International Cycling

Froome wins Criterium du Dauphine

2015-06-14 17:30
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Modane - Sky's Chris Froome won the Criterium du Dauphine after a solo break on the last climb saw him take the eighth and final stage and overhaul overnight leader Tejay Van Garderen on Sunday.

Froome had gone into the last stage of the race just 18 seconds adrift of the American BMC rider Van Garderen, who had clung to Froome's back wheel all day.

But on the final 8.4km climb of the 156.5km stage from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Modane Valfrejus, the 2013 Tour de France winner Froome put down the kind of blistering acceleration that has become his trademark about 2.6km from the summit.

The Dauphine is seen as a warm-up for the Tour de France and Froome won here in 2013 before going on to win the world's most famous stage race.

Leading results from the eighth and final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, a 156.5km ride from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Modane Valfrejus on Sunday:

Stage

1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 156.5 km in 3h 59:27, 2. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) at 18sec, 3. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) same time, 4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) s.t., 5. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 28, 6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) s.t., 7. Dan Martin (IRL/CAN) 31, 8. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 44, 9. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) s.t., 10. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) s.t.

Overall

1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 30h 59:02, 2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) at 10sec, 3. Rui Costa (POR/LAM) 1min 16sec, 4. Benat Intxausti (ESP/MOV) 1:21, 5. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 1:33, 6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 2:05, 7. Daniel Martin (IRL/CAN) 2:52, 8. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 3:06, 9. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 3:12, 10. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 4:17

Selected others

12. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST) 4:32.

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