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59th Critérium du Dauphiné-Libéré, Stage One
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 6/11/2007
59th Critérium du Dauphiné-Libéré, Stage One
 

59th Le Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré - Stage 1
Wiggins continues jersey collection but only one dream will do, Haussler hits for home…..

Grenoble à Roanne (219 km)
So a chance for the sprinters to shine and the General Classification men to keep out of trouble and seek protection within their teams.

One of the more popular TV shows in Britain at the moment is “Any Dream Will Do” a talent contest to pick out a person to star as Joseph and his multi coloured jersey in a forth coming musical. The producers need look no further than Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis).

Wiggins is getting good practice at collecting leaders’ jerseys. In the Quatres Jours de Dunkerque he was pretty in pink and he continues to wear the most important jersey in the Dauphiné. And yet in spite of this success, Wiggins knows his season will be judged by his performance in his home town of London in this years Tour de France prologue.

It would seem unlikely that Wiggins will keep this yellow jersey until the end of the race, the finish on Mont Ventoux on Thursday and the climbs of the Croix-de-Fer and the Télégraphe on Saturday will probably see the Londoner tumble down the rankings. That is hardly the point, by definition the specialist can only excel in his speciality and Wiggins is doing that very well.

Despite today’s rain, today was no day for a serious threat to Wiggins jersey. A relatively flat day between Grenoble (Isère) and Roanne (Loire), over 219 kilomètres, was a day for the sprinters with its finish on a wide boulevard, and the sprinters teams with few chances in this race were not going to miss out on their moments of glory. Tomorrow will be a day for the “puncheurs”, the “rouleurs” should shine on Wednesday and the climbers on Thursday.


Adventure Nicolas Portal and Rémi Pauriol. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

The protagonists of the day were two Frenchmen Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole) and Nicolas Portal (Caisse d'Epargne). The duo did not seem to mind the cold, showery conditions and set off on their adventure on the col de Parménie after 29 kilomètres of racing. It was not an easy days racing for any body and the 9’30’’ advantage the French pair held over the peloton at the half way stage was never going to be enough once the sprinters teams added their weight to the chase.

Not surprisingly they were caught with 10 kilometres to go.


Gerolsteiner's Heinrich Haussler with the fastest legs over Tom Boonen 2nd, Graeme Brown 3rd, and Thor Hushvod sixth on the right. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

It was Quickstep making the most noise as the peloton surged into Roanne. But Tom Boonen seemed to make his move too early and Brown and Heinrich Haussler held his wheel. Brown surged, but Haussler, the Australian German once again showed perfect cool and time his effort to perfection.

Bradley Wiggins held onto the Maillot Jaune e bleu with one second ahead of Levi Leipheimer (USA, Discovery Channel) and two seconds clear of Andrey Kashechkin (Astana).


Bradley another day in the Maillot Jaune e Bleu
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Stage 1 Results
Grenoble / Roanne - 219 Km
219 km - 5h35'05" - 39.214 km/h
1 23 HAUSSLER Heinrich GST (GER) 00"
2 151 BOONEN Tom QSI (BEL) ' '
3 32 BROWN Graeme RAB (AUS) ' '

4 113 CHAVANEL Sébastien FDJ (FRA) ' '
5 124 GREIPEL André TMO (GER) ' '
6 61 HUSHOVD Thor C.A (NOR) ' '
7 188 SIEDLER Sebastian MRM (GER) ' '
8 83 DUQUE Leonardo COF (COL) ' '
9 28 WROLICH Peter GST (AUT) ' '
10 137 QUINZIATO Manuel LIQ (ITA) ' '
11 136 PETITO Roberto LIQ (ITA) ' '
12 65 FOFONOV Dmitriy C.A (KAZ) ' '
13 134 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr LIQ (BLR) ' '
14 163 FRANZOI Enrico LAM (ITA) ' '
15 182 DYUDYA Volodymyr MRM (UKR) ' '
16 105 LJUNGQVIST Marcus CSC (SWE) ' '
17 145 PEREZ Ruben EUS (ESP) ' '
18 8 VAITKUS Tomas DSC (LTU) ' '
19 173 FLICKINGER Andy BTL (FRA) ' '
20 5 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi DSC (ESP) ' '
21 4 HINCAPIE George DSC (USA) ' '
22 88 WIGGINS Bradley COF (GBR) ' '
23 164 MORI Massimiliano LAM (ITA) ' '
24 152 DE JONGH Steven QSI (NED) ' '
25 114 DELAGE Mickael FDJ (FRA) ' '

General Classification after Stage 1
223.2 km - 5h39'55" - 39.398 km/h
1 88 WIGGINS Bradley COF (GBR) 5h39'55" 00"
2 1 LEIPHEIMER Levi DSC (USA) 5h39'56" 01"
3 75 KASHECHKIN Andrey AST (KAZ) 5h39'57" 02"

4 4 HINCAPIE George DSC (USA) ' ' ' '
5 41 VALVERDE BELMONTE AlejandGroCE (ESP) 5h39'58" 03"
6 101 ZABRISKIE David CSC (USA) ' ' ' '
7 151 BOONEN Tom QSI (BEL) 5h39'59" 04"
8 85 NUYENS Nick COF (BEL) 5h40'00" 05"
9 5 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi DSC (ESP) ' ' ' '
10 111 JOLY Sébastien FDJ (FRA) 5h40'01" 06"
11 51 MILLAR David SDV (GBR) ' ' ' '
12 81 CHAVANEL Sylvain COF (FRA) ' ' ' '
13 172 CLEMENT Stef BTL (NED) 5h40'02" 07"
14 182 DYUDYA Volodymyr MRM (UKR) ' ' ' '
15 178 VOECKLER Thomas BTL (FRA) ' ' ' '
16 61 HUSHOVD Thor C.A (NOR) ' ' ' '
17 183 GRIVKO Andriy MRM (UKR) ' ' ' '
18 2 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto DSC (ESP) 5h40'03" 08"
19 123 GRABSCH Bert TMO (GER) 5h40'04" 09"
20 143 ASTARLOZA Mikel EUS (ESP) ' ' ' '
21 71 VINOKOUROV Alexandre AST (KAZ) ' ' ' '
22 31 MENCHOV Denis RAB (RUS) ' ' ' '
23 11 MOREAU Christophe A2R (FRA) ' ' ' '
24 112 CASAR Sandy FDJ (FRA) 5h40'05" 10"
25 52 BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis

Remaining Stages
Stage 2 Saint-Paul-en-Jarez / Saint-Etienne - 157 Km
Stage 3 Anneyron / Anneyron - 40,7 Km
Stage 4 Hauterives / Le Mont-Ventoux - 197 Km
Stage 7 Nyons / Digne-les-Bains - 195 Km
Stage 6 Gap / Valloire - 198 Km
Stage 7 Valloire / Annecy - 129 Km

 
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