Chavanel in the mix at Dauphiné

Sylvain Chavanel has had a break from racing since the Spring Classics, but come back to competition in top shape as his Critérium du Dauphiné prologue result has showed on Sunday. The Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider finished eighth in the 5.7km time trial, six seconds adrift of winner Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge). Chavanel is known to be a classy time triallist but his result is all the impressive as the Frenchman was also amongst the last riders to start on the Grenoble course, experiencing less favourable weather conditions to those who had preceded him.

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