Criterium du Dauphine: De Gendt solos to stage 1 victory

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) won the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné thanks to yet another strong, clever ride from the break of the day.

The Belgian is a breakaway expert, having won on the Stelvio at the Giro d'Italia in 2012 and on Mont Ventoux at the 2016 Tour de France. He did it again Sunday, and was rewarded with the stage victory and the first leader's yellow jersey.

This time De Gendt won alone after dropping Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) on the final climb outside Saint-Étienne. Domont finished 45 seconds behind. 12 seconds later, Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) won a three-man sprint for third, with the peloton, containing all the big-name overall contenders, just behind.

De Gendt and Domont were part of a seven-rider breakaway that included Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Silvio Herklotz (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Delio Fernandez and Angel Madrazo (Delko Marseille). They quickly opened a six-minute lead as the peloton hesitated with its chase, making a fatal mistake.

De Gendt and Domont looked the strongest in the break and dropped their companions with two laps of the hilly 15-kilometre finishing circuit left to race. The Dimension Data and Orica-Scott teams tried to lead the chase on the rolling circuits for their respective fast finishers Edvald Boasson Hagen and Daryl Impey but they had little help and the peloton left it too late and with too much to do. Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) all preferred to stay protected in the peloton, keeping their legs fresh for the rest of the weeklong stage race.

Smelling victory, De Gendt then dispatched Domont on the final climb, dived down the descent back to Saint-Étienne and enjoyed his solo win.

He was the first to the top of every climb and so also won the red and white polka-dot jersey. His stage win also gave him the green points jersey. Only his age stopped him also taking the best young rider's white jersey, which went to Pierre Latour, who finished fourth on the stage.

"I was going for the mountains jersey but now I can't wear it because I've got the yellow jersey," De Gendt joked.

"It's great to finally win a stage at the Dauphine. I've tried a few times over the years and now I've finally got one."

"I felt good all day and the start was really hard, so I knew I had a good chance to be in the break. We were seven good guys and so at one point we had six minutes and on this finishing circuit, you can't really chase because we can go as fast as the peloton."

"I think I've got a good chance to keep the jersey until the time trial or even longer. It's great publicity for the team and so we'll try to keep it. Yellow for a few days is always nice."

De Gendt will wear the leader's yellow jersey on Monday's second stage from Saint-Chamond to Arlanc. It includes three climbs midway through the 171km of racing but they should not be a problem for De Gendt and his Lotto Soudal team. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal4:17:04
2Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:44
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:57
4Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 3 - Cell 2
5Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:59
7Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team EmiratesRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-ScottRow 10 - Cell 2
12Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 13 - Cell 2
15Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 15 - Cell 2
17Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 17 - Cell 2
19Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 18 - Cell 2
20Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 21 - Cell 2
23Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 26 - Cell 2
28Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 27 - Cell 2
29Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 30 - Cell 2
32Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team EmiratesRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-ScottRow 36 - Cell 2
38Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 38 - Cell 2
40Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Orica-ScottRow 39 - Cell 2
41Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 40 - Cell 2
42Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 41 - Cell 2
43David Gaudu (Fra) FDJRow 42 - Cell 2
44Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 43 - Cell 2
45Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 44 - Cell 2
46André Cardoso (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto SoudalRow 46 - Cell 2
48Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 49 - Cell 2
51Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:09
55Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 54 - Cell 2
56Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 55 - Cell 2
57Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 57 - Cell 2
59Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 61 - Cell 2
63Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 63 - Cell 2
65Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 67 - Cell 2
69Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 69 - Cell 2
71Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 71 - Cell 2
73Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 72 - Cell 2
74Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 75 - Cell 2
77Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 76 - Cell 2
78Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:53
80Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 79 - Cell 2
81Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:00:59
82Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:04:37
84Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-Scott0:05:24
85Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 84 - Cell 2
86Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:47
87Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 86 - Cell 2
88Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 87 - Cell 2
89Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension DataRow 88 - Cell 2
90Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 90 - Cell 2
92Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:24
94Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:45
95Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 94 - Cell 2
96Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 95 - Cell 2
97Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 96 - Cell 2
98James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 97 - Cell 2
99Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 98 - Cell 2
100Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott0:06:51
101Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott0:08:07
102Warren Barguil (Fra) Team SunwebRow 101 - Cell 2
103Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 102 - Cell 2
104Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 104 - Cell 2
106Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 106 - Cell 2
108Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 107 - Cell 2
109Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 108 - Cell 2
110Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 109 - Cell 2
111Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 110 - Cell 2
112Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 111 - Cell 2
113Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 113 - Cell 2
115Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 114 - Cell 2
116Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 115 - Cell 2
117Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 116 - Cell 2
118Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 118 - Cell 2
120Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 120 - Cell 2
122Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 121 - Cell 2
123Leopold Konig (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 122 - Cell 2
124Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 123 - Cell 2
125Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 124 - Cell 2
126Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:08:12
127Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:11
128Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:12:13
129Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors0:12:30
130Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:08
131Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-JumboRow 130 - Cell 2
132Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 131 - Cell 2
133Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 132 - Cell 2
134Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 133 - Cell 2
135Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
136Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 135 - Cell 2
137Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 136 - Cell 2
138Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
139Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 138 - Cell 2
140Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 139 - Cell 2
141Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 140 - Cell 2
142Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 141 - Cell 2
143Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 143 - Cell 2
145David Lopez (Spa) Team SkyRow 144 - Cell 2
146Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 146 - Cell 2
148Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 147 - Cell 2
149Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 148 - Cell 2
150Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 149 - Cell 2
151Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:01
152Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 151 - Cell 2
153Julien Morice (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 152 - Cell 2
154Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJRow 153 - Cell 2
155Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 154 - Cell 2
156Bert De Backer (Bel) Team SunwebRow 155 - Cell 2
157Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJRow 157 - Cell 2
159Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 158 - Cell 2
160Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJRow 161 - Cell 2
163Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 162 - Cell 2
164Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 163 - Cell 2
165Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-MeridaRow 164 - Cell 2
166Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJRow 165 - Cell 2
167Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 166 - Cell 2
168Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-AlpecinRow 167 - Cell 2
169Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 169 - Cell 2
171Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 170 - Cell 2
172Martin Velits (Svk) Quick-Step FloorsRow 171 - Cell 2
173Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 172 - Cell 2
174Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 173 - Cell 2
175Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe0:23:18
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 175 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal25pts
2Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale22Row 1 - Cell 3
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team6Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 3) Col du Pilon, km 11.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2pts
2Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 (Cat. 4) Côte de la Roche, km 57
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 4) Côte de Périgneux, km 61.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Mountain 4 (Cat. 2) Côte de Saint-Romain-Les-Atheux, km 94.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal5pts
2Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 (Cat. 4) Côte de Tarentaise, km 110.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Mountain 6 (Cat. 3) Côte de Rochetaillée, km 133.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2pts
2Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 7 (Cat. 3) Côte de Rochetaillée, km 148.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2pts
2Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 8 (Cat. 3) Côte de Rochetaillée, km 163.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1