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2014 Critérium du Dauphiné (World Tour), France

66th edition: June 8 - June 15, 2014

Critérium du Dauphiné podium history | 2013 edition | 2015 edition |

Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5 | Stage 6 | Stage 7 | Stage 8 |

2014 Dauphine map

2014 Dauphine map: 8 stages, 1,176 km


Sunday June 15: 8th and Final Stage, Megève - Courcheval, 131.5 km

Stage 8 finish

Stage 8 photos | Stage 8 profile |

Rated Ascents:

The Race: Things were close going into the final stage. Alberto Contador had an eight-second lead over Chris Froome, while Froome led Contador in the points classification by two points. In the young rider classification Wilco Kelderman had a 1min 12sec lead over Romain Bardet. The mountains classification was not so volatile. Alessandro de Marchi led Egor Selin by 38 points with a total of 55 mountains points on the table today.

Before the race was even 30 km old, 23 riders broke away. With riders such as Andrew Talansky (3rd in GC) and Ryder Hesjedal in the group, Sky and Saxo-Tinkoff worked to conrol the gap.

On the Col des Saises, Froome attacked and took 16 riders with him, including several of the big guys including Contador, Wilco Kelderman and Vincenzo Nibali.

At km 75, the time gap was 1min 55sec between the Talansky lead group of 21 riders at the front and the Contador/Froome group, and still anouther two minutes back to the peloton.

As the Côte de Montagny loomed, Sky worked to chase, trying to bring Froome up to the lead group with Talansky, but Froome and Contador refused to work together, Contador (without teamamtes) telling Froome to chase. The gap to the Kelderman/Talansky group at km 105 was 2min 21sec.

Nibali, seeing the deadlock, took off and was soon a minute in front of the Contador/Froome group. Ag2r had several riders in the front group and slaved away to advance Romain Bardet's cause.

Contador went alone on the Montagny, eliciting no reaction from Froome.

Contador proceeded to ride like a man possessed, racing through the riders of the front break who had been dropped and closing the gap to the Talansky group. With 16 km to go, he was 93 seconds behind the leaders.

Talansky, looking to burgle the tour du Dauphiné, descended the Montagny like his hair was on fire.

What a race! The chase was on. With eight km to go Talansky was fighting to stay away, Nibali chasing at less than a minute, the Contador group with Leopold Konig for help at 70 seconds and Froome looking out of gas, more than three minutes behind Talansky.

Four km to go: Contador, going flat out, was 54 seconds behind.

2.5 km to go, the gap grew out to 1 minute! Contador was losing ground and the Dauphiné! Contador blew by Nibali, who looked to have cracked. Up Front Mikel Nieve and others left Talansky to get a stage win, taking the time bonuses out of play.

Talansky did it! The Garmin-Sharp rider commited the hold-up of the year. Contador lost ground in the final kilometer. Mikel Nieve held his lead and won the stage.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 39.35 km/hr

