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Critérium du Dauphiné 2013

Date range:
June 2- 9, 2013

June 04, Stage 3: Ambérieu-en-Bugey - Tarare 167km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Stage three of the Criterieum du Dauphine sees two climbs near the end of the 167 kilometers, but another mass sprint is expected today.

  1. 12:15:56 CEST

    Welcome back to the Dauphine! The first half of the stage is relatively flat, but there are two category three climbs near the end. Will that be enough to dump the sprinters, or will they take their chances again today?
     

  2. 12:17:51 CEST

    A four-man group has gotten away and currently has a gap of 6:15 on the peloton. The four are Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM), Jacob Rathe (Garmin-Sharp), Fumiyuki Beppu (Orica-GreenEdge) and Sander Cordeel (Lotto Belisol).

  3. 12:21:18 CEST

    Oops, forgot to say we still have about 111 kms to go.

  4. 12:24:24 CEST

    The quartet got away in the first kilometer. Their maximum gap was 6:50.

  5. 12:28:02 CEST

    What does today's stage look like? Take a peek here at the map and climbs.

  6. 12:32:40 CEST

    173 riders took to the start shortly after 10 this morning. The only non-starter was Chris Anker Sorensen of Saxo-Tinkoff.

  7. 12:39:36 CEST

    Jelle Vanendert of Lotto Belisol had to abandon the race yesterday, and now his Tour de France participation is in doubt. This season has not gone as he expected.

  8. 85.7km remaining from 167km

    12:44:23 CEST

    The gap has dropped ever so slightly and is now at 5:50.

  9. 12:49:24 CEST

    It seems unlikely that this break group will make it to the end. Flecha is only 1:57 down on GC so he is a danger to the leader.

  10. 12:57:57 CEST

    The leader of this race wears a blue and yellow jersey, and again today it is gracing the shoulders of Europcar's David Veilleux.

    1     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     7:56:50      
    2     Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:01:56      
    3     Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard     0:01:57      
    4     Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano            
    5     Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team            
    6     Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team            
    7     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling            
    8     Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling            
    9     Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team            
    10     Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling           

  11. 13:03:54 CEST

    There are in fact more than 50 riders in that 1:57 back group, including Alberto Contador, Thomas Voeckler, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Joaquim Rodriguez, Samuel Sanchez and Michael Rogers.

  12. 79km remaining from 167km

    13:07:37 CEST

    • Feed

    THe four leaders are at the feed zone, and the field is 5:40 back. The climbing will start soon.

  13. 13:12:18 CEST

    Europcar has gotten serious about the chase, and with help from Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff, has knocked the gap down to 5:05.

  14. 13:19:11 CEST

    61 km to go, a gap of 4:50 and the climbing has begun.

  15. 13:25:09 CEST

    The green jersey for the leader in the points ranking currently belongs to Gianni Meersman (OPQS), who has finished second in both stages.

    1     Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     24      pts
    2     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     20      
    3     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     15      
    4     Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard     12      
    5     Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team     10    
       

  16. 13:28:26 CEST

    We've been having some technical problems here but think things are going to work out now....

  17. 13:29:23 CEST

    Thomas Voeckler drops back to visit the race doctor's car. We don't know what the problem is.

  18. 55km remaining from 167km

    13:30:22 CEST

    The gap continues to tumble, and is now at the 4 minutes mark.

  19. 13:35:57 CEST

    Tony Martin (OPQS) has caught the stomach bug  that is apparently making the rounds. He wasn't sure he would start today, but has done so.

  20. 52.5km remaining from 167km

    13:37:21 CEST

    Did we say the gap is tumbling? It sure is! Now it is at 2:57!

  21. 13:40:59 CEST

    OPQS is now leading the charge, while the four leaders keep grinding away.

     

  22. 13:42:41 CEST

    Vini Fantini has handed back its invitation to the Giro di Lombardia this fall, in light of its two Giro d'Italia doping cases.

  23. 13:44:34 CEST

    Looks like the peloton is still all together -- it is a big group.

  24. 45km remaining from 167km

    13:51:10 CEST

    Cordeel, Beppu, Rathe und Flecha hit the top of the category three Col des Echarmeaux,with Flecha taking the points. The gap is now 1:53.

    Cordeel, Beppu, Rathe und Flecha hitthe top of the category three Col des Echarmeaux,with Flecha takingthe points. The gap is now 1:53. Version:1.0StartHTML:0000000167EndHTML:0000000638StartFragment:0000000449EndFragment:0000000622Cordeel, Beppu, Rathe und Flecha hitthe top of the category three Col des Echarmeaux,with Flecha takingthe points. The gap is now 1:53.

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  25. 13:53:03 CEST

    Sorry about that, as I said we ae having technical problems here....

  26. 13:53:57 CEST

    The best climber can claim a white polka dot jersey and today that is Thomas Damuseau of Argos-Shimano.

    1     Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano     55      pts
    2     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     40      
    3     Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     28      
    4     Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement     24      
    5     Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement     15     

  27. 13:56:14 CEST

    There was still more climbing to the top after the mountain ranking, and now the four leaders are over it all and descending, with a gap of of 1:16.

  28. 13:57:09 CEST

    Some great crowds along the road on the climb. They, and the peloton, are enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. We are not really used to seeing races in such lovely conditions!

  29. 13:59:59 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Beppu appeared to have some troubles on the descent, but they are all together again.

    The Japanese rider lives in this area, by the way, and his girlfriend is awaiting him at the finish. They are expecting their first child in September.

