Bradley Wiggins Wins His Second Straight Dauphine

CHATEL, France, June 10, 2012 - Britain's Team Sky rider Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine for the second year running here Sunday, as Spain's Daniel Moreno won the seventh and final stage. Katusha rider Moreno edged ahead of compatriot Luis Leon Sanchez and Australia's Cadel Evans -- last year's Tour de France winner -- to win the 124.5km ride from Morzine to Chatel in the … [Read more...]

Quintana Wins Dauphine Sixth Stage, Wiggins Extends Lead

by Jean Montois Morzine, France, June 9, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Bradley Wiggins tightened his grip on the Criterium du Dauphine after Colombia's Nairo Quintana won the sixth and penultimate stage here on Saturday. Wiggins went into this mountainous 167.5 kilometre run leading the general classification by 38sec from Germany's Tony Martin. But after crossing the line in fourth … [Read more...]

Vichot Takes Dauphine Libere 5th Stage, Wiggins Holds Lead

Wiggins In Yellow On Dauphine Libere Stage 5

RUMILLY, France, June 8, 2012 (AFP) - Unheralded Frenchman Arthur Vichot broke away to take the fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere here on Friday, as Britain's Bradley Wiggins held on to the overall lead. The 23-year-old FDJ-BigMat rider was part of an eight-man early breakaway, and then raced clear of his fellow escapees 7km from the finish line to take the biggest victory of his career … [Read more...]

Wiggins Rides To Crushing Time Trial Win At Dauphine Stage 4

Wiggins Wins Dauphine Time Trial Stage 4

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, June 7, 2012 (AFP) - Team Sky star and defending champion Bradley Wiggins cemented his position as leader of the Dauphine Libere when winning the fourth stage time trial here on Thursday. The triple Olympic champion went into this 53.5 kilometer race against the clock with a slender 1sec lead over reigning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans. But after this win … [Read more...]

Boasson Hagen Wins Dauphine Libere 3rd Stage, Wiggins Retains Lead

LA Clayette, France, June 6, 2012 (AFP) - Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen prevailed in a sprint to win the third stage of the Dauphine Libere here on Wednesday. The Norwegian's teammate, Bradley Wiggins, retained the overall leader's jersey on the eve of the 53.5 kilometer time trial in Bourg-en-Bresse. Boasson Hagen clinched the 167km stage from Germany's Gerald Ciolek with Borut … [Read more...]

A Surprised Evans Wins The Dauphine Stage 1

SAINT-VALLIER, France, June 3, 2012 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Cadel Evans of Australia won a sprint finish to claim the first stage of the Dauphine Libere race here on Monday, as Britain's Bradley Wiggins took the overall leader's jersey. BMC rider Evans, 35, outsprinted France's Jerome Coppel and Kazakh Andrey Kashechkin over the final 4km in the 187km stage, with Luxembourg's Andy … [Read more...]

Olympic Champion Sanchez Involved In Heavy Dauphine Crash

SAINT-vallier, France, June 4, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez sustained a heavy fall in the Dauphine Libere race on Monday, but was able to continue riding. The 34-year-old, who was on Friday named in the Spanish team for the London Olympics, came down in a mass crash 47km into the 187km first stage from Seyssins. Australian Luke Durbridge leads … [Read more...]

Dauphine Libere Stages

PARIS, June 1, 2012 (AFP) - A list of the stages for the Dauphine Libere, considered a crucial Tour de France warm-up, held over 1052 km from June 3-10: Prologue June 3: Grenoble to Grenoble (5.7 km) Stage 1 June 4: Seyssins to Saint-Vallier (187 km) Stage 2 June 5: Lamastre to Saint-Félicien (160 km) Stage 3 June 6: Givors to La Clayette (167 km) Stage 4 … [Read more...]

Wiggins Set For Yellow Jersey Test Run At Dauphine Libere

PARIS, June 1, 2012 (AFP) - Triple Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins will face his last major test before launching a renewed assault on the Tour de France yellow jersey when he defends his Dauphine Libere crown next week. Beginning Sunday with a prologue and continuing with seven stages from Monday through to Sunday (June 3-10), the Dauphine's rugged route means it usually offers clues on … [Read more...]

Chris Anker Sørensen Powered His Way To Second Place

[10.06 16:53] Today's 210 kilometer long fifth stage of Dauphiné Libéré which included three category 2 climbs of which the final formed the uphill finish was a chance for Radioshack's Jason McCartney to prove his worth as he went alone and spent most of the day in front of the pack. However, ten kilometers from the top of the climb, a group of hopeful climbers passed the escapee and here, … [Read more...]