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Stage summary04.06.2013Boasson Hagen claims his (almost) yearly win

Being no stranger to winning a stage at the Dauphiné, Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed his yearly honors prior to putting himself at the service of Chris Froome in the coming mountains. The Norwegian champion won the bunch sprint finish of Tarare ahead of Australia's Michael Matthews and green jersey wearer Gianni Meersman who made the top 3 for the third day in a row while David Veilleux maintained his overall lead without any complication.

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interview04.06.2013Edvald Boasson Hagen: "Our main goal remains the yellow jersey"

Edvald Boasson Hagen commented his third stage win at the Dauphiné since 2010: "It's been a team's performance in the last climb and the last kilometer where Peter Kennaugh and at the end Geraint Thomas led me out. The chase down the hill was excellent. I'm grateful to the team. They've been amazing. It's very nice to win at the Dauphiné again. I'm really happy. In stage 1, I just didn't have the legs for climbing. It takes a while to get used to the mountains. Now I feel good. My form is...

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interview04.06.2013David Veilleux: "Tomorrow, I'll face up to the truth"

David Veilleux enjoyed one more day in yellow, possibly his last one in the peloton, shall he loose the lead at the end of the time trial. "It's been a good day, once again the team has worked well", the Canadian declared. "Today's stage has been a bit less difficult than yesterday's. Pretty early, other teams like Omega Pharma-Quick Step and FDJ have taken over from us. However, the speed went up towards the end. It wasn't easy to keep up. I've been well escorted, particularly by Cyril...

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interview04.06.2013Gianni Meersman: "I'd prefer a win..."

Third top 3 in a row for Gianni Meersman who increases his lead in the points classification. "I'm still up there today and that's good", the Belgian reacted. "Not many riders can do that: 2nd, 2nd and 3rd. It means that my form is good, but I'd prefer a win. My feeling is the same as yesterday though: Viviani was the fastest yesterday and Boasson Hagen was the fastest today. Stage 6 is my main goal now. If I don't win it, I'll work for the green jersey."

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interview04.06.2013Tony Gallopin: "It's not a goal for me"

Still the best young rider after finishing 13th in Tarare, Tony Gallopin commented: "Once again today, it was difficult for me to win. The course was more suitable for pure sprinters like those who finish in front of me: Viviani, Hushovd, Bouhanni... For me, it's quite nice to hold this jersey. But there's a high chance that I lose it tomorrow. It's not really a goal for me to keep it. I know there'll be true time trial specialists tomorrow and great climbers later on. I won't be able to defend...

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14:48Top 5

Top 5:

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)

2. Michael Mathews (OGE)

3. Gianni Meersman (OPQ)

4. Thor Hushovd (BMC)

5. Elia Viviani (CAN)

14:46The winner is: Boasson Hagen!Edvald Boasson Hagen wins the bunch sprint!
14:44All togetherIt's going to be a bunch sprint. 1.5km to go. All together.
14:44Kwiatkowski rejoins De ClercqMichael Kwiatkowski (OPQ) rejoins De Clercq with 3km to go.
14:42Tricky finaleIn the last 500 metres of the course, there are two left hand turns. It can make an interesting sprint!
14:40De Clercq insistsDe Clercq keeps going with ten seconds lead. OPQS, Movistar and Sky chase hard in the downhilll. Contador is in fifth position of the peloton.
14:38De Clercq solo atop the col des Sauvages

Results of KOM at the col des Sauvages, cat 3, km 157.5:

1. Bart De Clercq (LTB), 4 points

at 0.12, 2. Kevin Seeldrayers (AST), 3

3. Jesus Hernandez (TST), 2

4. Alberto Contador (TST), 1

14:35De Clercq overtakes DidierBart De Clercq (LTB) attacks and overtakes Didier. The Belgian is alone away with 10 seconds lead 10km before the line.
14:35Didier attacksLike yesterday, Laurent Didier (RLT) attacks in the climb. OPQS controls the pace of the peloton.
14:34Talansky dropped againSick rider Andrew Talansky gets dropped for the third day in a row.
14:30Westra and Martin have the time trial in mindTime trial specialists Tony Martin and Lieuwe Westra are among the riders dropped in the climb. They're already focused on tomorrow's race against the clock.
14:28Cordeel gives upWith 13km to go, Cordeel doesn't insist anymore. No more breakaway.
14:27Beppu, Rathe and Flecha back in the bunchOnly Cordeel remains at the front, 17 seconds ahead of the peloton with 14km to go.
14:24Cordeel on his ownSander Cordeel keeps racing alone at the front. Team Sky moves up to the head of the peloton while Vassil Kiryienka gets dropped.
14:23Col des Sauvages coming upRiders are approaching the col des Sauvages whose summit is located with 9.5km to go. Cordeel accélérâtes at the front.
14:1818 seconds with 18km to goIt's getting close! 18 seconds difference with 18km to go.
14:15Less than one minuteWith 25km to go, Sander Cordeel (LTB), Fumiyuki Beppu (OGE), Jacob Rathe (GRS) and Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD) have 55 seconds lead. The peloton led by OPQS and FDJ seems to wait for the last moment to bring them back.
14:13Flecha first at CublizeAt the hot spot sprint in Cublize, where Jérôme Chiotti won the 1995 French championship for cyclo-cross, Juan-Antonio Flecha outsprints Fumi Beppu and Sander Cordeel.
13:56Only one minute leadWith 36km to go, the advantage of the four leaders is down to one minute.
13:49Bille calls it a quitGaëtan Bille (LTB) has pulled out of the Dauphiné.
13:48Result of KOM at col des Echarmeaux