  30. 14:02:19 CEST

    OPQS still comfortably leading the chase. With 35 km to go and a gap of one minute, they are not at all worried.

  31. 14:04:28 CEST

    There is one intermediate sprint today, and it is coming up in a few kilometers.

  32. 14:06:08 CEST

    Flecha spent much of the day as virtual leader of the race, but now that is over.

  33. 14:10:12 CEST

    The field looks happy to let the gap hover around the 1.10 mark.

  34. 14:13:13 CEST

    And we will round the rankings out with the best teams:

    1     Team Europcar     23:54:24      
    2     Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:01:56      
    3     Sky Procycling     0:01:57      
    4     Radioshack Leopard            
    5     Movistar Team            
     

  35. 25.5km remaining from 167km

    14:14:30 CEST

    The four leaders come to the sprint, and the points go to Flecha ahead of Beppu.

  36. 14:18:27 CEST

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) isn't worried about stage wins or results here. More important to him are the feelings and confirmation of his good form.

  37. 14:21:38 CEST

    It looks like the end is nigh -- with 20 km to go, the gap is coming down and is now at only 30 seconds.

  38. 14:23:45 CEST

    There is still one climb to go, the Col des Sauvages. From the top it is 9.5 km to the finish line.

  39. 14:24:43 CEST

    With 17.5 km to go, Cordeel attacks out of the group. They can practically feel the peloton's breath at this point.

  40. 14:25:10 CEST

    Rathe gives chase.

  41. 14:26:44 CEST

    Flecha and Beppu are out of the picture now, as the other two have a big lead. Beppu is now caught by the field.

  42. 14:27:48 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Sky jumps to the front of the peloton.

  43. 14:28:28 CEST

    Rathe has fallen back and is now with Flecha. Actually, now they are now together with the peloton.

  44. 14:29:00 CEST

    Cordeel has started up the final climb, with a 17 second gap.

  45. 14:30:11 CEST

    Sky has done its job well,they will have Cordeel any second now.

  46. 14:31:33 CEST

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) jumps from the field. He is joined by Chavenel (OPQS).

  47. 14:32:43 CEST

    Tthings are moving quickly enough that some riders are being dropped off the back. Chavanel and Hoogerland no longer have a gap but are at the front of the field

  48. 14:33:16 CEST

    Tony Martin and Timmy Duggan are amongst those who have fallen back out of the field.

  49. 14:35:12 CEST

    Andrew Talansky may be ill, but at least he is still in the main group. Well, as we write that, we hear he has just dropped back.

  50. 14:35:29 CEST

    Laurent Didier of RadioShack attacks on the climb.

  51. 14:36:06 CEST

    Nacer Bouhanni really wants to win today but this climbing is not really his thing. He is hanging on so far, with at least one teammate at his side to help.

  52. 14:37:07 CEST

    And now a Lotto Belisol rider makes his way up to Didier.

  53. 14:38:21 CEST

    It is Bart de Clerq, who in fact passes Didier, who is only meters ahead of the peloton. Not that de Clerq has all that much of a led himself.

  54. 14:39:07 CEST

    But he does pull away at the top of the climb, and picks up four points as the first ne over. HIs gap is maybe 10 seconds.

  55. 14:39:50 CEST

    Chavanel leads the chase to catch him on the descent.

  56. 14:42:09 CEST

    De Clerq hangs on to his narrow lead. OPQS, Movistar, Sky, all near the front of the field.

  57. 14:42:56 CEST

    Almost over now for de Clerq, with 5km to go. Gianni Meersman of OPQS has a tiny gap on the peloton.

  58. 14:44:09 CEST

    Meersman moves up to de Clerq. The gap is not large, though.

  59. 25km remaining from 167km

    14:45:43 CEST

    2.5km to go and still the tiny gap for the two Belgians.

    Bouhanni moving up in the field.

  60. 14:46:01 CEST

    Not Meersman but Kwiatkowski.

  61. 14:46:23 CEST

    And thatÄs it. with 1.5km to go, the two are caught.

  62. 14:46:53 CEST

    BMC at the head of the field. Both Viviani and Bouhanni visible as they cross under the 1 km market.

  63. 14:47:27 CEST

    They make their way through one left hand turn and now another. On to the finish!

  64. 14:48:03 CEST

    GEraint Thomas leads the way, Michael Matthews jumps, followed by Boasson Hagen.

    And the Norwegian takes the sprint by a hair!

  65. 14:49:01 CEST

    Third place goes to Meersman, after two second-place finishes.

  66. 14:49:58 CEST

    Fellow Norwegian Thor Hushovd was also near the front, maybe fourth. Good to see him back in form.

  67. 14:51:38 CEST

    "I'm really happy," says EBH. "The team did a really great job."

  68. 14:52:02 CEST

    This is his third Dauphine stage win.

  69. 14:53:16 CEST

    Looks like Bouhanni got boxed in near the end, he finishes as 7th.

  70. 14:53:51 CEST

    The top ten GC remains unchanged.

  71. 14:57:38 CEST

    Top ten on the stage:

    1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
    4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
    5 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
    6 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano
    7 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
    8 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
    9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
    10 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team

  72. 15:00:14 CEST

    And the top ten in GC:

    1 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
    2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:56
    3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:57
    4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    5 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
    6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
    7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
    8 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
    10 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff

  73. 15:03:57 CEST

    These first three stages were easy ones. From here, things get fun!

    Tomorrow we have a pancake-flat 32.5km time trial, and Thursday the field will climb again, finishing off with a mountaintop finish atop an HC-ranked climb!

    Thanks for reading along and be sure to join us again.