Criterium du Dauphine: Bouhanni wins in Saint-Vulbas

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) used his sprinting skills and a late surge to win the first road stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in Saint-Vulbas.

The 186km stage was a quiet affair but exploded in the final two kilometres as the Cofidis and Katusha trains clashed at high-speed, as they fought to control the lead out.

Bouhanni is not afraid to fight for a wheel and first clashed with Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), banging shoulder, handlebars and heads as they fought for the leadout wheel. He eventually let the Norwegian sit on his teammate but then jumped on Sam Bennett’s wheel – as the Irishman started his sprint early, and then accelerated past the him to win.

Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) came through to finish second in the sprint, with Bennett holding on for third place. Kristoff was blocked in during the sprint to the line and finished out of the top ten.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) finished safely in the peloton and so kept the overall race lead he secured by winning Sunday’s uphill prologue time trial. He leads Richie Porte (BMC) by six seconds, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) third overall at 13 seconds.

Froome was also involved in a scare in the final three kilometres as rider’s clashed and moved across the road. The Briton twice went close to losing his balance but stayed up and finished safely in the peloton.

Bouhanni le Boxeur

Bouhanni celebrated his eighth victory of the 2016 season with a series of boxing gestures after he crossed the line, dedicating his victory to boxer Mohammad Ali, who recently passed away. He combines boxing training with his winter training and revealed via social media that the only photo on show at his home is one of Ali.

"I said I wanted to dedicate a win to Muhammad Ali, It may not be a big thing but he represented a lot to me," Bouhanni said immediately after his win.

"I really happy, I wanted to win a stage at the Dauphine and now I’ve done it. In the sprint we touched quite a lot, including me with Kristoff. Bennett then launched up the right side and so I made my effort and I hung on in the last hundred metres."

"This is my fourth WorldTour win this season and my eighth win so far. I’m motivated by the big races, like the Dauphiné, the Tour de France. There will probably be another two sprints here, so we will try to win again."

A series of jabs before a final knockout blow

The 186km from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas took the 176-rider peloton from the French Alps to the banks of the Rhone river. Described as a flat stage, the first half of the day included three category four climbs but the riders enjoyed plenty of descents and valley roads as the race left the mountains for a day and headed west.

The two worked well together and quickly opened a four-minute lead on the peloton. At this point the Tinkoff team stepped in and took up the steady chase to keep the two in check. With Backaert losing 2:45 to Contador on Sunday’s uphill prologue time trial, he became the virtual race leader out on the road.

Backaert swept up the mountain points as the duo rolled along. However with only a single point awarded on each climb, he is no challenge to Contador, who kept the lead the climber’s competition. Of course, with Contador wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, Chris Froome (Team Sky) wore the polka-dot jersey today but Porte will wear it on Tuesday because he is second in the climber’s competition.

The sprinter’s teams took over the chase from Tinkoff at the mid-point of the stage, with Cofidis and Katusha doing a lot of the work. Their efforts paid off as the gap came down gradually, ensuring that the stage would finish in a sprint.

Docker sat up with 20km to go, with Backaert caught a little later, with 13km to go. At this point the speed was high, lining out the peloton, but the sprinter’s teams tried to avoid riding on the front, allowing the Tinkoff and Team Sky squads to control the peloton before a vital left turn with two kilometres to go.

Froome avoided a spill just before the corner and after it the gloves came off, as the Cofidis and Katusha teams clashed three times, with riders banging shoulders, handlebars and heads as they fought for position. Katusha won the fight to position Kristoff but then Bouhanni hit back with his kick to follow Bennett.

Like his celebrations, Bouhanni’s sprint was a series of jabs before a final knockout blow.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4:27:53
2Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
5Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
6Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
8Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
9Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
10Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
12John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
13Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
14Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling
17Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
18Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
19Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
20Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
21Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
22Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
23Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
24Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
25Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
26Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
27Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
28Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
29Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
30Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
31Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team
32Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
33Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
34Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
35Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
36George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
37Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
38Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida
39Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
40Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team
41Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
42Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha
43Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
44Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
45William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
46Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
47Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
48Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
49Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team
50Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
51Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
52Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step
53Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling
54Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
55Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling
56Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
57Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
58Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
59Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
60Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
61Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida
62Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
63Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ
64Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
65Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
66Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
67Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
68Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
69Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
70Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling
71Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
72Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
73Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
74Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
75Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
76Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
77Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
78Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
79Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18
80Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
81Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
82Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
83Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
84Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team
85Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
86Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team
87Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
88Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
89Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky
90Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
90Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
92Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
93Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
94Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
95Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
96Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
97Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
98Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
99Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
100Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
101Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
102Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
103Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team
104Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
105Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
106Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
107Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida
108Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
109Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo
110Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
111Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
112Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step
113Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
114Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
115Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
116Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
117Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
118Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
119Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
120Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
121Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
122Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
123Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18
124Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team
125Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
126Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step
127Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
128Alberto Losada (Spa) Team Katusha
129Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
130Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:18
131Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:26
132Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data
133Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida0:00:28
134Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
135Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
136Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
137Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
139Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:35
140Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling
141Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
142Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team
143Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
144Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:00:44
145Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:58
146Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:01:00
147Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
148Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
149Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
150Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
151Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
152Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
153Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
154Angel Vicioso (Spa) Team Katusha
155Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
156Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
157Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team
158Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
159Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension Data
160Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
161Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team
162Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team
163Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
164Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
165Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
166Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal
167Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
168Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
169Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
170Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:28
171Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:01:39
172Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:03
173Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:40
174Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
175Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:52
176Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:06
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits25pts
2Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal22
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 1820
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data18
5Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling16
6Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo14
7Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie12
8Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling10
9Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge8
10Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo6
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Mountain 1 - Côte de Mornex - 31.0 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1
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Mountain 2 - Côte de Sallenôves - 68.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1
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Mountain 3 - Côte de Chilly - 75.0 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1
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Mountain 4 - Côte de Prémeyzel - 134.0 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo4:27:53
2Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
3Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
4Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
6Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
7Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18
8Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida
9Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
10Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
11Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
12Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
13Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
14Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
15Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18
16Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
17Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
18Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
19Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
21Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
22Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
23Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
24Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
25Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida
26Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
27Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
28Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
29Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
30Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida0:00:28
31Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:01:00
32Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
33Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
34Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff Team
35Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team
36Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
37Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
38Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:28
39Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:01:39
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dimension Data13:23:39
2IAM Cycling
3Team Giant-Alpecin
4Bora-Argon 18
5AG2R La Mondiale
6Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7Team Katusha
8BMC Racing Team
10Lotto Soudal
11Astana Pro Team
12Movistar Team
13Team Sky
14Lampre - Merida
15Cannondale Pro Cycling
16Etixx - Quick-Step
17Wanty - Groupe Gobert
18Direct Energie
21Cofidis, Solutions Credits
22Tinkoff Team
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team4:39:29
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:06
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:13
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:21
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:24
6Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:25
7Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29
8Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:31
9Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:37
10Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:39
11Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:43
12Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky0:00:44
13Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:00:45
14Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:46
15Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:48
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo0:00:49
17Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:52
18Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
19Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:54
20Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
21Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida
22Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
23Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:00:55
24Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling
25Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:58