Critérium du Dauphiné 2015 Stage 1: Kennaughs bests chasing pack

Peter KennaughThe 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné opens with a hilly stage leading from Ugine to Albertville. Four escapees colour the race, but it is Peter Kennaugh taking the flowers after a brilliant jump with 2 km's left and staying ahead of the chasing pack. The British national champion is the first overall leader. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 1st stage Critérium du Dauphiné

1. Peter Kennaugh (gbr)
2. Sacha Modolo (ita) + 0.02
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (nor) s.t.
4. Ties Benoot (bel) s.t.
5. Simon Gerrans (aus) s.t.
6. Nacer Bouhanni (fra) s.t.
7. Jay McCarthy (aus) s.t.
8. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
9. Samuel Dumoulin (fra) z.t.
10. Cyriel Gautier (fra) s.t.

11. Wilco Kelderman (nld) s.t.
16. Chris Froome (gbr) s.t.
42. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) s.t.
64. Bauke Mollema (nld) s.t.

GC after stage 1
1. Peter Kennaugh (gbr)
2. Sacha Modolo (ita) + 0.06
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (nor) + 0.08
4. Ties Benoot (bel) + 0.12
5. Simon Gerrans (aus) s.t.
6. Nacer Bouhanni (fra) s.t.
7. Jay McCarthy (aus) s.t.
8. Alejandro Valverde (spa) s.t.
9. Samuel Dumoulin (fra) z.t.
10. Cyriel Gautier (fra) s.t.

Race report

Maarten Wynants, Romain Guillemois, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Björn Thurau are in the break of the day and they race to a maximum gain of 7’20” before the bunch takes control and brings it down to 2 minutes. There it lingers. At the penultimate climb up Côte du Villard Teklehaimanot and Thurau leave their companions, while the German goes solo on the last climb.

With 5 km’s left Thurai is reeled in by Kennaugh, Grivko, Izaggire, Wyss and Oss. The pack is a few seconds down.

Peter Kennaugh attacks with 2 km’s to go en gives it all he’s got. That’s a lot and to make it even better: it is enough and the man from the isle of Man outperforms the chasing peloton. He takes 10 bonus-seconds and is in yellow with a 0’06” lead over Sacha Modolo, who is awarded 6 seconds for outsprinting the pack and finishing second.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2015 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more

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Peter Kennaugh


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