In front of the ski jumping stadium of Courchevel, Mikel Nieve has saved the honor for Team Sky in a bad day for Chris Froome as he lost all his hopes to come back into the lead. But in another eventful stage in the mountains, it was Andrew Talansky who dethroned Alberto Contador and went for an epic ride to win the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné. For the defeated Spaniard, this race is however a springboard to the Tour de France.
“I didn't plan to do anything like this, especially today as it was the last chance for many teams to go and try to win a stage. We saw some riders attacking so Ryder and I went with them. Towards the end, we had the time gaps but I was trying not to think of winning the race but I focused on my ride only. Once I past the finishing line and I looked at the TV screen, that's when I realized I won. It's an absolute honour to win the Dauphiné. This is the biggest victory of my career so far...
The race in pictures
CDD 2014 - Etape 8 - Megève - Courchevel - 15/06/2014 - Le podium général final - Vainqueur du classement général final Andrew TALANSKY (GRS) à l'arrivée © / B.Papon
A sporting view
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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