Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1: Bunch Sprint6. June 2016, Saint-Vulbas — Road Team
A bunch sprint capped off the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which saw Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) take the win and Richie Porte cross the line safely in the peloton.
After the 3.9km uphill time trial, Stage 1 presented one of the few opportunities for the sprinters. A two-rider breakaway went away just after kilometer 0, staying away until 12 kilometers before the line.
Greg Van Avermaet was well positioned for the sprint but pulled back as the lead in to the line became a hectic fight between Bouhanni and Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) in the sprint.
Quotes of the Day
Greg Van Avermaet:
“With 800 meters to go I was sitting in a really good position, in fourth or fifth wheel. But then Bouhanni and Kristoff were battling for position and almost crashed each other, so I decided not to risk things. It was a really hectic finish.”
“Today was quite a nice day. It was relaxed in the bunch and the team kept me in a good position all day, and especially in that hectic final. It worked well and we stayed out of trouble. I felt quite good to be honest. I feel good on the bike and at where I need to be heading into July, so that’s quite exciting.”
“Tomorrow it will be all about the GC guys seeing where the other guys are leading into the Tour de France, so I think there will be fireworks and it should be good.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“The objective for today was to stay out of trouble. It was clear that it was a stage for the sprinters, so we wanted to protect Richie and to avoid any gaps in the final sprint. The team did a really good job and I think it was an ideal opening stage, before we get into the harder climbs tomorrow.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 1 Cluses to Saint-Vulbas (186km)
Top 3: 1. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), 2. Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal), Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 17. Damiano Caruso, 20. Greg Van Avermaet, 44. Richie Porte
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