Jesus Herrada takes impressive victory in Criterium du Dauphiné

Jesus Herrada (Movistar) took his first win on the WorldTour with a hugely impressive performance in the first summit finish on stage 2 of the Criterium du Dauphiné.

With a powerful acceleration inside the final 500m, he sprinted past a strong breakaway that looked like they would ride away with the victory, and put two seconds into the group that was led to the finish by Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data). Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) suffered in the finale but retained the lead.

Things should be slightly easier in tomorrow’s third stage which has a flat start before the riders get to a lumpy middle section with two small climbs. However, the real challenge is the category 2 Cote de Secheras which averages 8.2% over 2.9km and has brutal kilometre of 13.9%. The top comes with 21km to go and is followed by a rolling section, a descent and a flat finish, meaning that it could be a day for a late attack or a reduced bunch sprint.

Criterium du Dauphiné 2016 – stage 2 results (Crêches-sur-Saône – Chalmazal-Jeansagnière):

1 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


2 Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal)


3 Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)


4 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Direct Energie)


5 Daniel Moreno (Movistar)


6 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


7 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)


8 Christopher Froome (Sky)


9 Valerio Conti (Lampre – Merida)


10 Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)



General classification after stage 2:

1 Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)


2 Richie Porte (BMC)


3 Christopher Froome (Sky)


4 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)


5 Jesus Herrada (Movistar)


6 Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx – Quick-Step)


7 Adam Yates (Orica GreenEDGE)


8 Diego Rosa (Astana)


9 Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)


10 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)