Criterium du Dauphine 2018

June 3-10, Valence, France, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

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  1. 12:01:43 CEST

    Cyclingnews live coverage is back, I hope you've all recovered from a dramatic finale to the Giro d'Italia last weekend. We've moved from Italy to France this weekend for the Criterium du Dauphine prologue. The first rider, Johan le Bon will be off in just under 10 minutes. 

  2. 12:10:04 CEST

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  3. 12:12:14 CEST

    The first three riders have started their efforts and it won't be long before we see how they have fared. For a full rundown of today's start times, click here.

     

  4. 12:15:51 CEST

    Niki Terpstra will be off in about three minutes. Here is the Dutchman warming up. You might also notice the fine weather behind him. 

     

  5. 12:18:04 CEST

    Le Bon has finished his time trial to set an early benchmark of 7:59. I expect that to be beaten pretty soon. 

     

  6. 12:19:00 CEST

    In the meantime, Pierre Rolland has just gone fastest at the intermediate check - there's something you don't say a lot. He's a second quicker than Le Bon and Cummings. 

     

  7. 12:21:24 CEST

    After posting the same time as Le Bon at the intermediate check, Cummings has taken 16 seconds out of him in the second half of the course. Cummings posts a time of 7:43.

     

  8. 12:23:17 CEST

    A tidy time by Pierre Rolland as he stops the clock at 7:52. Not bad from the Frenchman, but let's see how he stacks up against some of the other potential GC riders. 

     

  9. 12:24:11 CEST

    As I was typing, Alex Edmondson shaved another seven seconds off the fastest time. 7:36 for the Australian. 

     

  10. 12:25:28 CEST

    Victor Campenaerts is fast approaching the intermediate check. What can he do? The European champion was bitterly disappointed to miss out on a stage win at the Giro and he'll be giving it everything today. 

     

  11. 12:26:30 CEST

    Meanwhile, Zakarin has completed his run in a time of 7:43, which is exactly the same time as Cummings. A strong performance from the Katusha rider. 

     

  12. 12:27:42 CEST

    Campenaerts is three seconds off the pace at the intermediate, on the same time as Niki Terpstra, who has just finished his ride two seconds slower than Edmondson. 

     

  13. 12:29:24 CEST

    We have another TT specialist out on the road now with Jonathan Castroviejo. He'd have preferred a hill in the middle of this but let's see what he does. 

     

  14. 12:30:51 CEST

    Well, Campenaerts obviously still had plenty to give and takes nine seconds out of Edmondson in the second part of the course to beat him by six seconds. How long can he stay in the hot seat?

     

  15. 12:32:29 CEST

    Castroviejo is six seconds in arrears to Edmondson at the intermediate, which comes after 3.47km. 

     

  16. 12:34:56 CEST

    The women's peloton has also been time trialling today and put on a thrilling show at the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour. Ellen van Dijk put in a blistering performance to win the stage but it wasn't quite enough to knock Lisa Brennauer off the top spot in the GC. You can find the results here.

     

  17. 12:36:22 CEST

    Castroviejo also made up time on Edmondson in the second part of the course but it's not enough to overhaul Campenaerts. He slots into second with a time of 7:34. It seems that Edmondson either went out too hard or made an error in that second half. 

     

  18. 12:38:00 CEST

    Jos van Emden going well at just a second down at the intermediate. Meanwhile, Bob Jungels is getting ready for his effort. The Luxembourg rider will be off in just three minutes. 

     

  19. 12:39:43 CEST

    Quick-Step Floors have Julian Alaphilippe to come later today. He is their main GC rider but Jungels could be a dark horse at this race. 

     

  20. 12:41:19 CEST

    Somebody has been bashing on the calculator and the organisers tell us that Campenaerts averaged 53kph. That would put him over the speed limit on my road. 

     

  21. 12:42:11 CEST

    53kph is not fast enough though as Van Emden takes four seconds out of the European champion's time. He stops the clock at 7:26 to comfortably put himself into the lead. 

     

  22. 12:44:42 CEST

    As ever, it's all about measuring your effort in a time trial. We've seen several riders go faster in the second part of the course, compared to the first. 

     

  23. 12:46:46 CEST

    A decent run from Benjamin Thomas as he posts the same time as Castroviejo at the intermediate. The 22-year-old is a world champion on the track in the Omnium and Madison. 

     

  24. 12:48:51 CEST

    Alexis Gougeard has just rolled off the start ramp. He had some issues with his front brakes and was only on the ramp with 40 seconds to go. That'll get your heart rate moving.

     

  25. 12:49:54 CEST

    Bob Jungels stops the clock at 7:32, which is enough for third place. A solid effort from him. 

