Criterium du Dauphine 2017

June 4-11, 2017, Saint-Etienne, Rhône-Alpes, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

Welcome to live coverage of stage 3 of the Criterium du Dauphine from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to Tullins

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  1. 11:35:04 CEST

    Good morning to you from stage 3 of the Dauphine. The riders are signing on and we're just 15 minutes away from the start. Thomas de Gendt is still in yellow after finishing safely in the bunch yesterday. 

  2. 11:39:56 CEST

    With less than a month to the start of the Tour de France, there is plenty of new tech on show at the Criterium du Dauphine. Why not check out what our reporter Josh Evans found out and about during the opening two stages. 


  3. 11:44:17 CEST

    Today is likely to be another opportunity for the sprinters in the pack. Yesterday Arnaud Demare was the king of the sprints in Arlanc. Can he do it again today? This is how things finished on stage 2 of the Dauphine. 


    1 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 4:13:53
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
    3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    4 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    5 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
    6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
    7 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    9 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
    10 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie


  4. 11:47:44 CEST

    Bryan Coquard will have been very disappointed with his result yesterday. The Frenchman is under a lot of pressure at the moment to try and secure a spot in the Direct Energie team for the Tour de France. L'Equipe has reported today that he needs a stage win at this race in order to secure that spot, although he tried to play things down a little when he spoke to Cyclingnews yesterday. Needless to say, he'll be desperate for a sprint win today. Coquard will be leaving the team at the end of the season. 


  5. 11:49:59 CEST

    The riders are massing at the start line in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The sun is out and we're almost ready for action. 


  6. 11:53:44 CEST

    The riders are off and making their way through the neutralised section. There will be a slight rise up before the peloton starts descending. We can expect a relatively fast start to today's proceedings. 


  7. 11:56:31 CEST

    Thomas de Gendt holds a 48-second lead in the overall classification this morning. Unless something goes seriously awry, and let's hope that it doesn't, we can expect his lead to remain intact by the eld of today. 


    1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 8:30:47
    2 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:48
    3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:03
    4 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:07
    5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:09
    7 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
    9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
    10 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits


  8. 11:59:30 CEST

    While there is sunshine above the riders at the moment, there is the potential for rain towards the end of the stage. There could be a bit of a crosswind too, although its unlikely to be too strong. 


  9. 12:03:05 CEST

    170 riders signed on this morning, while there were two non-starters. They were Eros Capecchi (Quick-Step Floors) and Floris De Tier (LottoNL-Jumbo).


  10. 12:06:59 CEST

    Arnaud Demare waving to the crowd earlier today. He would certainly be a popular winner today. 


  11. 12:11:46 CEST

    The start proper has been given and we're racing for real now. Six riders are already attempting to jump clear of the bunch. 


  12. 12:13:11 CEST

    The riders, who made the jump after two kilometres of racing are: Koen Bouwman and Alexey Vermeulen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Quentin Pacher and Edvaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence KTM).


  13. 12:17:03 CEST

    Koen Bouwman was in the breakaway yesterday and he sits second in the mountains classification. Thomas de Gendt leads the competition, but Bouwman is keeping the polka-dot jersey warm for him. With four classified climbs on offer today, he is looking to wear the jersey outright. 


    1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 17 pts
    2 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 9
    3 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 6
    4 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4
    5 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 3
    6 Delio Fernández Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 2
    7 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 2
    8 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1


  14. 12:20:36 CEST

    Alexey Lutsenko was also in the breakaway yesterday. He jumped over tot he move with about 70km remaining and was the last man standing, finally getting caught with three kilometres to go. He's obviously a glutton for punishment. 


  15. 12:24:07 CEST

    Riders are already stopping to answer the call of nature. A sure sign that they've let this break go. After less than 10 kilometres, the six up front have 2:10 on the peloton. 


  16. 12:30:26 CEST

    Andrew Talansky is at the Criterium du Dauphine this week as he plans a return to the Tour de France in July. Last year was a difficult one for the American, but it seems that things may well be back on track. Cyclingnews caught up with him yesterday to speak about his new-found confidence and his hopes for the Tour. You can read his full comments here

  17. 12:34:20 CEST

    A puncture for Siskevicius in the breakaway group. He should be able to get back on without too many problems. 


