Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 stage 1

Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 7, 2016

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Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint; Opie wins second stage at Tour of Korea; Porte seeks Tour leadership at Dauphiné;  Hepburn returning focus back to the track for Rio; Canadian cycling legend Jocelyn Lovell passes away; Paul Lew joins EDCO Engineering; Cyclist dies after collision with London bus; Specialized Foundation to fund research about exercise effects on ADHD; Recap: Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; An Post Ras with Neon Velo; On-board video from Dauphiné prologue; Anatomy of a bike throw

Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 stage 1

Bouhanni punches through to take Dauphine field sprint

by Michael Better

It was only fitting, on a day that saw Nacer Bouhanni head-butt sprint rival Alexander Kristoff, that the amateur boxer turned professional cyclist would throw punches in his victory salute and then dedicate the stage to recently deceased former heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali.

Bouhanni, who was relegated at Paris-Nice for an irregular sprint, escaped penalty after he and his Cofidis teammate, Christophe Laporte, both used their heads — literally — to fight for position against Kristoff and his Katusha teammates.

What many saw as behavior deserving of relegation, or even disqualification, paid off for the 25-year-old Frenchman, who punched the air across the line, ahead of Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) to win Stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine in Saint-Vulbas.

Bouhanni lost track of his lead-out train in the final kilometres and opted to barge into the leadout of Team Katusha, which controlled the peloton into the final kilometre for Kristoff.

The victory brings Bouhanni’s season win total to eight, and gives him and his team a boost of confidence heading into Tour de France, where the Frenchman will hope to come away with his inaugural victory in Le Grand Bouncle.

Stage 1: Cluses > Saint-Vulbas - Stage Result

Monday 6th June 2016

1. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
04:27:53
2. be
DEBUSSCHERE Jens
Lotto Soudal
-
3. ie
BENNETT Sam
Bora-Argon 18
-
4. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
-
5. be
VAN GENECHTEN Jonas
IAM Cycling
-
6. nl
HOFLAND Moreno
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
7. fr
HUREL Tony
Direct Energie
-
8. no
HOLST ENGER Sondre
IAM Cycling
-
9. za
IMPEY Daryl
Orica GreenEDGE
-
10. be
THEUNS Edward
Trek - Segafredo
-
11. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
-
12. de
DEGENKOLB John
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
13. it
ZURLO Federico
Lampre - Merida
-
14. nl
SINKELDAM Ramon
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
15. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
16. nz
BAUER Jack
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
17. it
CARUSO Damiano
BMC Racing Team
-
18. au
HAAS Nathan
Dimension Data
-
19. dz
REGUIGUI Youcef
Dimension Data
-
20. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
-
21. it
GUARNIERI Jacopo
Team Katusha
-
22. ua
GRIVKO Andrei
Astana Pro Team
-
23. fr
GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
-
24. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
-
25. es
SOLER Marc
Movistar Team
-

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Today’s feature image comes from stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas.

  • geoff.tewierik

    Any reason why CT isn’t covering the Trans American Bike Race?

    • Saeba R.

      Any reason they should cover the Trans American Bike Race?

      • PEPE

        The fact that its an Australian website, and an Australian Female Rider (Sarah Hammond) held the overall leader position for the first days, and for the first time in history a female rider has ever done it should be enough reasons…

      • geoff.tewierik

        It was covered last year, can’t see why, with the increase in local American input to the site by Neal, that it hasn’t been covered this year.

    • Anon N + 1

      Is that a serious question or are you simply trying to call attention to the typos/misspellings of “la,” “grande” and “boucle”?

      • geoff.tewierik

        Lets go with a 50:50 split. Was wondering whether it was a thing actually.

        • Anon N + 1

          Internet research reveals that, spelled correctly, “La Grande Boucle” is an expression referring to the Tour de France. As you probably can infer, “grande” is the feminine form of an adjective that can be translated as “large, big, grand, etc.” and “boucle” can be translated as “loop, bight, circle.” So word-for-word translation for “La Grande Boucle” would be “The Big Loop” or something similar. (Please note your correspondent has no expertise in French and doesn’t speak it at all. If I had been responsible for the original report, I probably would have made the same spelling/grammar mistakes.)

      • geoff.tewierik

        Cheers Matt.

    • jules

      is this why my FB feed is cluttered with gushing stories of some woman called Sarah Hammond who is touring the US on her bike?

      • geoff.tewierik

        Dunno Jules, I don’t do facebook.

  • Nitro

    Mr Horner – my mother always used to say “If you’re not going to look after your toys – you’re certainly not going to get any new ones”…

    • Russ

      Rubbish bottle kick….needs to work on that!

  • BrosEmpire

    When Nacer Bouhanni wins, cycling loses…

    • jules

      why? that was exciting.

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  • Anto, NZ

    It’s a shame Bouhanni isn’t still an boxer; because at least then we could watch him getting punched in the face.

    • Dave

      I wonder if Etixx will select Brambilla for Kittel’s leadout train at the Tour de France?

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