - Vainqueur du Criterium © ASO/A.Broadway
The Grenoble-Alpes Metropolis is a major local authority player in this area that covers 49 municipalities and has a total population of 450,000. It has had a long-term partnership with universities and research institutes and is particularly involved in economic development and attracting new businesses to the area. In the south of the area, the town of Pont-de-Claix is the gateway to tourist destinations in the Oisans mountain range and the Mediterranean. The town has recently strengthened its position at the crossroads of the southern part of this territory by taking on a pivotal role in running the cantons of Vif, Trièves, Matheysine and Vizille and becoming a preferential development zone in the Grenoble urban area. The municipality runs alongside the Drac River and has nature sites and woodland areas to the east and west. The town of Pont-de-Claix grew up around industry and is still the main platform for the chemical industry in the area south of Grenoble (mainly Vencorex) and the major French site for Becton-Dickinson (over 1,600 employees).
Le Dévoluy, a sports and well-being destination, is a well preserved mountain range that lives in sync with the seasons. In the winter, its ski resort with 100 kilometres of runs and 32 ski lifts offers snow sports activities of all kinds including a 20-km snowshoe trail through superb countryside. In the spring, nature takes over again and provides an ideal natural setting for walking and hiking. Then in the summer there's no shortage of mountain activities: walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, climbing, via ferrata, caving… Without forgetting cycling! There are three access points into the mountain range via three passes, one of which, the Noyer Pass (1,664 m), is a first category climb: a great challenge for amateur cyclists who love big climbs. Le Dévoluy is two resorts, Superdévoluy and Joue du Loup, as well as many villages with long hours of sunshine for you to stock up on vitamin D. The wide, open valley and the surrounding mountains offer some stunning and impressive scenery to explore as a family or with friends!
Jersey wearers after the stage 7
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