Contador wins brutal Criterium du Dauphine prologue

Porte second and Froome third

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) won the brutal uphill prologue of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday, beating Richie Porte (BMC) and Chris Froome (Team Sky). Unlike Froome, the Spaniard had opted to start late and risked the predicted rain, but it didn't fall, and he came home some 13 seconds quicker than Froome.

Porte, who was the penultimate rider to depart, split the pair with an effort just six second shy of Contador.

"It's a bit of a surprise to beat Froome and Porte, but I knew that I could do well. I didn't think that I could win," a happy Contador said after the stage.

The prologue for the Criterium du Dauphine was anything but easy with a four-kilometre climb that averaged more than nine per cent and hit gradients of up to 19. This was most certainly not for the time trial specialists and was an opportunity for the climbers to deal a physiological blow to their rivals ahead of the big mountain stages later in the race.

So it was a climber, Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida), that set the first benchmark time as he stopped the clock at 12:30. He didn't have long to wait until Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) kicked him off the hot seat. Yates was subsequently bettered by Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep). Alaphilippe, brimming with confidence from his recent Tour of California victory, put in a dominating performance to set a time of 12 minutes flat.

The big GC names were spread out over the second half of the stage, with some opting for earlier start times to avoid the rain that had been forecast for the latter part of the day. Froome was one of those that had selected an earlier starting slot, along with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). The defending champion came out of the traps quickly and by the time he hit the line he was the first rider to break through the 12-minute barrier with his time of 11:49.

"It was only a four-kilometre prologue, but that was really tough. There were gradients of 20 per cent, and I was running out of legs and just squeezing every bit out for the line," said Froome. "I'm happy with the numbers and the feelings I had on the bike. I'm in good shape but I've still got some work to do, and we're a month out from the Tour still. I'm glad that's out of the way.

"I had a look at the weather and in the last few days here it's been raining in the afternoons here. Also, I just thought it would be easier to just get up and race, rather than wait all day. It also gives me a bit more recovery for tomorrow."

Froome had plenty of time to contemplate what his tactics would be if he was in yellow at the end of the day as riders continued to cross the line but continually missed his benchmark. That was until the final riders began their rides. The first sign that Froome’s time was under threat was Dan Martin’s impressive showing to go just eight seconds short of the Team Sky rider.

Contador, who was the third-from-last rider to set off, had already caught his minute man Arthur Vichot (FDJ) before the halfway point. With no intermediate checks, it was a nervous wait until the Spaniard entered the final kilometre well ahead of Froome's time. By the time he reached the finish line, he was 13 seconds quicker than Froome. Porte was next to stop the clock, going six seconds short of the time set by Contador ensuring that the Tinkoff rider laid claim to the first leader's jersey of the race.

Monday's first road stage of the Criterium du Dauphine will take the riders from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas and should be an opportunity for the sprinters.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:11:36 
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:06 
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:13 
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:21 
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:24 
6Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:25 
7Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29 
8Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:31 
9Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:37 
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:39 
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:43 
12Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:00:44 
13Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:45 
14Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:46 
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:48 
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo0:00:49 
17Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:52 
18Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
19Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:53 
20Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:54 
21Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
22Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida  
23Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
24Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:55 
25Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
26Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:58 
27Daryl Impey (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
28Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:59 
29Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida0:01:00 
30Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:01:01 
31Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data0:01:02 
32Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
33Sebastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:01:03 
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:06 
35Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team0:01:08 
36Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
37Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:09 
38Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
39Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling0:01:11 
40Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky0:01:12 
41Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
42Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:13 
43Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
44Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:01:14 
46Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ  
47Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team0:01:16 
49Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:01:17 
50Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data  
51Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:18 
52Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:01:19 
53Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:20 
54Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
55Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:21 
56Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18  
58Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:22 
59Bart De Clerq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:23 
60George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:24 
61Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data  
62Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:26 
63Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
64Laurens de Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
65Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:28 
66Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:01:29 
67Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
68Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:32 
69Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
70Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida  
71Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:33 
72Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:34 
73Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:35 
74Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha  
75Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:36 
76Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:38 
77Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
78Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:40 
79Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team  
80Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:41 
81Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky  
82Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42 
83Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:43 
84Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:45 
85Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
86Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:01:46 
87Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky  
88Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data  
89Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
90Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:01:49 
91Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
92Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:50 
93Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
94Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
95Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:01:51 
96Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:52 
97Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:54 
98Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
99Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
100Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:55 
101Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:57 
102Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:59 
103Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:00 
104Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
105Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:02 
106Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:04 
107Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:05 
108Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
109Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:06 
110Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida  
111Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:07 
112Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie  
113Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:08 
114Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:02:09 
115Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:13 
116Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
117Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha  
118Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:02:14 
119Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
120Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
121Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:02:15 
122Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:02:16 
123Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:02:17 
124Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:18 
125Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
126Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha0:02:21 
127Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling  
128Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:22 
129Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
130Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team0:02:25 
131Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:27 
132Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:28 
133Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:02:29 
134Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team0:02:30 
135Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:33 
136Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:34 
137John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:35 
138Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:36 
139Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
140Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:02:38 
141Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:40 
142Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:02:43 
143Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:45 
144Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
145Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:46 
146Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:47 
147Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:48 
148Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:49 
149Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:02:54 
150Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky  
151Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:02:55 
152Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:56 
153Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 180:03:00 
154William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:03:04 
155Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:08 
156Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:03:09 
157Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:03:11 
158Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:13 
159Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:03:14 
160Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:18 
161Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha0:03:20 
162Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:03:22 
163Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:23 
164Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:25 
165Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:27 
166Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
167Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:31 
168Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step  
169Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 180:03:36 
170Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:38 
171Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:49 
172Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:50 
173Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling0:04:28 
174Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:34 
175Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:38 
176Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 180:05:07 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team15 pts
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team12 
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky10 
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step8 
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step6 
6Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky5 
7Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
8Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge3 
9Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team2 
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team10 pts
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team8 
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky6 
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step4 
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step2 
6Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky1 
Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:12:00 
2Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:07 
3Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:28 
4Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida0:00:30 
5Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:31 
6Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:35 
7Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida0:00:36 
8Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:45 
9Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:48 
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:00:53 
11Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:56 
12Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:57 
13Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58 
14Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:04 
15Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:01:05 
16Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff Team  
17Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:08 
18Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida  
19Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:14 
20Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:21 
22Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:26 
23Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:28 
24Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:31 
25Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:36 
26Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:01:43 
27Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:49 
28Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
29Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:01:50 
30Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:01:52 
31Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team0:02:01 
32Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:04 
33Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:02:19 
34Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:23 
35Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:02:30 
36Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:01 
37Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:07 
38Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:25 
39Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:26 
Team Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky0:36:10 
2BMC Racing Team0:00:32 
4Tinkoff Team0:00:55 
5Astana Pro Team0:01:17 
8AG2R La Mondiale0:01:33 
9Movistar Team0:01:38 
11Dimension Data0:01:50 
13Bora Argon 180:02:11 
14Lotto Soudal0:02:14 
15IAM Cycling0:02:39 
16Cannondale Pro Cycling0:02:44 
17Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:02:52 
18Direct Energie0:02:56 
19Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:09 
20Team Katusha0:03:28 
21Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:36 
22Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:56 

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