Chris Froome (Team Sky) showed during the second part of the inaugural time trial that he's still above his rivals as a time triallist for the big stage races. With one month to go to the start of the Tour de France, he beat arch rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) by eight seconds on the 10.4km course while third favourite Vincenzo Nibali took the polka dot jersey as he scored the best time at the top of the hill. The sensation of stage 1 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné is 21 year old...
“Of course, I've waited for long in the position of a potential winner so I'm a little bit disappointed to not keep the lead at the very end. But it's a bit of a surprise to make the top three with Chris Froome and Alberto Contador and it's a nice surprise. I felt good but I was in the unknown as this is my come-back race after a break. For now, I'm up there with the best riders on GC. I'll try to stay with them as long as I can. But I also have to be realistic. Those guys are here to gear...
A sporting view
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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