Alberto Contador Grabs Dauphine Lead For Froome

FINHAUT EMOSSON, Switzerland, June 14, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador grabbed the lead in the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday with a desperate attack on the final climb of stage seven that leaves Britain's Chris Froome trailing by eight seconds. The double Tour de France winner, laid down a psychological marker for this year's race, as he attacked Froome with 2km to run on a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Suffers Nasty Crash At Dauphine

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POISY, France, June 13, 2014 (AFP) - Belgian Jan Bakelants, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday while overall leader Chris Froome recovered from a nasty crash to keep the yellow jersey. Froome, the defending Tour de France champion, came home with his jersey and shorts shredded after crashing with 7.5km to race. He lost … [Read more...]

Criterium du Dauphine Stage 5 Hotly Contested

LA MURE, France, June 12, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome held on to his overall lead in the Criterium du Dauphine after a hotly-contested fifth stage on Thursday. Froome remains 12 seconds clear of Alberto Contador, but the day's main beneficiary was Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands, who clawed back nine seconds off his overall time with a second place finish to move level … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Defends Inhaler Use At Dauphine

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LE TEIL, France, June 10, 2014 (AFP) - Race leader Chris Froome defended his use of an inhaler as Germany's Nikias Arndt won a sprint finish to claim the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday. Giant team rider Arndt, 22, crossed ahead of Belgian Kris Boeckmans and South African teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg after the 194km run under the sun. Team Sky rider … [Read more...]

Froome Battles Alberto Contador At Criterium du Dauphine

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COL DU BEAL, France, June 09, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won Monday's second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Spanish arch-rival Alberto Contador. After victory in Sunday's opening time-trial stage, Froome ensured himself of the race leader's yellow jersey on the 156km second stage that ended with … [Read more...]

‘Surprised’ Chris Froome Wins First Dauphine Stage

LYON, June 08, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, an individual time-trial in Lyon, on Sunday. Froome finished the 10.4km course in 13min 13sec, 8sec ahead of biggest rival Alberto Contador of Spain. Early pace setter Bob Jungels of Luxembourg finished third at 9sec ahead of American Andrew Talansky. "I'm a … [Read more...]

Tejay Van Garderen Ready For Tour Tune-Up

Tejay van Garderen says an extended layoff from racing should not affect him as leads the BMC Racing Team at the Critérium du Dauphiné, his final tune-up before the Tour de France. Clear Objectives Van Garderen withdrew from the Tour de Romandie early last month following a crash in its prologue. He returned to the United States to train in Colorado, then traveled back to Europe to perform … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Boosts Tour de France Hopes With Dauphine Win

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RISOUL, France, June 09, 2013 (AFP) - British rider Chris Froome reinforced his status as favourite for this year's Tour de France on Sunday when he won the testing warm-up race, the Criterium du Dauphine. The 28-year-old, second behind Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins in last year's Tour de France, claimed victory after Italian Alessandro de Marchi won the 155.5km eighth and final … [Read more...]

Emotional Samuel Sanchez Takes Dauphine Stage 7

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SUPERDEVOLUY, France, June 08, 2013 (AFP) - Spain's 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez won the seventh and penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday, the 187.5km ride from Pont-de-Claix to Superdevoluy and dedicated it to two friends who died in the past year. The 35-year-old veteran's stage win didn't affect the overall lead as British rider Chris Froome … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Laid Down Tour de France Warning

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VALMOREL, France, June 06, 2013 (AFP) - Chris Froome laid down a Tour de France warning to his rivals as he climbed to victory and claimed the leader's yellow jersey on the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday. The Briton timed his attack to perfection at the end of the 139km ride from Gresy-sur-Aix to Valmorel to beat his main Tour rival, Alberto Contador, into second … [Read more...]