6.05.2016

Dauphinè from Far: Prologue


I'm in Follonica, South Tuscany, enjoying the sun and the sea. I took the train in Floremce this morning and will be back tomorrow, in the late afternoon.
I spent the day on the beach: reading, sleeping, listening to the sea waves breaking on the shore. 
The opener in the Dauphiné was an individual time trial, definitely hard because brutally uphill. The weather was good, here and there. Alberto Contador took a classy win but his main opponents are close. It's going to be interesting.

Alberto Contador:

“I knew there was a good trial on this course but I didn't know if it were tough enough to win. My legs were missing speed, my heart was beating like crazy but I can't say it's a surprise to beat Chris Froome however, I didn't expect to win. It was a very hard time trial, especially from km 2 to 1km to go with a gradient of more than 20%. You had to do the first part really fast and keep the rhythm there as well. The fact it was hard suited me really well.
My goal here is to keep building my form for the Tour de France. It will be a long week and the squad and myself will stick to our goal of fine-tuning for the Tour. Aiming at the GC here will be a big wear for us, so we will let other teams take that responsibility."

Richie Porte:
"That last 500m! It was just such a hard prologue. I haven't raced for the good part of a month and a half and I've flown under the radar so much this year. No one has even mentioned my name. I think it's good to be coming into this race with less pressure. There was certainly no hiding today so I think it is good for me in the big picture. At the end of it I could hardly stand up. It's a nice way to start a race, it's a bit different to a normal stock standard flat prologue.
I'm planning to stay out of trouble for the rest of the stages. We've got a strong team and there's no easy day here really. I think it's good that Tinkoff have to defend the jersey now. We'll save it all, as much as we can, for the weekend. 

Chris Froome:
"I'm happy with that. It's a good gauge of how I've pulled up after Tenerife and a long break from racing. I felt good, and although you can't read much into 4km, the feelings I'm getting are good. We'll have our work cut out this week though, with Richie [Porte] and Contador here. They are the main guys to beat. This week is a good chance to get some racing intensity in the legs and given that we've got a few guys here who will probably go into the Tour de France squad, it's really important for us to get through the week as best we can in terms of working together. We've got a fantastic team here: guys who are leaders in their own right, so there could be some really exciting racing."

