Froome wins finale and overall title at Critérium du Dauphiné

Chris Froome (Sky) claimed his second win in as many days at the Critérium du Dauphiné to snatch overall victory away from Tejay van Garderen (BMC) on the final stage to Modane Valfréjus.

Van Garderen began the day in the yellow jersey with an 18-second lead over Froome and he stuck tightly to the Sky man on the lower slopes of the final haul to the line in anticipation of his inevitable attack.

When it eventually came, with a little over 2.5 kilometres remaining, it felt almost like a rerun of the previous day’s finale at Saint-Gervais. Wouter Poels once again laid the groundwork for Froome with an impressive stint of pace-making that whittled down the yellow jersey group, and only van Garderen could put up any initial resistance to the acceleration as they swept past earlier attacker Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka).

Fatally, Van Garderen was never quite able to make contact with Froome’s wheel, and although he stalked him at a remove of just 75 metres or so for almost a kilometre, he eventually yielded on the upper slopes.

As a seated Froome forged clear while spinning his legs at an improbable cadence, van Garderen was joined by Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and the hugely impressive Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) but they were losing ground all the way.

Froome pointed to his jersey as he crossed the line, already confident the ten-second time bonus for the stage win would help to overall honours as well. Van Garderen came home exactly 18 seconds later, in fourth place behind Yates and Rui Costa. For the second time in three years, the Critérium du Dauphiné is Froome’s. For the fourth time in five years, the race belongs to Team Sky.

“I can’t believe it. I couldn’t have expected it to go any better,” Froome said as he warmed down ahead of the podium ceremony. "The legs were tired and the team was suffering from their work yesterday, I don’t know how they did it, but they lifted themselves because the yellow jersey was in sight.”

Van Garderen had to settle for second place overall, ten seconds down on Froome, while Rui Costa – cycling’s Mr. June, who has won the Tour de Suisse in each of the past three years – helped himself to third place overall, 1:16 down, after Benat Intxausti (Movistar) lost ground on the final climb.

The defiant Simon Yates, meanwhile, won out in his private duel with Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) for the white jersey of best young rider and helped himself to 5th overall in the process, just 1:33 down. The 22-year-old again raced with an utter lack of inhibition, jumping away from some illustrious company in the finale and he will be one to watch as he lines up for his second Tour de France appearance next month.

Tony Martin’s cameo

As on Saturday, there were no fewer than six classified climbs on the route of the Dauphiné’s final stage, though the terrain was, by and large, rather less intimidating. The early exchanges were animated by a 13-man breakaway group triggered by Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo), though their unity was shattered when Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) powered away from them on the descent of the third climb, the Côte de Saint-Georges-d'Hurtières, with 75 kilometres still to race.

The German was bidding to replicate his remarkable solo victory on similar terrain in the Vosges at last year’s Tour de France and he approached the 17 hairpin bends of the Lacets de Montvernier with a lead of a 1:30 over his erstwhile companions and some four minutes over the main peloton, which was being led by Team Sky.

Although Martin maintained much of that advantage on the short but spectacular climb, he began to pay for his efforts on the seemingly interminable false flat that led the day’s final two climbs, the relatively gentle Côte de Saint-André and the more demanding 8.4km haul to the finish at Modane. He was eventually caught by the survivors of the break on the Saint-André, where Cummings launched a canny attack of his own, while Philip Deignan put in a huge stint at the head of the yellow jersey group in support of Froome.

By the base of the final climb, Cummings was 1:20 clear of a dwindling peloton but his advantage began to dissolve when Vincenzo Nibali put in a long, long turn on the front in support of his Astana teammate Michele Scarponi’s ambitions to win the stage.

Scarponi’s attack with 5.5 kilometres to go never looked like a race-winning one, but it did force something of a selection as van Garderen lost Rohan Dennis, his final accompanying teammate. Froome, by contrast, still had Wouter Poels, and the Dutchman’s tempo in the last five kilometres reduced the yellow jersey group to an elite few – Froome, van Garderen, Bardet, Yates, Rui Costa, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Scarponi and Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) – and all but snuffed out Cummings’ hopes of the stage win.