1 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 3hr 20min 29sec
2 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 3 seconds
3 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:00:05
4 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:09
6 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:15
7 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:32
8 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:36
9 Daniel Navarro COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:00:41
10 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 0:01:15
11 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
12 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE 0:01:44
13 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA
14 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM
15 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 0:01:51
16 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 0:02:10
17 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:02:38
18 John Darwin Atapuma BMC RACING TEAM
19 Elia Favilli LAMPRE - MERIDA 0:03:53
20 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 0:05:05
21 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY
22 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING
23 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE
24 Luis Angel Mate Mardones COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
25 Igor Anton MOVISTAR TEAM
26 Daniel Moreno Fernandez TEAM KATUSHA 0:05:23
27 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM
28 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 0:08:46
29 Richie Porte TEAM SKY
30 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP 0:11:53
31 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 0:12:05
32 Yoann Bagot COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:12:55
33 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:16:33
34 Alexis Gougeard AG2R LA MONDIALE
35 Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R LA MONDIALE
36 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 0:18:51
37 Vasil Kiryienka TEAM SKY 0:23:52
38 Martijn Keizer BELKIN PRO CYCLING
39 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 0:25:28
40 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE 0:26:22
41 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:27:11
42 Andrey Zeits ASTANA PRO TEAM
43 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM
44 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR
45 Carlos Verona OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
46 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING
47 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM
48 Nicky Van Der Lijke BELKIN PRO CYCLING
49 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL
50 Stig Broeckx LOTTO-BELISOL
51 José Ivan Gutierrez MOVISTAR TEAM
52 Enrique Sanz Unzue MOVISTAR TEAM
53 Kevin De Weert OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
54 Johannes Fröhlinger TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
55 Sébastien Hinault IAM CYCLING
56 Zdenek Stybar OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
57 Daniel Schorn TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
58 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE
59 Christophe Le Mevel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
60 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING
61 Markel Irizar TREK FACTORY RACING
62 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez TINKOFF-SAXO
63 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.FR
64 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE
65 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE
66 Cesare Benedetti TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
67 Maxime Bouet AG2R LA MONDIALE
68 Daryl Impey ORICA GREENEDGE
69 Damiano Cunego LAMPRE - MERIDA
70 Gustav Larsson IAM CYCLING
71 Chad Haga TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
72 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR
73 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM
74 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR
75 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM
76 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING
77 Egor Silin TEAM KATUSHA
78 Natnael Berhane TEAM EUROPCAR
79 Alexei Tcatevich TEAM KATUSHA
80 Nicki Sorensen TINKOFF-SAXO
81 Guillaume Bonnafond AG2R LA MONDIALE
82 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING
83 Damien Howson ORICA GREENEDGE
84 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
85 Rein Taaramae COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
86 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM
87 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
88 Thomas Damuseau TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
89 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP
90 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP
91 Pierrick Fedrigo FDJ.FR
92 Lars-Peter Nordhaug BELKIN PRO CYCLING
93 Scott Thwaites TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
94 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM
95 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA
96 Romain Sicard TEAM EUROPCAR
97 Yannick Martinez TEAM EUROPCAR
98 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM
99 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA
100 Alexander Rybakov TEAM KATUSHA
101 George Bennett CANNONDALE
102 Bob Jungels TREK FACTORY RACING
103 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM
104 Xabier Zandio TEAM SKY
105 Jonathan Hivert BELKIN PRO CYCLING
106 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE
107 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE
108 Dmitry Kozontchuk TEAM KATUSHA
109 Ralf Matzka TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
110 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM
111 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP
112 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR
113 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
114 Yaroslav Popovych TREK FACTORY RACING
115 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
116 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP
117 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM CYCLING
118 Jean Marc Marino CANNONDALE
119 Dries Devenyns TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
120 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL
121 Kris Boeckmans LOTTO-BELISOL 0:27:23
122 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 0:28:06
123 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA 0:29:05
124 Julian Alaphilippe OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:29:21
125 Nikias Arndt TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 0:29:37
126 Danny Pate TEAM SKY 0:29:46
127 Rory Sutherland TINKOFF-SAXO 0:29:53
128 Michael Valgren Andersen TINKOFF-SAXO 0:29:53