Result of KOM at col des Echarmeaux, cat. 3 (km 119.5):

1. Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD), 4 points

2. Fumi Beppu (OGE), 3

3. Sander Cordeel (LTB), 2

4. Jacob Rathe (GRS), 1

Peloton at 1.45.

13:36FDJ takes the responsibilitiesFDJ leads the peloton after OPQS. Arthur Vichot, Pierrick Fédrigo and Geoffrey Soupe are at the command.
13:28Omega puts the hammer downThe Omega Pharma-Quick Step team is obviously riding harder at the front of the peloton than Europcar was doing previously. The gap goes down: 3.15 with 53km to go. FDJ is also noted in the first positions. A bunch sprint finish is already up in the air...
13:15In the first climbBreakaway riders are in the first climb of the day, the 10km long col des Echarmeaux that has an average gradient of 3%. Their advantage is 4.10. Omega Pharma-Quick Step shows up at the head of the peloton. They have some winning ambitions for Gianni Meersman who came second in the first two stages of the Dauphiné.
13:07Km 100: 4.50At km 100, the difference is 4.50.
12:53Europcar brings the deficit downAnthony Charteau is leading the charge for Europcar at the head of the peloton. Teams of the GC favorites, Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff, follow closely. It brings the deficit down: 5.05 at km 91.
12:51Still Europcar at the head of the pelotonAt km 83.5, the time gap is 5.40. It's still Europcar leading the peloton behind Sander Cordeel (LTB), Fumiyuki Beppu (OGE), Jacob Rathe (GRS) and Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD) who are in the feed zone of Lancié at km 88.
12:4942km/h average41.3 kilometres have been covered in the second hour. It makes an average of 42km/h.
12:46Flat tyre for PuritoJoaquim "Purito" Rodriguez who is one of the stars of the Dauphiné and one of the favorites for the coming Tour de France had a flat tyre but it shouldn't affect his ride. Before the start, he told "I love the Dauphiné. I discovered this race only two years ago and I won two mountain stages. The terrain is perfect for great battles. But I resume racing. I'm not on good form yet. I'm here to prepare for the Tour."
12:41Madiot: "Bouhanni was disappointed yesterday"Contacted by, Marc Madiot commented Nacer Bouhanni's ride yesterday. The French champion couldn't hold the pace of the main peloton in the final climb before the sprint. "It wasn't the best of Bouhanni", the Frenchman said. "He was disappointed after the stage but today's finale is less difficult than yesterday. It's a nicer and wider road towards the end. We expect Quick Step to make our life difficult in the last climb with 10km to go."
12:13French cuisine for FDJ and RadioShackTwo teams have had the pleasure to stay at the Hôtel Georges Blanc in Vonnas last night: FDJ and RadioShack. It's one of the most famous adresses for French cuisine (Michelin three stars). "We didn't have dinner at the gastronomic restaurant but next door and it was very, very good", said FDJ team manager Marc Madiot.
12:08Cordeel is on good formLotto-Belisol rider Sander Cordeel who is in the breakaway is on good form these days. He recently won the king of the mountains price at the Glava Tour of Norway. "I was definitely happy that I could win a price", he recalled before starting the Dauphiné. The 25 year old Belgian from St-Niklaas is a good team rider but he hasn't delivered results yet. He had a knee operation at the end of November last year.
11:526.15 at km 54The deficit of the bunch led by Europcar is stabilized just over six minutes: 6.15 at km 54.
11:5242.7km in the first hourThe four breakaway riders have covered 42.7km in the first hour.
11:506.30 at km 40The gap between Sander Cordeel (LTB), Fumiyuki Beppu (OGE), Jacob Rathe (GRS) and Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD) and the bunch was 6.30 at km 40.
11:43Lionel Marie: "Beppu's breakaway was planned"Contacted by, Orica-GreenEdge's directeur sportif Lionel Marie said that it was no surprise for him to hear on radio-tour that Fumiyuki Beppu was the first man to attack from the gun and generate today's breakaway. "It was his will to do so", he said. "But now, Juan Antonio Flecha is riding too hard. He's an old rider but he looks like a beginner in the breakaway." Usually, breakaways long last when riders cooperate on a steady pace.
11:31Beppu is a local!Breakaway rider Fumiyuki Beppu might be born in Chigasaki, Japan, but he's racing at home today. Since he turned pro with Discovery Channel in 2005 after racing for La Pomme-Marseille, he's been living in Lyon. He often uses the roads of today's stage for his training rides. His French girlfriend Maryline is on the road side, waiting for the race at St-Nizier-le-Désert, at km 48. She's pregnant. Their first child is due in September.
11:29Temperature goes up, not the time gapWith no surprise, Team Europcar is noted at the head of the peloton and the time gap decreases a bit. It's 6.25 at km 26. But the outside temperature is going up: 14.5°C.
11:21Flickinger: "Veilleux isn't selected for the Tour yet"Contacted by, Europcar's directeur sportif Andy Flickinger denied the news published by some Canadian media that David Veilleux had been informed of his ticket for the Tour de France. "David has scored some points for himself but he hasn't been selected as per now", he said. "We haven't told him or confirmed such thing. We've spoken about today's tactic. It looks like a similar stage as yesterday's. It's easier though. We'll maintain the gap like yesterday and we count on the...
11:09Time gap: 6.50New time gap: 6.50 at km 20.
11:02Gastroenteritis for SorensenChris-Anker Sorensen who was designated the most agressive rider of the Tour de France last year didn't start today due to gastroenteritis. "He suddenly felt bad yesterday just before going to dinner", Saxo-Tinkoff's directeur sportif Philippe Mauduit told "He had a very bad night, he vomited and could hardly sleep. It's a pity because he was going well. That's also why we've stopped him from racing. He's an important rider in our plan around Contador for the...
10:51Time gap on the upThe leading quartet has an advantage of 3.25.
10:50No reaction from the pelotonThe peloton has given the green light to the four-man breakaway: 2 minutes lead at km 3.
10:48Two climbs for the KOM priceIt's an easier stage today than yesterday, with only two climbs, both rated in third category: col des Echarmeaux (km 119.5) and col des Sauvages (km 157.5) whose summit is less than ten kilometers away from the finishing line in Tarare.
10:474 riders attackFour riders attack from the gun: Sander Cordeel (LTB), Fumiyuki Beppu (OGE), Jacob Rathe (GRS) and Juan Antonio Flecha (VCD). 20 seconds lead at km 1.
10:46Start at 10.43The start proper has been given at 10.43.
10:45Europcar leads the teams classification