  18. 12:38:11 CEST

    The first climb of the day isn't for a little while. The fourth category Côte de Saint-Félicien comes at the 51.5km mark. It's a 2.1km climb that averages 4.5 per cent. All of today's climbs are either given a cat 4 or cat 3 ranking. No big ascents to tackle today. 


  19. 12:40:15 CEST

    Siskevicius is back with the other leaders. The six have now got a tidy cushion of just over four minutes on the peloton behind. 


  20. 12:43:59 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida has just announced that Sonny Colbrelli has extended his contract with the team for another season. Colbrelli finished fourth in yesterday's stage and took the lead in the points competition. Read what he said after yesterday's stage here


  21. 12:49:22 CEST

    We were expecting a bit of rain at the finish but race radio's Seb Piquet has reported that there are a few spots falling already. So much for it being June.


  22. 155km remaining from 184km

    12:52:48 CEST

    Six minutes is the latest time check for the leaders. 


  23. 12:57:02 CEST

    With that latest time check, Quentin Pacher has become the virtual leader. The Frechman was the best placed of the six escapees in the overall classification, starting the day 4:50 down on De Gendt. 


  24. 13:01:30 CEST

    Quentin Pacher is a second-year professional, after signing up with Delko Marseille Provence KTM last year. The 25-year-old has won the young rider classification at the Tour du Haut-Var and the mountains classification at the Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour. This is his first appearance at the Criterium du Dauphine. 


  25. 13:06:35 CEST

    The gap to the escapees continues to grow. The six men ahve 6:40 on the peloton after 40 kilometres of racing. 


  26. 13:10:16 CEST

    The average speed over the opening hour of racing has been a zippy 47.5kph. 


  27. 13:14:04 CEST

    Koen Bouwman in the polka-dot jersey at the head of the breakaway group. 


  28. 13:17:07 CEST

    Bouwman takes a step closer to taking the lead in the mountains competition as he passes the top of the Côte de Saint Felicien to take the lone point available. 


  29. 13:24:16 CEST

    Today's stage will cover a setion of stage 16 of the Tour de France. Between km 51 to 98, the riders will be on the section of course. 


  30. 13:26:53 CEST

    Bouwman notches up another point in the mountains classification. That brings him up to 11. With just three more points available today, he's not going to overhaul De Gendt's 17, but he can shut the gap just a little more. 

  31. 13:30:12 CEST

    The stage is also about to pass through Tournon-sur-Rhône where Fabio Aru took his stage victory last year. The Italian went on the attack on the descent and held off the chasing peloton in a thrilling finale. Here is Aru at the start this morning, he's unlikely to feature heavily in the finale today. 


  32. 13:37:03 CEST

    Alexey Vermulen is the youngest rider in today's breakaway at 22 years old. The American turned professional with LottoNL-Jumbo last season and has proved himself a promising talent. He finished third in the US national time trial championships last season.


  33. 118km remaining from 184km

    13:40:07 CEST

    The gap to the six escapees remains much the same as it has for the last hour at 6:45. 


  34. 13:52:16 CEST

    Today will not be the last chance for the sprinters, although the next few days will be primarily focused on the general classification riders. Stage 5 from La Tour-de-Salvagny to Mâcon will also be an opportunity for the fast men. 


  35. 13:57:03 CEST

    As the leaders pass through Tournon-sur-Rhone, the gap has dropped down to six minutes. Lotto-Soudal have been doing much of the work with a little bit of help from Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo, who are looking after Chris Froome and Alberto Contador respectively. 


  36. 14:04:55 CEST

    Richie Porte has had a good season so far with victories at the Tour Down Under and the Tour de Romandie. He's one of the favourites for the Criterium du Dauphine, but, as he told the official race website, the race is all about preparing for the Tour de France. 

    “It would be nice to win the Dauphiné of course,” said Porte. “Certainly I've had a great start of the season. I've won some nice races along the way but we'll see. The Dauphiné is a beautiful race in its own right. For me, it's just to see where I'm at before the Tour. It's a hard week of racing. It's an indicator of who is where.”


  37. 14:08:56 CEST

    The road has flattened out and the average speed has come down a little bit. It was 43.7kph in the second hour, making it 45.6kph overall. We're slightly ahead of schedule at the moment, but things are likely to slow a touch as the riders take on the next two climbs. A fast day nonetheless. 


  38. 14:13:26 CEST

    FDJ and Cofidis are patrolling things on the front of the peloton. They will probably be the most confident going into the final today. Demare was the winner yesterday but Bouhanni had a good surge of speed and it was positioning more than anything that let him down in the finish. He was blocked in when Alexander Kristoff tried to move into the wheel of Demare and had to settle for third. 


