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Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré 2009: last stage.

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré

A group of 28 riders attacked from the start and after only 10 kilometres had passed they had a 1:30 lead. The break contained José Ivan Gutierrez, Oscar Pereiro and Javier Zandio (Caisse d’Epargne), Stef Clement (Rabobank), Igor Anton and Iñaki Isasi (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Hubert Dupont (Ag2r La Mondiale), Sébastien Joly and Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux), Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), Marco Velo and Martijn Wynants (Quick Step), Cyril Gautier and William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Christian Kux and Martin Velits (Team Milram), Daniele Righi (Lampre-NGC), Bert Grabsch, Adam Hansen and Frantisek Rabon (Team Columbia-Highroad), Nikolay Trussov (Team Katusha), Aliaksandr Kuschinski (Liquigas), Beñat Intxausti (Fuji-Servetto), Brent Bookwalter and Alexander Moos (BMC Racing Team), Jurgen Van Goolen (Team Saxo Bank), Tim Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream) and Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana).

The highest ranked of the escapees on GC was Clement, 15th at 9:40. When the gap was just over 2:20 to the peloton, Grabsch attacked on his own at km 48. The current time trial world champion stayed away until km 111 after gaining a maximum lead of 3:00. As soon as the German was caught, his teammate Hansen counter-attacked at the bottom of the Saint-Bernard-de-Touvet climb. The Team Columbia-Highroad Australian was soon joined by Duggan on the ascent.

On the Saint-Bernard-de-Touvet, Evans attacked several times but Contador was always prompt to respond with Valverde on his wheel. In a race with a lot of dynamic action, Duggan dropped Hansen but was soon joined by Clement in the lead. The duo had a 1:30 advantage over the Valverde group with 20 kilometres to go and were joined by Joly with 8 kilometres remaining. Joly attacked 1.5 kilometres before the line but Clement had enough strength to catch Joly and outsprint his breakaway companions for the stage victory.

June 14, 2009 at 20:37 Leave a comment


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