RESULTS
ITT
1 Alberto Contador ((Spa)) Tinkoff Team 0:11:36
2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:06
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:13
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:21
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:24
6 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:25
7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:29
8 Adam Yates (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:31
9 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:37
10 Jesus Herrada (SPA) Movistar Team 0:00:39 
11 Daniel Navarro (SPA) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:43
12 Mikel Landa Meana (SPA) Team Sky 0:00:44
13 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:45
14 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:46
15 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:48
16 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:49
17 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:52
18 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida
19 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:53
20 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:54
21 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
22 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida
23 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
24 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:55
25 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling
26 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:58
27 Daryl Impey (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge
28 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:59
29 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida 0:01:00
30 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:01
31 Igor Anton Hernandez (SPA) Dimension Data 0:01:02
32 Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) Team Katusha
33 Sebastien Reichenbach (SWI) FDJ 0:01:03
34 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:06
35 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team 0:01:08
36 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
37 Marc Soler (SPA) Movistar Team 0:01:09
38 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team
39 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 0:01:11
40 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:01:12
41 Antonio Pedrero (SPA) Movistar Team
42 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:13
43 Daniel Moreno (SPA) Movistar Team
44 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
45 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:01:14
46 Steve Morabito (SWI) FDJ
47 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
48 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff Team 0:01:16
49 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 0:01:17
50 Omar Fraile (SPA) Dimension Data
51 Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:18
52 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 0:01:19
53 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:20
54 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
55 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:21
56 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
57 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora-Argon 18
58 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:22
59 Bart De Clerq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:23
60 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:24
61 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
62 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:26
63 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
64 Laurens de Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
65 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:28
66 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida 0:01:29
67 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff Team
68 Ruben Fernandez (SPA) Movistar Team 0:01:32
69 Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA) Astana Pro Team
70 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida
71 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:33
72 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:34
73 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:35
74 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha
75 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:01:36
76 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:38
77 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
78 Jack Bauer (NZl) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:40
79 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Tinkoff Team
80 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:41
81 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
82 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:42
83 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:43
84 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:45
85 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
86 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:01:46
87 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
88 Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data
89 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data
90 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal 0:01:49
91 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - Merida
92 Damien Howson (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:50
93 Christian Meier (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
94 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
95 Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:01:51
96 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:52
97 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:54
98 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
99 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
100 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:01:55
101 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:57
102 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:59
103 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:00
104 Haimar Zubeldia (SPA) Trek-Segafredo
105 Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:02:02
106 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:04
107 Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:05
108 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
109 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:06
110 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre - Merida
111 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:02:07
112 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
113 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:02:08
114 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data 0:02:09
115 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:13
116 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
117 Angel Vicioso (SPA) Team Katusha
118 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:14
119 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
120 Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
121 Amael Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:02:15
122 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling 0:02:16
123 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:02:17
124 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:18
125 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
126 Alberto Losada (SPA) Team Katusha 0:02:21
127 Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
128 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:22
129 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
130 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team 0:02:25
131 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:27
132 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:28
133 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:02:29
134 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff Team 0:02:30
135 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:02:33
136 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:34
137 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:35
138 Jens Keukeleire (Can) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:36
139 Jonathan Fumeaux (SWI) IAM Cycling
140 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 0:02:38
141 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:40
142 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:02:43
143 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:02:45
144 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
145 Francisco Ventoso (SPA) Movistar Team 0:02:46
146 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:47
147 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:48
148 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:02:49
149 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:54
150 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
151 Markel Irizar (SPA) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:55
152 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:56
153 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18 0:03:00
154 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ 0:03:04
155 Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie 0:03:08
156 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:03:09
157 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:11
158 Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:13
159 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling 0:03:14
160 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:18
161 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Katusha 0:03:20
162 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:03:22
163 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:03:23
164 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:25
165 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 0:03:27
166 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
167 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:31
168 Martin Velits (Svk) Etixx - Quick-Step
169 Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Argon 18 0:03:36
170 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:03:38
171 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:49
172 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:50
173 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling 0:04:28
174 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:04:34
175 Borut Bozic (Slo) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:38
176 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 0:05:07
POINTS
1 Alberto Contador ((Spa)) Tinkoff Team 15 pts
2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 12
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 10
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 8
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 6
6 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 5
7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4
8 Adam Yates (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3
9 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2
10 Jesus Herrada (SPA) Movistar Team 1
MOUNTAIN
1 Alberto Contador ((Spa)) Tinkoff Team 10 pts
2 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 8
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 6
4 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 4
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 2
6 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 1
YOUTH
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:12:00
2 Adam Yates (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:07
3 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:00:28
4 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida 0:00:30
5 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:31
6 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:35
7 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre - Merida 0:00:36
8 Marc Soler (SPA) Movistar Team 0:00:45
9 Antonio Pedrero (SPA) Movistar Team 0:00:48
10 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18 0:00:53
11 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:56
12 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:57
13 Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:58
14 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:04
15 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida 0:01:05
16 Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff Team
17 Ruben Fernandez (SPA) Movistar Team 0:01:08
18 Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre - Merida
19 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 0:01:14
20 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
21 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:21
22 Damien Howson (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:26
23 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:28
24 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:01:31
25 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:36
26 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 0:01:43
27 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:49
28 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
29 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:01:50
30 Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling 0:01:52
31 Michael Gogl (Aut) Tinkoff Team 0:02:01
32 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:04
33 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:02:19
34 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:02:23
35 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:30
36 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:01
37 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:07
38 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:25
39 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:26
TEAM
1 Team Sky 0:36:10
2 BMC Racing Team 0:00:32
3 Etixx-QuickStep 0:00:49
4 Tinkoff Team 0:00:55
5 Astana Pro Team 0:01:17
6 Lampre-Merida 0:01:24
7 Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:28
8 AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:33
9 Movistar Team 0:01:38
10 FRA FDJ 0:01:47
11 Dimension Data 0:01:50
12 Trek-Segafredo 0:02:07
13 Bora Argon 18 0:02:11
14 Lotto Soudal 0:02:14
15 IAM Cycling 0:02:39
16 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:44
17 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:02:52
18 Direct Energie 0:02:56
19 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:09
20 Team Katusha 0:03:28
21 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:36
22 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:04:56

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