Final GC after Stage 8: 1,187.4 km raced an average speed of 38.14 km/hr

1 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 31hr 08min 08sec
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO @ 27 seconds
3 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:35
4 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:43
5 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:01:20
6 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:02:05
7 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:02:12
8 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 0:02:59
9 Daniel Navarro COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:03:04
10 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:03:17
11 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 0:04:03
12 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 0:04:25
13 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 0:05:11
14 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 0:06:31
15 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM 0:06:33
16 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA 0:07:02
17 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:08:37
18 John Darwin Atapuma BMC RACING TEAM 0:08:43
19 Daniel Moreno Fernandez TEAM KATUSHA 0:09:07
20 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:09:20
21 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:17:01
22 Richie Porte TEAM SKY 0:20:15
23 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 0:20:50
24 Luis Angel Mate Mardones COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:20:52
25 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP 0:22:10
26 Igor Anton MOVISTAR TEAM 0:23:55
27 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 0:23:55
28 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING 0:30:04
29 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:30:27
30 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 0:30:30
31 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY 0:30:56
32 Yoann Bagot COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:30:56
33 Egor Silin TEAM KATUSHA 0:31:21
34 Kristijan Durasek LAMPRE - MERIDA 0:31:58
35 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL 0:33:50
36 Maxime Bouet AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:35:11
37 Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:35:18
38 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.FR 0:36:15
39 Gustav Larsson IAM CYCLING 0:37:30
40 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez TINKOFF-SAXO 0:39:21
41 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR 0:42:24
42 Nicolas Edet COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:42:57
43 Amaël Moinard BMC RACING TEAM 0:45:17
44 Ben Gastauer AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:45:28
45 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 0:45:58
46 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 0:47:20
47 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM 0:47:58
48 Peter Stetina BMC RACING TEAM 0:49:28
49 Romain Sicard TEAM EUROPCAR 0:49:29
50 Carlos Verona OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:49:56
51 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE 0:52:15
52 Lars-Peter Nordhaug BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:55:32
53 George Bennett CANNONDALE 0:56:00
54 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM 0:57:17
55 Kevin De Weert OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:58:18
56 Alex Howes GARMIN - SHARP 1:00:20
57 Julian Alaphilippe OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1:01:02
58 Elia Favilli LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:01:15
59 Christophe Le Mevel COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 1:01:47
60 Imanol Erviti Ollo MOVISTAR TEAM 1:04:12
61 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR 1:04:28
62 Thomas Damuseau TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:06:02
63 Alexander Rybakov TEAM KATUSHA 1:08:50
64 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE 1:08:56
65 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 1:10:03
66 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 1:10:33
67 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:10:38
68 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING 1:11:37
69 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 1:12:24
70 Michal Golas OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1:12:26
71 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 1:12:40
72 Damiano Cunego LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:13:35
73 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL 1:13:41
74 Andrey Zeits ASTANA PRO TEAM 1:14:38
75 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE 1:17:26
76 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 1:17:29
77 Markel Irizar TREK FACTORY RACING 1:17:44
78 José Ivan Gutierrez MOVISTAR TEAM 1:18:09
79 Pierrick Fedrigo FDJ.FR 1:18:21
80 Chad Haga TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:19:27
81 Dmitry Kozontchuk TEAM KATUSHA 1:20:00
82 Zdenek Stybar OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1:20:28
83 Jan Barta TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:22:18
84 Martijn Keizer BELKIN PRO CYCLING 1:22:45
85 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA 1:24:13
86 Bob Jungels TREK FACTORY RACING 1:26:09
87 Guillaume Bonnafond AG2R LA MONDIALE 1:26:14
88 Dmitriy Gruzdev ASTANA PRO TEAM 1:28:11
89 Daryl Impey ORICA GREENEDGE 1:28:59
90 Simon Gerrans ORICA GREENEDGE 1:31:41
91 Nikias Arndt TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:32:07
92 Nicky Van Der Lijke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 1:33:12
93 Damien Howson ORICA GREENEDGE 1:33:17
94 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING 1:34:27
95 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE 1:34:52
96 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE 1:35:03
97 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR 1:35:22
98 Johannes Fröhlinger TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:35:59
99 Cesare Benedetti TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:37:50
100 Enrique Sanz Unzue MOVISTAR TEAM 1:38:12
101 Yannick Martinez TEAM EUROPCAR 1:41:13
102 Nicki Sorensen TINKOFF-SAXO 1:42:01
103 Alessandro Vanotti ASTANA PRO TEAM 1:43:10
104 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM CYCLING 1:43:11
105 Yaroslav Popovych TREK FACTORY RACING 1:46:11
106 Michael Valgren Andersen TINKOFF-SAXO 1:47:02
107 Stig Broeckx LOTTO-BELISOL 1:48:22
108 Jean Marc Marino CANNONDALE 1:49:15
109 Sébastien Hinault IAM CYCLING 1:50:20
110 Natnael Berhane TEAM EUROPCAR 1:50:25
111 Ralf Matzka TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:52:39
112 Rory Sutherland TINKOFF-SAXO 1:52:45
113 Daniel Schorn TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:53:21
114 Ramunas Navardauskas GARMIN - SHARP 1:53:32
115 Scott Thwaites TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:55:04
116 Alexis Gougeard AG2R LA MONDIALE 1:55:17
117 Vasil Kiryienka TEAM SKY 1:57:14
118 Sebastian Langeveld GARMIN - SHARP 1:59:33
119 Rein Taaramae COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 1:59:56
120 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 2:01:18
121 Mickaël Delage FDJ.FR 2:02:00
122 Dries Devenyns TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 2:02:33
123 Jack Bauer GARMIN - SHARP 2:04:06
124 Alexei Tcatevich TEAM KATUSHA 2:05:03
125 Kris Boeckmans LOTTO-BELISOL 2:12:58
126 Danny Pate TEAM SKY 2:15:36
127 Jonathan Hivert BELKIN PRO CYCLING 2:21:35
128 Xabier Zandio TEAM SKY 2:36:20

