Critérium du Dauphiné 2015 Stage 7: Outstanding Froome wins Queen Stage - Van Garderen new leader

Chris FroomeThe 7th stage in the Dauphiné is a master-piece. Five cols in the 1st category and the finale is fingerlicking good. Chris Froome and a brilliant Sky squad were in a class of their own, but Tejay van Garderen is the new GC leader. Nibali finishes 4 minutes down. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 7th stage Critérium du Dauphiné

1. Chris Froome (gbr)
2. Tejay van Garderen (usa) + 0.17
3. Louis Meintjes (rsa) + 0.41
4. Beñat Intxausti (spa) z.t.
5. Joaquim Rodriguez (spa) + 0.54
6. Romain Bardet (fra) + 1.08
7. Alexis Vuillermoz (fra) + 1.15
8. Andrew Talansky (usa) + 1.25
9. Rui Costa (por) + 1.34
10. Daniel Navarro (spa) + 1.45

17.  Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 2.02
24. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) + 3.58

GC after stage 7
1. Tejay van Garderen (usa)
2. Chris Froome (gbr) + 0.18
3. Beñat Intxausti (spa) + 0.45
4. Rui Costa (por) + 1.10
5. Simon Yates (gbr) + 1.29
6. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 1.39
7. Romain Bardet (fra) + 1.45
8. Daniel Martin (irl) + 2.29
9. Andrew Talansky (usa) + 2.39
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (spa) + 2.46

Race report
A group of 14 riders attack with 4 km’s done and in an entertaining race faces come and go. When climbing up Col de la Croix Fry, the third 1st category climb of the day, 26 riders are upfront. Then Sky takes control and starts pushing with two results: the bunchs gets smaller and the front group is at arms lenth.

Dani Navarro and Riccardo Zoidl attack in the front group with 36 km’s, but at the closing cliomb it is Team Sky taking control. Nibali is dropped on time and so is Rui Costa. Chris Froome himself takes control it is only Tejay van Garderen who is able to follow.

With 2 km’s to go Chris Froome storms away and heads for the win.

KOM
Daniel Teklehaimanot was the first to crest all tops today and is the KOM-winner of the 2015 Dauphine.

This is today’s route.

Critérium du Dauphiné 2015 stage 7: Route maps, height profiles, and more

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Chris Froome


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