     

  26. 12:52:30 CEST

    We have a couple more time triallists coming up in the next five minutes. Mathias Brandle is just about to start and Neilson Powless will be off soon after. 

     

  27. 12:54:58 CEST

    Paddy Bevin went well and he puts in a time equal to Campenaerts on the finish line. He lies in provisional third place for now. 

     

  28. 12:56:46 CEST

    Edmondson remains top of the standings at the intermediate check but he's slipped down to sixth place now. 

     

  29. 12:57:58 CEST

    Brandle is just one second down at the first intermediate. Can he go faster in the second section too? Meanwhile, Guillaume Martin has just started his run. He's building up to the Tour de France after a fantastic performance in last year's race. His efforts helped secure Wanty Group Gobert a wild card for this year's race. 

     

  30. 13:00:04 CEST

    Powless also comes through the intermediate after 3.4km and is three seconds shy of the quickest time there of 3:53. 48 riders have passed through the check as things stand. 

     

  31. 13:01:40 CEST

    Daniel Teklehaimanot getting ready to start his run. He'll be wanting to just get through today and look forward to the mountains. He was dropped by Dimension Data at the end of last year and only secured a contract with Cofidis just before the Dubai Tour. He'll want to give them something back here. He's won the mountains classification at this race before. 

     

  32. 13:02:25 CEST

    At the finish line, Brandle lost some time compared to most of those around him and slots into fourth at five seconds down on Van Emden. 

     

  33. 13:03:53 CEST

    Van Emden is one of a few riders to come to the Dauphine having ridden the Giro d'Italia. Campenaerts also did it, though he didn't finish, and Astana's Pello Bilbao has also hot-footed it from Rome to the south of France. 

     

  34. 13:04:57 CEST

    Powless comes through the line with a time of 7:39, which is 13 seconds slower than Van Emden.

     

  35. 13:08:34 CEST

    Van Emden can probably settle himself into the hot seat for now. There are not too many riders in the next hour that are likely to threaten his place at the top of the standings. We do have some GC riders coming up soon with Nibali and Bardet setting off at 13:29 and 13:31 respectively. 

     

  36. 13:13:57 CEST

    Heinrich Haussler is due off at 13:51. He is riding the Dauphine for the first time since 2008 and looks set to start the Tour de France in support of Vincenzo Nibali. The last few years have been an injury battle for Haussler and he's happy to be back in the mix. we spoke to him before he traveled out to the race and you can read what he had to say here.

     

  37. 13:16:23 CEST

    Thomas De Gendt stops the clock at 7:59 which puts him in provisional 33rd place. He took a brilliant solo victory in last year's opening stage to give him a lengthy stint in the yellow and he'll be aiming to take another win here this week. 

     

  38. 13:19:15 CEST

    Dario Cataldo is 19 seconds down at the first check. Cataldo is a potential stage winner later in the week and will be key for Pello Bilbao, who is the team's main GC rider here. 

     

  39. 13:21:17 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali will be off in under 10 minutes. His time trial has improved over the years, and while he's unlikely to leave today with the stage win, the stage is a chance for him to put a bit of time into a few of his rivals. 

     

  40. 13:23:48 CEST

    Fabio Jakobsen, Carlos Verona and David Gaudu await their turn on the TT bike. 

     

  41. 13:26:36 CEST

    It will be interesting to see what Jakobsen can do this week. This is just his first year at WorldTour level but he already has three wins under his belt. 

     

  42. 13:27:31 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali gets his bike checked before his ride. 

     

  43. 13:31:38 CEST

    Romain Bardet sets off. Given his record in time trials, today is likely to be about damage limitation. 

     

  44. 13:34:31 CEST

    The later Tour de France means that many of the GC contenders have opted for the Tour de Suisse this season. Nibali, however, believes that the Dauphine remains the best place for him to make his final preparations. Read what he had to say ahead of the race, here.

     

  45. 13:35:22 CEST

    Nibali was 13 seconds slower than the fastest time of Edmondson at the intermediate check. Not too bad for the Italian.

     

  46. 13:36:14 CEST

    Bardet is not too far behind. He's given away just one second to Nibali in the first half of the course. 

     

  47. 13:38:20 CEST

    Nibali finishes the course in a time of 7:49, which is 23 seconds off Van Emden. Let's see what Bardet does in just a coupe of minutes. 

     

  48. 13:40:29 CEST

    It's worth noting that Jaime Roson finished the course a second slower than Nibali. Roson is one of two GC contenders for Movistar, alongside the Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler, who will be off with the last few riders. 