Final Points Classification:

1 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 34 points
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 33
3 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 32
4 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 29
5 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 28
6 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA 27
7 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 27
8 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 23
9 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 20
10 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 15
11 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA 15
12 Nikias Arndt TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 15
13 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 14
14 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL 13
15 Zdenek Stybar OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 13
16 Gustav Larsson IAM CYCLING 12
17 Kris Boeckmans LOTTO-BELISOL 12
18 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING 11
19 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 11
20 Egor Silin TEAM KATUSHA 11
21 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE 11
22 Bob Jungels TREK FACTORY RACING 10
23 Lars-Peter Nordhaug BELKIN PRO CYCLING 8
24 Daryl Impey ORICA GREENEDGE 8
25 Yannick Martinez TEAM EUROPCAR 8
26 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 7
27 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP 6
28 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM 6
29 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 6
30 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 5
31 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL 5
32 Cesare Benedetti TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 5
33 Daniel Moreno Fernandez TEAM KATUSHA 5
34 Maxime Bouet AG2R LA MONDIALE 5
35 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING 5
36 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 4
37 Igor Anton MOVISTAR TEAM 4
38 Thomas Damuseau TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 4
39 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE 4
40 Vasil Kiryienka TEAM SKY 4
41 Alexei Tcatevich TEAM KATUSHA 4
42 Daniel Navarro COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 3
43 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 3
44 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM 3
45 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 3
46 Yoann Bagot COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 3
47 Christian Meier ORICA GREENEDGE 3
48 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 3
49 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING 3
50 Natnael Berhane TEAM EUROPCAR 3
51 Daniel Schorn TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 3
52 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR 2
53 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA 2
54 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1
55 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 1
56 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 1
57 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 1
58 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 1
59 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE 1

Final Mountains Classification:

1 Alessandro De Marchi CANNONDALE 102 points
2 Egor Silin TEAM KATUSHA 64
3 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 61
4 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA 58
5 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 48
6 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP 48
7 Kévin Reza TEAM EUROPCAR 44
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 42
9 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING 40
10 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 39
11 Thomas Damuseau TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 36
12 Alexis Gougeard AG2R LA MONDIALE 36
13 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 33
14 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 31
15 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 30
16 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 25
17 Mikel Nieve Iturralde TEAM SKY 24
18 Blel Kadri AG2R LA MONDIALE 23
19 Tejay Van Garderen BMC RACING TEAM 22
20 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 22
21 Natnael Berhane TEAM EUROPCAR 20
22 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 20
23 John Darwin Atapuma BMC RACING TEAM 18
24 Cesare Benedetti TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 18
25 Tony Gallopin LOTTO-BELISOL 17
26 Bart De Clercq LOTTO-BELISOL 17
27 Mikael Cherel AG2R LA MONDIALE 16
28 Cyril Gautier TEAM EUROPCAR 16
29 Greg Van Avermaet BMC RACING TEAM 16
30 Julian Alaphilippe OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 16
31 Kristijan Koren CANNONDALE 15
32 Daryl Impey ORICA GREENEDGE 15
33 Daniel Navarro COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 13
34 Rein Taaramae COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 13
35 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 11
36 John Gadret MOVISTAR TEAM 11
37 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA 10
38 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL 10
39 David Lopez Garcia TEAM SKY 10
40 Danny Pate TEAM SKY 10
41 Thomas Voeckler TEAM EUROPCAR 9
42 Igor Anton MOVISTAR TEAM 8
43 Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R LA MONDIALE 8
44 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM 8
45 Daniel Schorn TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 8
46 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 7
47 Richie Porte TEAM SKY 7
48 Giovanni Visconti MOVISTAR TEAM 7
49 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez TINKOFF-SAXO 6
50 Lars-Peter Nordhaug BELKIN PRO CYCLING 5
51 Bartosz Huzarski TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 2
52 Bob Jungels TREK FACTORY RACING 2
53 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR 1
54 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 1
55 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA 1

