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CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE 2014 - Stage 2
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 6/9/2014
CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE 2014 - Stage 2
 
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9 June, 2014

Stage 2 : Froome wins first duel against Contador 

Following a 10.4-km individual time trial that gave an impression of his superiority, Chris Froome won his first real duel of the year against Alberto Contador as he outsprinted him atop the col de Béal in a spectacular and popular finale. A flawless defending champion has already put his mark on the 66th Dauphiné and spread interesting signals of his good shape one month ahead of the Tour de France.

Froome takes Stage 2 © www.letour.fr

Reza, first man in action
Kevin Reza (Europcar) triggered the war as he attacked from the gun but as he passed the first climb of the day, the second category côte de St-Marcel-L’Eclairé (km 5.5), in first position, four riders were very close behind him: Alexis Gougeard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) and Thomas Damuseau (Giant-Shimano). They formed a leading quintet for most of the stage. However, as Team Sky was determined to contest the victory atop the col de Béal, the escapees weren’t granted more of an advantage than five minutes after km 34 where local rider Damuseau had his house almost in sight.

Reza’s odyssey for the polka dot jersey
Not only did Reza take the maximum of points for the King of the Mountains competition in the first of the six categorized climbs of the day, the Frenchman also won the five-man sprint at the top of the four following climbs. Therefore, he took the polka dot jersey over from Vincenzo Nibali. So he made the most of the long lasting breakaway. De Marchi tried to repeat his exploit from last year when he won the last stage of the Dauphiné in Risoul but he was eventually reeled in with 7km to go as there was nothing to do against Team Sky riding strongly at the head of the peloton.

Froome irresistible
Chris Froome initiated the battle with two accelerations near the five kilometers to go mark but on both occasions, Alberto Contador was able to keep his pace at the difference of Vincenzo Nibali, so the yellow jersey wearer slowed down and favoured the composition of a six-man group to contest the stage victory. On the other hand, pre-race challengers Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) showed their limits and got dropped. Froome didn’t let anyone go despite attempts by Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) while Nibali struggled and eventually lost half a minute when Froome put the hammer down for his final effort to win the stage. Contador kept pressure on him but was forced to admit the Brit’s superiority. Froome scored his second stage victory in only two days of racing and enjoys 12 seconds lead over his arch rival and 21 seconds over the new best young rider Kelderman while Nibali looks like the main loser of the day as he stands in sixth position overall at 50 seconds.

 



Stage 2 Results - Top 50

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 4:24:41
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Tinkoff-Saxo  
3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:04
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:10
5 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:12
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:27
7 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar 0:00:40
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:42
9 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:44
10 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:00:45
11 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
12 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:00:51
13 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:53
14 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:00:55
15 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:04
16 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:01:17
17 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:27
18 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
19 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:33
20 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Tinkoff-Saxo  
21 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale  
22 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:51
23 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team 0:02:11
24 Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
25 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
27 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
28 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:02:33
29 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
30 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge  
31 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar 0:02:38
32 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
33 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
34 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:02:57
35 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura  
36 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling 0:03:05
37 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
38 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.  
39 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:55
40 Winner Anrew Anacona (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:04:15
41 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:20
42 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
43 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team 0:04:26
44 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:04:47
45 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.  
46 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
47 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
48 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:05:20
49 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Tinkoff-Saxo  
50 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  

General Classification after Stage 2 - Top 50

1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 4:37:44
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:12
3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:21
4 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
9 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:31
10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:35
11 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:40
12 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:01:43
13 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura 0:01:44
14 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol 0:01:56
15 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Fdj.fr 0:02:01
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:19
17 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:02:24
18 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:02:32
19 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar 0:02:34
20 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team 0:02:37
21 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale  
22 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:02:42
23 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:43
24 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:02:47
25 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:49
26 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:03:01
27 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:06
28 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:03:24
29 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
30 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:28
31 Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:03:31
32 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling 0:03:35
33 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura 0:03:37
34 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:03:39
35 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:03:45
36 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:03:54
37 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:04:01
38 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar  
39 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:04:29
40 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team 0:04:50
41 Winner Anrew Anacona (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:05:07
42 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:15
43 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:19
44 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:05:28
45 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:31
46 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:05:46
47 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Cannondale 0:05:52
48 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team  
49 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:06:02
50 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits. 0:06:08

 



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