Contador sails through Dauphine opener but stays concentrated on Tour de France

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) came through the opening stage of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné without any trouble, finishing safely in 39th with a big group containing the GC contenders. The Spaniard is racing for the first time in almost two months and conceded 59 seconds to stage winner and race leader, Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), but crossed the line on the same time as Sky's Chris Froome, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet and BMC Racing's Richie Porte.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.