Final Young Rider Classification:

1 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 31hr 08min 51sec
2 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE @ 37 seconds
3 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:01:22
4 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 0:05:48
5 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.FR 0:35:32
6 Carlos Verona OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 0:49:13
7 George Bennett CANNONDALE 0:55:17
8 Julian Alaphilippe OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1:00:19
9 Elia Favilli LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:00:32
10 Thomas Damuseau TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:05:19
11 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:09:55
12 Bob Jungels TREK FACTORY RACING 1:25:26
13 Nikias Arndt TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 1:31:24
14 Nicky Van Der Lijke BELKIN PRO CYCLING 1:32:29
15 Damien Howson ORICA GREENEDGE 1:32:34
16 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING 1:33:44
17 Enrique Sanz Unzue MOVISTAR TEAM 1:37:29
18 Michael Valgren Andersen TINKOFF-SAXO 1:46:19
19 Stig Broeckx LOTTO-BELISOL 1:47:39
20 Natnael Berhane TEAM EUROPCAR 1:49:42
21 Ralf Matzka TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:51:56
22 Scott Thwaites TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:54:21
23 Alexis Gougeard AG2R LA MONDIALE 1:54:34
24 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA 2:00:35
25 Alexei Tcatevich TEAM KATUSHA 2:04:20

Final Team Classification:

1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 93hr 29min 36sec
2 TEAM SKY @ 18min 26sec
3 AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:32:50
4 TEAM KATUSHA 0:36:59
5 COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 0:38:05
6 BMC RACING TEAM 0:40:01
7 LOTTO-BELISOL 0:44:15
8 MOVISTAR TEAM 1:02:51
9 GARMIN - SHARP 1:16:15
10 IAM CYCLING 1:21:10
11 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 1:23:36
12 TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA 1:25:13
13 TINKOFF-SAXO 1:38:49
14 BELKIN PRO CYCLING 1:41:14
15 LAMPRE - MERIDA 1:44:05
16 ORICA GREENEDGE 1:51:48
17 TEAM EUROPCAR 1:54:11
18 CANNONDALE 1:59:19
19 TREK FACTORY RACING 2:38:54
20 FDJ.FR 2:46:01
21 TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 3:27:09

Stage 8 photos:

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador on his solo chase of the Talansky group.

Andrew Talansky

In the closing kilometers Andrew Talansky was able to increase his gap back to Contador.

Vincenzo Nibali

Vincenzo Nibali tried to take advantage of the stalemate between Froome and Contador, but cracked badly in the final kilometers.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome (green jersey) didn't have the suds to contain the other attackers today.

Mikel Nieve on the attack

Mikel Nieve sets out to win the stage.

Tejay van Garderen

Tejay Van Garderen

Wilco Kelderman

Wilco Kelderman was the final Young Rider Classification winner.

Ryder Hesjdeal

Ryder Hesjedal buried himself for Talansky today.

Andrew Talansky and jurgen Van den Broeck

Andrew Talansky and Jurgen Van den Broeck finish stage eight.

alberto Contador and Jakob fuglsang finish

Alberto Contador and Jakob Fuglsang finish.

john Gadret

I think this photo of Joihn Gadret finishing explains how hard this Dauphiné was.

mikel Nieve

Stage winner Mikel Nieve

Andrew Talansky

Winner of the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné, Andrew Talansky.

Final podium

The final podium, from left: Alberto Contador, Andrew Talansky and Jurgen Van den Broeck.

Stage 8 profile:

Stage 8 profile

Stage 8 profile


Saturday, June 14: Stage 7, Ville la Grand - Finhaut Émosson, 160 km

Stage 7 finish

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Rated ascents:

The Race: The organizers call this the Queen Stage, and I have no argument with that. With five ascents rated Category Two or higher with the final pair of passes classed "above categorisation", this will really be a day to test Chris Froome and see if the injuries he sustained in his stage six crash will impair his climbing. The two final climbs are in Switzerland.

