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by Shane Stokes
June 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Chris Froome has had a somewhat muted year thus far and was looking for a morale boost on stage four of the Critérium du Dauphiné. However finishing eighth, 37 seconds behind former teammate Richie Porte and two seconds behind Alberto Contador wasn’t the result he was searching for.
He appeared somewhat downbeat in the post-stage interviews, admitting that he had hoped for more. “It was a tough time trial. Not my best performance,” he told reporters. “But I think if anything it shows what great shape some of my other Tour de France rivals are in. Richie…Valverde did a very impressive time trial as well, Contador. I knew the level was going to be high coming here, but I think this time trial just proves it.
He said it meant he needs to do more to be ready for the race against the clock in the Tour. “It is tough. It is tough. I have got my work cut out for me, that’s for sure. I’ve still got obviously three weeks now, after Dauphiné, in terms of time trial work. It is obviously something I am going to have to do a bit more work on.”
Asked as to how the result affects things for the remainder of the race, he said that it does change the dynamic. Because he is behind, he said that he may well be more aggressive on the climbs than he might otherwise be.
The Briton won the Tour de France in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and, each time, he took the Critérium du Dauphiné beforehand. Because of that, he will do what he can to take another edition of the race. “It is racing,” he said, speaking of the day’s result plus the bigger picture. “You can’t win all the time. I didn’t know where I was, to be honest. That is why I am here, to see exactly where I am. It was a good test, but we have got three big days of climbing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Again that will be a good test to see where everybody is at.”