Froome wins third DauphineJune 13, 2016
Froome primed for Tour de France after third Dauphine victory
British cyclist Chris Froome has taken out the 2016 Criterium de Dauphine in France. The one-week Dauphine is an important lead up race for the Tour de France, and it is now the third time that Froome has saluted. It’s an ominous sign for Froome’s rivals, he has won the Tour both times after tasting victory in the Dauphine.
Froome took out the general classification by 12 seconds from French rider Romain Bardet, with Irishman Dan Martin a further 7 seconds in third place. The race was not without its challenges for the Team Sky rider, Spain’s Alberto Contador attacked repeatedly on the penultimate climb during the race’s final stage from Le-Pont-de-Claix to Superdevoluy. However, Froome was able to repel all of Contador’s accelerations, as well as Bardet’s attacks on the tricky descents. The stage was eventually taken out by fellow Brit Stephen Cummings.
Australian cyclist Richie Porte finished fourth overall after losing two places on the final stage. However, the Aussie is well placed to launch an assault during le Tour for his new BMC Racing team, the same team that propelled Cadel Evans to victory in the 2012 Tour de France.
As a result of his Dauphine victory, Froome will now enter the Tour de France starting on July 2nd as the warm favourite. He is currently rated a $2.30 chance by leading Australian bookmaker Sportsbet to take out the 3-week grand tour.
Criterium de Dauphine General Classification results:
- 1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 29hrs 59mins 31secs
- 2. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +12″
- 3. Daniel Martin (Ire/Etixx – Quick-Step) +19″
- 4. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) +21″
- 5. Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff) +35″
- 6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Etixx-Quick-Step) +51″
- 7. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +57″
- 8. Diego Rosa (Ita/Astana) +1:13″
- 9. Louis Meintjes (SA/Lampre) +1:30″
- 10. Pierre Rolland (Fra/Cannondale) +2:43″