Early on, a fourteen-man break went clear on the Côte des Gets. Lieuwe Westra, in 25th place and down 5min 59sec was the best-placed rider in the escape. By the end of the Col du Cordier's descent the break's gap was about five and a half minutes.

Sky put several riders at the front on the Forclaz with Froome and Contador close together near the front of the peloton. Further up, Yury Trofimov had again set off alone looking for another stage win. On the descent, Egor Selin joined his Katusha teammate Trofimov to form a two-man break.

On the Finhaut-Émosson, with seven kilometers to go, Contador had only one teammate but Sky had four riders helping Froome at the front and they were setting a fiery pace. Up front the Russian duo had four and a half minutes. Kelderman and Nibali were sticking close to Froome.

With two kilometers to go the Russians still had three minutes. None of the contenders had yet tried to test Froome with an attack.

As the Katusha duo look to have sealed the stage win, out of nowhere Lieuwe Westra, a member of the original break and probably burning from his second place the day before, came out of nowhere and took the stage.

Bam! With 1.1 km to go Contador blasted off and opened a significant gap. Froome, sitting on Richie Port's wheel, looked terrible and initially didn't react. And then he went, chasing the Spaniard with obvious determination and desperation. He couldn't close enough of the gap and Contador takes over the lead.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 35.18 km/hr

1 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM 4hr 32min 51sec
2 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA @ 7 seconds
3 Egor Silin TEAM KATUSHA 0:00:16
4 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 0:01:33
5 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:01:51
6 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP 0:01:53
7 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY
8 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:02:11
9 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:02:16
10 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 0:02:19
Complete Stage 7 results, GC, photos and profile

GC after Stage 7: 1055.9 km raced so far at an average speed of 38.012 km/hr

1 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO 27hr 46min 51sec
2 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY @ 8 seconds
3 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:00:39
4 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:59
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:01:14
6 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:01:16
7 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:02:11
8 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM CYCLING 0:02:14
9 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:02:50
10 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:02:52
Complete Stage 7 results, GC, photos and profile

Friday, June 13: Stage 6, Grenoble - Poisy, 178.5 km

stage 6 finish

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Rated Ascents:

The Race: The first 40 kilometers were jumpy with constant attacks until 16 riders (with Jens Voigt, of course!) were able to go clear. A gap of five and a half minutes had been allowed but first Sky and then FDJ went to the front to control the break. With 25 km remaining the gap was slightly more than four minutes.

Sixteen riders in a break meant someone would get ambitious. Lieuwe Westra jumped, quickly to be joined by Pim Lightart and Jan Bakelandts who clawed their way off the front of the escape. with 17 km to go, the strong trio had 20 seconds on the break and were three and a half minutes ahead of the peloton.

Westra and Bakelandts shelled Ligthart. Further back, a crash took down race leader Chris Froome, delaying the waiting peloton and allowing the gap to the front duo to grow to nearly five minutes.

Shortly after the red kite Westra jumped, trying to force Bakelants into the barriers. But Bakelandts came by to win stage six.

Chris Froome, showing the effects of his crash, finished with the main group to conserve his 12-second lead over Alberto contador and Wilco Kelderman.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 43.330 km/hr

1 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 4hr 07min 20sec
2 Lieuwe Westra ASTANA PRO TEAM
3 Zdenek Stybar OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP @ 24 seconds
4 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL
5 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE
6 Jens Voigt TREK FACTORY RACING
7 Maciej Bodnar CANNONDALE
8 Bram Tankink BELKIN PRO CYCLING
9 Valerio Conti LAMPRE - MERIDA
10 Julien Simon COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
Complete Stage 6 results, GC, photos and profile

GC after Stage 6: 895.9 km raced so far at an average speed of 38.609 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 23hr 12min 15sec
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO @ 12 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING
4 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
9 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:01:24
10 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:01:35
Complete Stage 6 results, GC, photos and profile

Thursday, June 12: Stage 5, Sisteron - La Mure, 189.5 km

Stage 5 finish

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Rated Ascents:

The Race: What a day! Hot weather today.

Yesterday Sky seemed to show signs of tiredness. Today, on the descent of the Côte de Laffrey, Alberto Contador (with temporary help from teammate Sergio Paulinho) attacked the Yellow Jersey group and quickly established a gap of over a minute.

