Criterium du Dauphine 2016 stage 3

Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 9, 2016

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In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Aru solos to Dauphiné stage victory with late-race attack, Contador retains yellow; Brenton Jones wins Korea stage, takes over lead; Motorist runs down cyclists, killing five in Michigan; Stig Broeckx finally out of danger after motorbike impact; Recovered after losing kidney, Trixi Worrack will make her return to racing this weekend; Orica-AIS and Cervélo-Bigla on skipping WordTour events in pursuit of Olympic success; 2015 UCI annual report released; LottoNL-Jumbo names Tour long-list; WADA suspends Madrid laboratory accreditation; USA Cycling testing for motorized doping; Giant-Alpecin adding development program for 2017; Dauphiné stage 3 highlights; Behind the scenes with Team Giant-Alpecin; Bora-Argon 18 altitude training camp; Huff crosses the finish line in style

Aru solos to Dauphiné stage victory with late-race attack, Contador retains yellow

by Michael Better

Fabio Aru’s tough spring season, marred by illness and poor fitness, triggered rumors that Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibali might share GC leadership at the Tour de France, even after winning the Giro d’Italia in May.

On Wednesday in Tournon-sur-Rhône, Aru showed he’s deserving of the team’s faith after a sensational solo victory on stage 3 of the Criterium du Dauphine, springing clear inside the final 15 kilometres.

“It was an easy day on paper, but it’s been hard all day,” Aru said. “I tried to go on the hill and my teammate Luis Leon Sanchez made it across. After I went solo, I only thought of pushing at the maximum. I’ve never thought I’d win this way.”

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) led the peloton across the line two seconds after Aru, with Niccolo Bonifazio (Trek-Segafredo) in third.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) survived a late-race scare, as the yellow jersey holder punctured with barely over 3km remaining in the stage. A quick bike change with teammate Roman Kreuziger allowed the two-time Tour de France winner to rejoin the peloton quickly and retain his lead in the general classification for another day over Richie Porte (BMC Racing). Chris Froome (Sky) remains third overall 13 seconds adrift of Contador.

Stage 3: Boën-sur-Lignon > Tournon - Stage Result

Wednesday 8th June 2016

1. it
ARU Fabio
Astana Pro Team
04:19:54
2. no
KRISTOFF Alexander
Team Katusha
0:02
3. it
BONIFAZIO Niccolo
Trek - Segafredo
-
4. fr
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
Etixx - Quick Step
-
5. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Dimension Data
-
6. ie
BENNETT Sam
Bora-Argon 18
-
7. za
IMPEY Daryl
Orica GreenEDGE
-
8. fr
BOUHANNI Nacer
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
-
9. it
GASPAROTTO Enrico
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-
10. fr
VICHOT Arthur
FDJ
-
11. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
-
12. si
PIBERNIK Luka
Lampre - Merida
-
13. fr
ROUX Anthony
FDJ
-
14. de
DEGENKOLB John
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
15. be
NAESEN Oliver
IAM Cycling
-
16. fr
DUMOULIN Samuel
AG2R La Mondiale
-
17. it
CONTI Valerio
Lampre - Merida
-
18. de
THURAU Bjorn
Wanty - Groupe Gobert
-
19. it
MORI Manuele
Lampre - Merida
-
20. be
DE PLUS Laurens
Etixx - Quick Step
-
21. it
ROSA Diego
Astana Pro Team
-
22. be
PAUWELS Serge
Dimension Data
-
23. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
-
24. fr
BARDET Romain
AG2R La Mondiale
-
25. de
BUCHMANN Emanuel
Bora-Argon 18
-

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Today’s feature image comes from the third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

  • Neuron1

    Why is it that nobody waited for Contador after he crashed? The peloton didn’t slow up or stop. I thought that was in the unwritten rules.

    • Dave

      Every country has one rule in cycling which doesn’t apply to them.

      For Italians (noting that Aru won the stage, as Nibbles did at the Giro) it is the unwritten one about attacking leaders.

      For Frenchies, it is the one about sprinting.

      For Russians, it is the WADA Code.

      For Australians, it is the one which reads “Commissaires, both individually and/or in a panel shall … ensure that the event be in all respects conducted according to the regulations.”

      • Neuron1

        Aru and the break were up the road, Sky were nearby. They, Sky, effectively attacked the jersey after his crash.. Tsk tsk, the righteous do-gooders should be all up in arms about the breech of the supposed protocol.

        • Dave

          Sky gets a pass there. Being a semi-Brit/semi-Italian team (partly funded by Sky Italia) they can combine the British exemption to cycling’s fashion rules with the Italian exemption to respecting the leader.

      • jules

        for the Swiss, it is the rule about (your engine) staying (in) neutral

    • Laurens

      If only the UCI would have these unwritten rules written down, that would avoid so much confusion!

    • jules

      chaingate

  • Dave

    Jonathan Tiernan-Locke can breath a big sigh of relief now, his world record for the most incompetently defended doping case has now passed to the tennis player now to be known as Career Sharap-over.

    Admitting to the independent tribunal that she was continuing to take it before matches at the Australian Open was just dumb. She should have followed the lead of the Katusha rider Eduard Vorganov, who got off by exploiting the error made by WADA in not doing their homework on how long it takes for meldonium to get out of the system.

  • Roger That

    Pineapples pose a far greater risk to riders than disc brakes.

  • Cam

    Horrific incident in Michigan, makes me fee sick reading about it. Reading some of the comments on the US news sites makes me feel even sicker, what a sad world we live in.

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  • Kieran Degan

    Nice win by Aru. Good to see an attack from a GC guy, love seeing someone put it all on the line. Risky move though. 15kms going hard out solo for a 2sec time gain may be costly as the race progresses. At least he sent a message to his rivals – he’s strong and will race to win.

    • jules

      he’s sending a message to Vino and Nibbles – clear the lane, I’m your man at the Tour

    • velocite

      Extraordinary. Was not an Aru fan, but I am now. And as you say, a message to rivals: expect the unexpected. But his win surely said something about the peloton as well: there was not one rider in it with the mix of skill, strength and motivation to catch him.

  • Nitro

    I will be fascinated to see if (when? – Please no) someone else gets caught for “Mechanical Doping”…

    Someone got busted in Europe, but (and this isn’t any form of defence) they were young / potentially easily led / potentially influenced by family etc etc
    With all of the publicity following, all of the testing now taking place, all of the focus on this as a topic, I do wonder if there’s anyone in the pro ranks who’d be brave (dumb) enough to actually try this…

    I very much have my fingers crossed that the deterrents out there are sufficient to ensure this never happens (but then again, I was someone who previously hoped that Lance wasn’t on the juice – and look how that worked out)

    Surely anyone caught for mechanical doping now would make Maria Sharapova look like she made a fantastic appropriate career choice by comparison!

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