Europcar doesn't only lead the individual classification with David Veilleux but also the teams classification with an advantage of 1.56 over Omega Pharma-Quick Step and 1.57 over Sky.

10:44Gallopin rides in white

The best young rider of the Dauphiné is Tony Gallopin who leads at the addition of the places over the ten other U26 riders who are in the same time: Warren Barguil (ARG), Angel Madrazo (MOV), Dominik Nerz (BMC), Peter Kennaugh (SKY), Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), Rohan Dennis (GRS), Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ), Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Egor Silin (AST) and Vegard Stake Laengen (BSE).

10:44Damuseau is the king of the mountains

After having completed the Giro d'Italia, Thomas Damuseau (ARG) took part in long lasting breakaways for two days in a row and collected 55 points for the KOM competition. He leads over David Veilleux (EUC) who has 40 points.

10:43Meersman in green

In the points classification, Gianni Meersman (OPQS) leads with 24 points. David Veilleux (EUC) follows with 20, stage 2 winner Elia Viviani (CAN) with 15.

10:37Jersey holders: David Veilleux for the second day in yellow

David Veilleux (EUC) wears the yellow jersey for the second day in a row. Since stage 1, he has 1.56 lead over Gianni Meersman (OPQS) and 1.57 over Tony Gallopin (RLT). 55 other riders are in the same time as Gallopin. That includes all the favorites for GC, at the exception of Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) who is sick but courageously continues racing.

10:09The race is on173 have taken the start in Ambérieu-en-Bugey under sunny conditions and 10.5°C. One non-starter: Chris Anker Sorensen (TST).
10:05Start at 10.35Riders are due to start from Ambérieu-en-Bugey at 10.35.
10:02Welcome to stage 3Welcome to the live coverage of stage 3 of the 65th Criterium du Dauphiné from Ambérieu-en-Bugey to Tarare.


Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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