     

  49. 13:42:19 CEST

    Bardet actually makes up time on Nibali in that second part of the course. Well, colour me shocked. The Frenchman puts in a second on the Italian. Zakarin is only five seconds up on Bardet too so we've got a pretty level playing field in the GC at the moment. 

     

  50. 13:44:25 CEST

    Here is Bardet out on the road. Today was only a very short effort, but it was a solid ride from him considering some of the difficulties he's had in time trials - not least at last year's Tour de France. 

     

  51. 13:47:00 CEST

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  52. 13:52:00 CEST

    Coming up in the next five minutes we have Michal Kwiatkowski and Pello Bilbao. If he's on a good day, Kwiatkowski could trouble the top 10. Bilbao will be looking to get through this as close to his GC rivals as possible. 

     

  53. 13:52:02 CEST

    Coming up in the next five minutes we have Michal Kwiatkowski and Pello Bilbao. If he's on a good day, Kwiatkowski could trouble the top 10. Bilbao will be looking to get through this as close to his GC rivals as possible. 

     

  54. 13:54:49 CEST

    This is what the top five looks like as Kwiatkowski sets off for his ride. 

     

    1 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:07:26
    2 Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team 00:07:30
    3 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:07:30
    4 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 00:07:31
    5 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 00:00:32
     

     

  55. 13:58:19 CEST

    Adam Yates warms up. He'll be off in under 10 minutes. 

     

  56. 13:59:50 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski is going great guns at the moment. He's the first rider to match Edmonsdon's time at the first split. Can he do what Edmondson couldn't and hold that all the way to the line?

     

  57. 14:01:37 CEST

    Bookwalter puts in a solid time of 7:36 to provisionally go into the top 10. Meanwhile, Bilbao is just 12 seconds down at the first split. 

     

  58. 14:02:50 CEST

    Kwiatkowski sprints all the way to the line to go 1.6 seconds quicker than Van Emden and set the fastest time. In fact, he was sprinting for most of the final kilometre. 

     

  59. 14:05:04 CEST

    Here are the updated standings after Kwiatkowski's great run.

    1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 00:07:25
    2 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:07:26
    3 Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team 00:07:30
    4 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:07:30
    5 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 00:07:31
    6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 00:00:32
     

     

  60. 14:05:51 CEST

    Coquard channels his inner Thomas Voeckler as he drives for the line. He loses 20 seconds to Kwiatkowski but he'll be more concerned with the sprint stages to come. 

     

  61. 14:08:19 CEST

    Bilbao loses 21 seconds to Kwiatkowski, which is two seconds quicker than Bardet, showing that he's held his form coming out of the Giro d'Italia. 

     

  62. 14:10:58 CEST

    Adam Yates going well and he loses just 10 seconds at the first intermediate. He's one of the strongest GC guys out there at the moment. 

     

  63. 14:14:02 CEST

    Adam Yates crosses the line 21 seconds down on Kwiatkowski which puts him on the same time as Bilbao. 

     

  64. 14:16:17 CEST

    Here is Kwiatkowski, or Kawasaki as his teammates sometimes call him, during his effort. That was a strong ride from the Polish national champion and it will be hard to beat but his teammate Geraint Thomas is still to come. 

     

  65. 14:18:30 CEST

    Dan Martin has just set off for his ride. Where will he slot into the GC riders. Martin, unlike his namesake, is not a fan of the time trialling discipline. 

     

  66. 14:21:09 CEST

    Less than 20 riders left to start and we have a whole host of GC contenders still to come, including Marc Soler, Julian Alaphilippe, Emanuel Bucchmann, Pierre Latour and Geraint Thomas. 

     

  67. 14:22:17 CEST

    Hugo Houle will be the final rider off the ramp at 14:40. 

     

  68. 14:23:48 CEST

    Lars Boom sets off. Boom hit the headlines for the wrong reason last month when he was disqualified from the Tour of Norway for punching a rider. He later apologised for his actions. 

     

  69. 14:24:54 CEST

    Gianni Moscon stops the clock three seconds slower than his teammate Kwiatkowski. That's enough to put him into third place for now. 

     

  70. 14:26:27 CEST

    Dan Martin comes through the finish line and gives away 28 seconds. that puts him behind the likes of Nibali and Bardet but not too far, which he'll be relatively pleased about. 

     

  71. 14:28:29 CEST

    South African champion Daryl Impey is out on course. He could threaten Kwiatkowski's time, but let's see. 

     

  72. 14:31:46 CEST

    Lars Boom tries to get in as much air as he can as he powers to the line. He's 14 seconds down on Kwiatkowski as he stops the clock. A solid effort from the Dutchman. 