  39. 14:17:37 CEST

    Ordinarily, Bouhanni would be disappointed with third place but after suffering a pretty hefty concussion following a crash at the Tour de Yorkshire he was quite pleased with how he did, as he told the press after the stage


  40. 14:20:17 CEST

    The riders have passed the halfway point and are busy tucking into their lunch. As that goes on, the gap has been brought down to 4:45. 


  41. 14:24:27 CEST

    Dan Martin explained to the Letour website that rather than improving on last year, he's hoping to be not quite as good this time around to ensure he's stronger in the final week of the Tour de France. 


    “I was the first Irishman to make the podium of the Dauphiné last year but I'm here with the same idea as last year, just to try to do my best”, he said. “I don't know where my condition is. I trained well. I don't really come here with ambitions. It's the first year I've not really thought of the Tour de France a lot. We always come to the races to try and get a result of course. But I don't know how good I am yet before the climbs. I try to be a little bit less good than last year because I paid for it in the third week of the Tour last year, being so good at the Dauphiné. Obviously if there are opportunities I'm gonna take them.”


  42. 14:28:25 CEST

    The breakaway continue to push on as they peloton continue to close on them. As you can see, the clouds from earlier have gone and we've got blue skies for now. There is still a threat of rain later on, however. 


  43. 14:32:32 CEST

    The Criterium du Dauphine is not the only racing that is going on this week. There's also the Tour de Suisse this weekend and tomorrow sees the start of the Women's Tour. You can read our preview of the five-day race here


  44. 14:39:48 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin has not had much time to rest following his overall victory at the Giro d'Italia. He rode part of the Hammer Series last week and will be back in action at the Tour de Suisse. Team Sunweb also confirmed that Michael Matthews will be part of the line-up. You can see who else made the cut here


  45. 66km remaining from 184km

    14:45:57 CEST

    With 66km to go, the six leaders have just 3:50 on the peloton after having a maximum gap of close to seven minutes. No panic from the peloton, they have this well under control at the moment. 


  46. 14:51:00 CEST

    Coming up on the menu for the riders in about 17 kilometres is the third category Côte des Sarrets. It's the longest climb of the day at 2.9km and averages 4.9 per cent. There are two points available for the first rider over the top. 


  47. 14:58:56 CEST

    Looking forward to the likely sprint finish. The last kilometre has a couple of little rises but nothing too serious. It really is one for the pure sprinters. Demare and Bouhanni, as I mentioned earlier, are probably the main favourites. Alexander Kristoff will want to be up there too after finishing second yesterday, although he doesn't have the top-end speed of the other two. Other potential contenders today are Sonny Colbrelli, Bryan Coquard, and Ben Swift. Samuel Dumoulin got it all wrong yesterday but could get into the mix if he rides a better finale. Dimension Data has Edvald Boasson Hagen, but these types of finishes aren't well suited to him. 


  48. 15:03:25 CEST

    There has been lots of new shiny pieces of tech at the Dauphine this week. One of the things spotted was the new Spacialized Tarmac, which was being ridden by Dan Martin. Bora's Emanuel Buchmann has also been spotted on one. Haven't seen it yet? You can take a look at it here


  49. 50km remaining from 184km

    15:05:43 CEST

    Just over three minutes for the escapees now with 50km to go. 


  50. 15:10:55 CEST

    Anthony Turgis is the man on the front for Cofidis. He's strung out the bunch into one long line. Cofidis really want this today. 


  51. 41km remaining from 184km

    15:19:50 CEST

    The  chase is on but the peloton seems to have the break under control, with the gap down to 2:30 now.

  52. 15:20:38 CEST

    Katusha and FDJ continue to lead the chase in the hope that Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare can win the sprint.


  53. 15:23:40 CEST

    On a tight hairpin several opt to jump off their bikes and run across the grass, psrking a sudden cyclo-cross moment.

  54. 15:24:15 CEST

    Fortunately there are no problems for the riders and the chase is still on.

  55. 15:27:31 CEST

    The peloton reaches the top of the final climb - the côte des Sarrets, some 2:15 behind the break.

    The teams are trying to prottect their leaders near the front of the peloton before the descent towards the finish in Tullins.