Earlier a 17-man escape had gone clear and with 20 km remaining Contador had started picking up help from those who had been dropped (including French champion Arthur Vichot) from the original break. Sky, understanding the seriousness of the moment, was at the front of the pack (about 18 riders strong) laboring to bring back the fleeing Spaniard.

Contador couldn't get enough help from his fellow breakaways and was back in the Froome group with 16 km to go.

Meanwhile, there were still riders of the original break off the front with Simon Spilak alone ahead of everyone.

Spilak motored to the finish to win the stage, making two stage wins in a row for Katusha, while the remaining breakaways were mopped up. Back in the Yellow Jersey group Wilco Kelderman and Adam Yates attacked the Froome group. Sky mounted a frenzied chase, but Kelderman (with Yates) stayed away to grab the six-second time bonus for second place, making him tied with Contador in the GC.

With lots of work, Froome preserved his overall lead.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 39.02 km/hr

1 Simon Spilak TEAM KATUSHA 4hr 51min 24sec
2 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING @ 14 seconds
3 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE
4 Daryl Impey ORICA GREENEDGE 0:00:17
5 Romain Bardet AG2R LA MONDIALE
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez TEAM KATUSHA
7 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM
8 Damiano Caruso CANNONDALE
9 Arthur Vichot FDJ.FR
10 Leopold Konig TEAM NETAPP-ENDURA
Complete stage 5 results, GC, photos and profile

GC after Stage 5: 717.4 km raced so far at an average speed of 37.725 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 19hr 01min 00sec
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO @ 12 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING
4 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
9 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:01:24
10 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:01:35
Complete stage 5 results, GC, photos and profile

Wednesday, June 11: Stage 4, Montélimar - Gap, 167.5 km

Stage 4 finish

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Rated ascents:

The Race: The organizers called this a day for "butterflies in the stomach" because of the highly technical descent of the Col de Manse shortly before the finish in Gap. Overall they considered it a day made for adventurous breakaways with both the curvy roads between Nyons and Veynes (roughly the stage's middle third) and the hair-raising ride down the Manse.

Early on, a thirteen-man group escaped and was allowed to gain a five-minute gap. By the Col de Manse the break was partly reeled in, having a couple of minutes in hand. Sky did the hard work of controlling the peloton while the break fragmented on the climb. Katusha's Yury Trofimov (a good descender) attacked the break and went over the top of the Manse about two and a half minutes ahead of the yellow jersey group with lots of riders scattered in between.

Trofimov's race down the difficult mountain road was completely insane. He held his lead on the short flat section leading into Gap and took a wonderful, well-earned solo win.

Chris Froome maintained his 12-second lead in the GC over Alberto Contador.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 41.99 km/hr

1 Yury Trofimov TEAM KATUSHA 3hr 59min 22sec
2 Gustav Larsson IAM CYCLING @ 23 seconds
3 Pim Ligthart LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:25
4 Lars-Peter Nordhaug BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:28
5 Peter Velits BMC RACING TEAM
6 Maxime Bouet AG2R LA MONDIALE
7 Jan Bakelants OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
8 Damiano Caruso CANNONDALE
9 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:01:31
10 Ryder Hesjedal GARMIN - SHARP
Complete Stage 4 results, GC, photos and profile

GC after Stage 4:

1 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 14hr 09min 19sec
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO @ 12 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:21
4 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:00:50
7 Maxime Bouet AG2R LA MONDIALE 0:01:01
8 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING 0:01:22
9 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
10 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:01:31
Complete Stage 4 results, GC, photos and profile

Tuesday, June 10: Stage 3, Ambert - Le Teil, 194 km

Stage 3 finish

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Rated ascents:

The Race: Stage 3 was the 2014 edition's longest stage with two second-category climbs followed by a flat run-in to the 450 meter-long Allée Paul Avon finish.

It was a hot day but that did not deter a three-man break from staying away until the final ten kilometers. Then other attacks fired off, but it came down to a big sprint. Nikias Arndt barely won the stage. French super-sprinter Arnaud Demare managed only eighth place.

Christopher Froome remains the overall leader with a 12-second lead over Alberto Contador.