     

  73. 14:32:25 CEST

    Further up the course, Julian Alaphilippe is on his way. That goatee doesn't particularly aero. Maybe it is, I haven't really done the tests due to my inability to grow a beard. 

     

  74. 14:34:13 CEST

    Jesus Herada sets off and it looks like he's got a problem with the zip on his skinsuit. It looks like it may have broken and it is held together with safety pins. Skinsuits are tight and they're known for going bust at just the wrong time. He was unlikely to be in the mix anyway but that will not help his time. 

     

  75. 14:35:18 CEST

    Warren Barguil finishes the course. It's not a great time from the Frenchman as he gives away 49 seconds to Kwiatkowski, which is about 25 seconds to most of the GC riders. 

     

  76. 14:37:48 CEST

    Just four riders left to start now

     

  77. 14:38:55 CEST

    A very good ride from Alaphilippe, who is just 14 seconds off Kwiatkowski's time. Maybe I was wrong about the facial hair...

     

  78. 14:40:24 CEST

    Marc Soler hits the line 20 seconds off the fastest time, which is one second quicker than Bilbao. Soler has had a great season so far in 2018. 

     

  79. 14:42:12 CEST

    Despite the safety pined skinsuit, Herrada manages to lose just 26 seconds, though it could have been less had he not free wheeled across the line. Meanwhile, Jens Keukeleire crosses the line just nine seconds down. A very good ride from him. 

     

  80. 14:42:38 CEST

    Crash

     

  81. 14:43:08 CEST

    Geraint Thomas hits the deck going around a corner. He looked like he was going well but that will lose him a hat full of time. 

     

  82. 14:44:57 CEST

    Thomas missing bits of skin and skinsuit but he looks ok. A few expletives were issued as he got back on his bike. More frustrated than anything else I reckon. 

     

  83. 14:46:06 CEST

    Latour gives away 26 seconds on the line. He'd have hoped for a little bit better.

     

  84. 14:46:57 CEST

    Thomas finishes his ride losing 21 seconds to Kwiatkowski. You'd have to imagine that he'd have been well up there with his teammate if he hadn't crashed. 

     

  85. 14:48:14 CEST

    It could have been much worse for Thomas though. His head rattled around as he went down almost face first. Fortunately, he managed to avoid hitting his head on the ground but he came down hard. 

     

  86. 14:48:43 CEST

    Hugo Houle crosses the line 22 seconds down to complete the prologue. 

     

  87. 14:49:10 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski is the winner of the prologue and the first wearer of the yellow jersey. 

     

  88. 15:01:25 CEST

    This is how today's stage finished and it is also how the GC looks. 

     

    1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 00:07:25
    2 Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 00:07:26
    3 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 00:07:28
    4 Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team 00:07:30
    5 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:07:30
    6 Mathias Brandle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 00:07:31
    7 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 00:07:32
    8 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky 00:07:34
    9 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal 00:07:34
    10 Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 00:07:36
     

     

  89. 15:09:10 CEST

    “After 40 days without racing of course it is a bit of a surprise but I know how hard I was training to be in a good shape here at the Dauphine and also preparing for the Tour. You have to always come to the start thinking about the win or otherwise you’re not able to perform well," Michal Kwiatkowski said after his win. 

     

    "[On Thomas crash] I know where it happened. It was on a really fast bend and you had to be really careful. I hope that he’s alright because I know that G can fight for the win in this race. I hope that he is ok.

     

    "Both of us, Geraint and myself have come here to see how the shape is growing before the Tour and it’s of course my advantage to win the prologue but the harder stages are at the end of the race. There are some hard mountain finishes and a team time trial. For sure, we’re looking forward to race hard but at the moment I just want to enjoy this victory. It was my birthday yesterday and as well this is probably the last time trial in the national jersey. I will try to defend it at the national championships in a couple of weeks but it is always a nice feeling.

     

    "It’s going to be difficult [at the end of the race]. The transition I have to make from spring where I had to perform in the classics and now preparing for the Tour. I was training for two weeks at an altitude training camp, getting ready for the climbing. Let’s hope that I can find my legs and if it isn’t here then hopefully at the Tour."

     

  90. 15:25:19 CEST

    This is how Thomas looked after crossing the line earlier on.

     

  91. 15:38:21 CEST

    We caught up with Thomas after his crash and you can read his full comments here.

     

  92. 15:43:45 CEST

    A full recounting of today's action is available in our report along with results and photos. You can find it all here.

     

  93. 15:45:12 CEST

    That is it from our live coverage of today's stage. We'll be back tomorrow for stage 1, make sure to tune in. 

     

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