  56. 15:29:51 CEST

    Koen Bouwman scored two more mountain points at the top of the côte des Sarrets, with Frederik Backaert taking one point for second place.


    He is closing on Thomas De Gendt but the Belgian will still lead the competition at the ned of the stage. As race leader De Gendt wears the yellow jersey, with Bouwman wearing the red and white jersey just for the stage.

  57. 31km remaining from 184km

    15:34:26 CEST

    The peloton is lined out on the fast descent, but the twisting roads allow the break to hold its two-minute lead. 

  58. 15:38:14 CEST

    The riders have little time to enjoy the stunning views across the French countryside. They're focused on holding the wheel in front of them as the peloton keeps up the chase.

  59. 15:41:02 CEST

    The overall contenders are trying to enjoy a quiet day and save their legs for Wednesday's time trial. 


    The 23.5km individual time trial covers a rolling course and any time differences will shape the mountain stages at the weekend.

  60. 25km remaining from 184km

    15:42:20 CEST

    Some riders are taking it steady on the twisting roads because some sectors in the shade are still wet after some rain.

  61. 15:43:55 CEST

    This high pace set by Cofidis has put some riders into a bit of trouble, including housewives' favourite Thomas Voeckler. He is fighting to get back onto the peloton with Adrien Nyonshuti. 

  62. 15:45:29 CEST

    The Cofidis rider on the front is done. He flicks his elbow for the Katusha rider behind to take over and sends himself into the grass. No panic for him though and he gets back onto the tarmac as if nothing had happened. 


  63. 22km remaining from 184km

    15:46:23 CEST

    FDJ now takes over the pace setting as the gap is reduced to 1:52 while the leaders head through Vinay. 


  64. 15:47:33 CEST

    A crash for Zurlo on the outside of a corner. It looks like he touched wheels with another rider. He's ok thankfully. 


  65. 15:49:11 CEST

    There is no one sprint team that is really controlling the peloton. Most of the sprint teams have a rider up front and they're all taking it in turns. With all the bends as they pass through town, the peloton isn't making many inroads into the advantage of the leaders. 


  66. 15:50:15 CEST

    As I wrote that, FDJ have started getting all their riders up towards the front. An overhead shot shows a FDJ train forming about three riders back. They're ready to pounce. 


  67. 15:51:38 CEST

    It has been a very fast day today and the riders are coming in just ahead of the fastest predicted average of 44kph. 


  68. 15:53:56 CEST

    By having a rider int he breakaway, Direct Energie have managed to get out of pace setting duties. They're keeping their legs a little fresher for the sprint. They need to be in the right place today, which they weren't in yesterday's finish. 


  69. 13km remaining from 184km

    15:55:50 CEST

    The breakaway is doing their best to keep the peloton at bay and Nauleau has had to do a few sprints of his own to keep in touch with his companions. They're doing well for now as the gap reduces but only slowly. They have 1:38 with 13km to go. 


  70. 15:57:27 CEST

    Katusha has put a few more riders on the front to try and put a dent into this lead. They probably expected it to be a slightly easier catch than this. Now that the road is leveling out following the descent they should have a bit more of an upper hand on the six out front, who must be tired by now. 


  71. 15:58:39 CEST

    We could be heading towards breakaway victory though if the peloton can't get their act together soon. With 1:30 still remaining between the group with 11km to go it's going to be touch and go. 


  72. 16:02:15 CEST

    It's hard to say who it might be if it was to come down to a sprint between the six leaders. It's been a long day int he break so there will be some tired legs. Nauleau or Siskevivius are possibly the two who have the best chance but who knows. 


  73. 7km remaining from 184km

    16:03:04 CEST

    There is a gentle crosswind brushing over the leaders and the peloton at the moment. The gap is falling a little quicker now with 1:20 separating the two groups with just over 7km to go. 


  74. 16:03:52 CEST

    Katusha are throwing everything at this chase at the moment while the other teams take a free ride for now. FDJ are right on their wheel while Dimension Data has a rider sitting in between the two teams. 


  75. 16:04:55 CEST

    The leaders get the chalk board with the time on it. With 6km to go it stands at 1 minute. Do they believe yet? They will have to work together if they want to make this work. 


  76. 16:05:45 CEST

    Everybody is pitching in here. Nobody is taking a free ride in the breakaway, even the teams with multiple riders in the move. 


  77. 4.6km remaining from 184km

    16:06:27 CEST

    The effort is visible on Vermulen's face as the sweat drips off his nose. 


