Sivakov: It's a long way to the Tour de France

FRom R Team Ineos rider Great Britains Christopher Froome Team Ineos rider Colombias Egan Bernal and Team Ineos rider Russias Pavel Sivakov ride during the first stage of the 72nd edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 2185 km between ClermontFerrand and SaintChristoenJarez on August 12 2020 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
Pavel Sivakov follows Egan Bernal and Chris Froome (Image credit: Getty Images)

"We've got no need to worry," was Pavel Sivakov's straightforward message after Team Ineos' big hitters all struggled on the Critérium du Dauphiné's first stage in the high Alps to Saint Martin de Belleville. 

Team leader Egan Bernal was below his best and lost nine seconds to his GC rivals, while Geraint Thomas finished five minutes down and Chris Froome came in a quarter of an hour behind stage winner Davide Formolo (UAE Emirates) and the GC favourites, who were led in once more by Jumbo-Visma's Primoz Roglic.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).