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by Matt de Neef
June 6, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Alberto Contador wins tough Dauphine prologue; Megan Guarnier victorious in the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic; Maurits Lammertink crowned Tour de Luxembourg winner; Oscar Pujol wins the Tour of Japan; Tour de Korea opener won by Jon Aberasturi; Keagan Girdlestone in a critical condition after collision with team car; Tinkov – BMC and Katusha could soon shut up shop; Dumoulin and Martin on the Dauphine uphill prologue; The Mt. Fuji stage of the Tour of Japan; Adam Phelan Weekly: Training in Girona.
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) has wasted no time in taking the lead at the Criterium du Dauphine, winning the uphill prologue ahead of Richie Porte (BMC) and Chris Froome (Sky).
The tough opening stage was contested on a 3.9km all-uphill course with an average gradient nudging 10%. Contador completed the course in 11:36 (20.7km/h), six seconds ahead of Porte and 13 seconds ahead of Froome.
“It was a very hard time trial, especially from km 2 to 1km to go with a gradient of more than 20%,” Contador said afterwards. “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.”
“Today was a perfect day. We had a short race, we had to do it a full pace and from now we will take the race day-by-day. The time gaps are very small and some teams, especially Sky, came here to win.”
The eight-stage Criterium du Dauphine continues today with the first road stage, a 186km effort from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas featuring four small climbs along the way.