A time trial to begin with and time bonus up for grab


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The 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné features a 10.4km individual time trial in the streets of Lyon as the inaugural stage this Sunday.

This is new in a race that was traditionally largely impacted by a fairly long race against the clock in the middle of week – often on Wednesday. The route being pretty short, however longer than a prologue, the event promoters expect smaller gaps between the favorites and more riders to be able to target the final podium. “The 800-metres long climb in the middle of the course of the time trial will hurt the riders' legs”, explained Gilles Maignan who is in charge of the route at the Dauphiné. “The downhill is pretty technical for riders using specific time trial bikes. We're hoping for the race to remain open after stage 1. With the same perspective in mind, we have reinstated time bonus (10, 6 and 4 seconds to the top three riders) on finishing lines – but not in the intermediate sprints. Therefore, climbers will have the opportunity to compensate the time possibly lost in Lyon from the super time triallists.”

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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