  78. 16:07:15 CEST

    Katusha has finally given up the front as Soupe takes things up for Cofidis. The GC teams are also moving up to the front. 


  79. 16:07:56 CEST

    Thomas de Gendt is not too worried about things at the moment. He's chatting with Michael Valgren in the bunch. 


  80. 16:08:34 CEST

    The sprint teams have been muscled off the front as the leaders hit the 3km to go banner. Still 45 seconds for the six out front. 


  81. 16:08:58 CEST

    It looks like the breakaway might just make it.


  82. 16:09:36 CEST

    FDJ is not happy with the GC teams taking over the front and they have squeezed their way up the right of the bunch. They've got 40 seconds to bring back if they want another win. 


  83. 16:10:41 CEST

    The first little attacks are coming from the breakaway. One of the Delko Marseille riders has a dig but he's brought back quickly and normal service is resumed. 


  84. 16:11:01 CEST

    The leaders are into the final kilometre with 35 seconds over the peloton. 


  85. 16:11:33 CEST

    Vermulen is sitting on the front and keeping an eye on his opponents. He doesn't want anyone to jump hum. 


  86. 16:11:52 CEST

    The peloton can be seen right behind but with 300m to go it's too late. 


  87. 16:12:03 CEST

    Bouwman goes and he takes the victory. 


  88. 16:12:21 CEST

    Demare wins the bunch sprint behind with Coquard just behind him. 


  89. 16:13:36 CEST

    That was some very good work from LottoNL-Jumbo. Vermulen slowed things down enough before Bouwman went for it. 


  90. 16:15:37 CEST

    This is how it finished in the end there


    1 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    2 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
    3 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
    4 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
    5 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
    6 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
    7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
    8 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
    9 Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    10 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb


  91. 16:21:05 CEST

    That is Bouwman's first professional victory after stepping up to the professional ranks last season. A replay of that sprint from above shows just how well that worked for LottoNL. Vermeulen kept a nice steady pace into the final metres. Bouwman bided his time halfway down the group before launching his sprint with about 200 to go. He caught the rest by surprise and despite a concerted effort from Siskevicius he won by a clear margin. 


  92. 16:24:56 CEST

    The stage did little to the GC, which looks much the same as it did this morning. 

    1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 12:37:04
    2 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:00:48
    3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 00:01:03
    4 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 00:01:07
    5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
    6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 00:01:09
    7 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Emirates
    8 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
    10 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert


  93. 16:27:08 CEST

    Koen Bouwman winning stage 3 of the Criterium du Dauphine. 


  94. 16:29:48 CEST

    Bouwman's win is the fourth in the WorldTour for the LottoNL-Jumbo team after George Bennett in the Tour of California and wins for Primoz Roglic in the Tour de Romandie and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.


  95. 16:34:42 CEST

    Demare's sprint may not have earned him the stage win but it was enough to put him ahead of Colbrelli in the points classification. Demare is on 37 points while Colbrelli has 32. It's going to be a close-run thing for the victory in this competition. 


  96. 16:39:13 CEST

    An understandably delighted Bouwman had this to say after his victory. 


    “I still can’t believe. I know that my girlfriend, my parents and all my friends are looking on television and this is my first pro win, and it’s in the Dauphine too, which is a really big race. I can’t believe it.

    “I came here with the goal to go in the break. I’m not a rider who can go with the best climbers or best sprinters, so today we had a really strong breakaway, with everyone pulling very hard. Then, in the end, with 20km to go we believed we could make it. I told my teammate Alexey that I felt really strong and so he pushed really hard on the front. In the end I made it, and so I’m really happy. It was perfect.”


  97. 16:47:43 CEST

    Thomas de Gendt in the yellow jersey for another day. 


  98. 17:01:14 CEST

    Tomorrow's stage will be a time trial from La Tour-du-Pin to Bourgoin-Jallieu. De Gendt is likely to see his lead disappear, with the likes of Chris Froome and Richie Porte moving to the fore in the overall classification. Tony Martin will also be on the hunt for a stage win. 


  99. 17:08:55 CEST

    Full results from today's stage are available here along with a report and gallery. 


  100. 17:14:06 CEST

    With that, we bring to an end our live coverage for today. Be sure to tune in for coverage of tomorrow's time trial stage and we'll have the reaction from today's stage very soon. 


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