When he swung off, Froome took over, and despite van Garderen’s stout resistance, overall honours eventually fell to the Sky man, who has restated his Tour de France credentials this weekend after a mixed opening to the season. “Up until now I’ve just been looking to the end of the Dauphiné,” he said. “Of course the Tour de France is the big objective, and I’m almost ready.”

 

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky3:59:27
2Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:00:18
3Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:28
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:31
8Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:44
9Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 8 - Cell 2
10Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:52
12Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:01:35
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 14 - Cell 2
16Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:46
19Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:57
21Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:03
22Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:12
23Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.frRow 22 - Cell 2
24José Mendes (Por) Bora-Argon 180:02:22
25Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:56
27Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:03:13
28John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team0:03:29
29Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:44
31Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:51
32Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:03:55
33Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:04
34Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 33 - Cell 2
35Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:09
39Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdgeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Stef Clement (Ned) IAM CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:20
42Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:04:48
43Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 42 - Cell 2
44Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling0:05:02
45Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:05:12
46Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:05:23
47Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:38
48Eduard Beltran (Col) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:05:56
50Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:38
51Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge0:07:09
54Jose Rodolfo Serpa (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - QhubekaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 57 - Cell 2
59Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jan Barta (Cze) Bora-Argon 18Row 59 - Cell 2
61Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 60 - Cell 2
62Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:28
63Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:08:11
65Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:58
66Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:11:08
67Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 66 - Cell 2
68Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Bora-Argon 18Row 68 - Cell 2
70Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 69 - Cell 2
71Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 70 - Cell 2
72Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Johan Van Summeren (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 72 - Cell 2
74Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdgeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:11:27
77Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:12:48
78Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:12:55
79Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:13:10
80Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 180:13:13
82Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:14:01
83Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 82 - Cell 2
84Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 83 - Cell 2
85David Tanner (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 85 - Cell 2
87Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team0:15:08
91Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:16:05
92Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:20:04
93Rein Taaramae (Est) Astana Pro Team0:20:06
94Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team KatushaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar0:20:23
96Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 95 - Cell 2
97Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:20:58
98Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:22:31
99Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:22:32
100Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:23:20
101Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 100 - Cell 2
102Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 101 - Cell 2
103Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 102 - Cell 2
104Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 104 - Cell 2
106Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 106 - Cell 2
108Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 108 - Cell 2
110Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - QhubekaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 111 - Cell 2
113Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.frRow 114 - Cell 2
116Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 115 - Cell 2
117Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 116 - Cell 2
118Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 117 - Cell 2
119Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdgeRow 119 - Cell 2
121Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory RacingRow 120 - Cell 2
122Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team KatushaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 125 - Cell 2
127George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 126 - Cell 2
128Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 127 - Cell 2
129Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
132Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFBjorn Thurau (Ger) Bora-Argon 18Row 133 - Cell 2
DNFTony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFNiki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.frRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFJosé Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFPieter Serry (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 138 - Cell 2
DNSLuke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 139 - Cell 2
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Points - Finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky15pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte d'Hery-sur-Ugine
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar5pts
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Côte d'Aiton
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka1
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Mountain 3 - Côte de Saint-Georges-d'Hurtières
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team2pts
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Lacets de Montvernier
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step5pts
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Côte de Saint-André
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka2pts
2Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 6 - Modane Valfréjus
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky10pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge3:59:45
2Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10
3Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:39
4Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:38
5Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge0:02:55
6Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:26
7Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:46
8Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Eduard Beltran (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo0:05:20
10Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:06:51
11Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:10:50
12Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:13:43
13Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar0:20:05
15Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:23:02
16Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.frRow 19 - Cell 2
21Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdgeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 23 - Cell 2
25George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-JumboRow 24 - Cell 2
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team12:03:22
2Lampre - Merida0:01:32
3Team Sky0:01:39
4Bora-Argon 180:01:52
5Orica Greenedge0:02:39
6Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:46
7Team Cannondale-Garmin0:04:25
8Ag2r La Mondiale0:06:09
9IAM Cycling0:06:13
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