Bouhanni sprints to victory in Criterium du Dauphiné stage 1

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) won stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné after bumping and battling Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) in the final kilometer of racing. The Frenchman jumped on an early acceleration by Bora – Argon 18’s Sam Bennett and sprinted to victory. 

Contador finished safely in the bunch and so retained his 6-second lead over Richie Porte (BMC). He will get a harder challenge tomorrow when the riders face their first uphill finish. After two early climbs, the terrain is relatively flat until the peloton reaches the final 21.5km. They are all uphill and is split into two climbs. First it’s a category 2 climb that averages 5.6% over 7.5km and then a flatter section leads to the final category 3 climb that’s uphill at 3.8% over 6.8km, meaning that it’s a stage more for puncheurs than climbers.

Criterium du Dauphiné 2016 – stage 1 results (Cluses – Saint-Vulbas):

1 Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

4:27:53

2 Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal)

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3 Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)

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4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

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5 Jonas Vangenechten (IAM)

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6 Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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7 Tony Hurel (Direct Energie)

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8 Sondre Holst Enger (IAM)

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9 Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEDGE)

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10 Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo)

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General classification after stage 1:

1 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)

4:39:29

2 Richie Porte (BMC)

+06”

3 Chris Froome (Sky)

+13”

4 Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep)

+21”

5 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep)

+24”

6 Wout Poels (Sky)

+25”

7 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

+29”

8 Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)

+31”

9 Diego Rosa (Astana)

+37”

10 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)

+39”

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