Complete Results:

Winner's average speed: 35.267 km/hr

1 Nikias Arndt TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO 5hr 30min 03sec
2 Kris Boeckmans LOTTO-BELISOL
3 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO
4 Yannick Martinez TEAM EUROPCAR
5 Davide Cimolai LAMPRE - MERIDA
6 Jens Keukeleire ORICA GREENEDGE
7 Alexei Tcatevich TEAM KATUSHA
8 Arnaud Demare FDJ.FR
9 Gianni Meersman OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP
10 Marco Marcato CANNONDALE
Complete Stage 3 results, GC, photos and profile

GC after Stage 3: 360.4 km raced so far at an average speed of 35.539 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome TEAM SKY 10hr 07min 47sec
2 Alberto Contador TINKOFF-SAXO @ 12 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman BELKIN PRO CYCLING 0:00:21
4 Andrew Talansky GARMIN - SHARP 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck LOTTO-BELISOL 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldia TREK FACTORY RACING 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang ASTANA PRO TEAM
9 Adam Yates ORICA GREENEDGE 0:01:31
10 Tanel Kangert ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:01:35
Complete Stage 3 results, GC, photos and profile

Monday, June 9: Stage 2, Tarare - Pays d'Olliergues/Col du Béal, 156 km

Stage 2 finish

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Rated Ascents:

The Race: All the real action was on the final ascent, the above-category Col du Béal where the day's break was caught and the contenders unsheathed their broadswords.

After Sky's Mikel Nieve reduced the front group to a small elite of about six riders, several riders tried to escape, including Wilco Kelderman, Andrew Talansky and Jurgen Van den Broek. But Chris Froome was constantly on guard and did the work of retrieving each attack.

Of the three most serious contenders (Froome, Contador, Nibali), Vincenzo Nibali showed the greatest weakness. He would be dropped and then claw his way back. Alberto Contador refused to work, just following Froome, seemingly without any stuggle. Under the Red Kite Froome attacked a couple of times, each time taking only Contador.

Froome couldn't drop the Spaniard, but he did win the stage and retain his overall lead.

Results:

Winner's average speed: 35.363 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome Team Sky 4hr 24min 41sec
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo
3 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling @ 4 seconds
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto-Belisol 0:00:10
5 Andrew Talansky Garmin - Sharp 0:00:12
6 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:00:27
7 Igor Anton Movistar Team 0:00:40
8 Adam Yates Orica Greenedge 0:00:42
9 Sébastien Reichenbach IAM Cycling 0:00:44
10 Daniel Navarro Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:45
Complete stage 2 results, GC, photos and stage profile

GC after Stage 2:

1 Christopher Froome Team Sky 4hr 37min 44sec
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo @ 12 seconds
3 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:21
4 Andrew Talansky Garmin - Sharp 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto-Belisol 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang Astana Pro Team 0:01:22
9 Adam Yates Orica Greenedge 0:01:31
10 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team 0:01:35
Complete stage 2 results, GC, photos and stage profile

Sunday, June 8: Stage 1, Lyon 10.4 km individual time trial

Chris Froome

Complete Stage 1 results, photos and stage profile |

Rated ascent:

The Race: Chris Froome's sparkling condition was on display during the Dauphiné's technical first stage when he beat all the other contenders (notably Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali) by significant margins. Froome said his resounding win was a surprise, but I don't believe it and if Froome was surprised by his win, he was probably the only one.

Alberto Contador, who was tenth in the Dauphiné last year and is looking to peak for the Tour de France, pronounced himself happy with his second place.

Tomorrow's stage is a hilly challenge with six categorized climbs, the last of which is a finish at the top of the HC-rated Col du Béal.

Results (GC is the same):

Winner's average speed: 47.177 km/hr

1 Christopher Froome Team Sky 13min 13.6sec
2 Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo @ 8 seconds
3 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 0:00:09
4 Andrew Talansky Garmin - Sharp 0:00:11
5 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling  
6 Lars Boom Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:12
7 Vasil Kiryienka Team Sky  
8 Vincenzo Nibali Astana Pro Team 0:00:13
9 Tejay Van Garderen Bmc Racing Team  
10 Matthias Brandle Iam Cycling  
Complete Stage 1 results, photos and stage profile