Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Martin wins stage

Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Martin wins stage

Julian Alaphilippe won the first mountain stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Lans-en-Vercors as Gianni Moscon overhauled his Team Sky colleague Michal Kwiatkowski to take the overall lead.

Coming to the end of the 181-kilometre stage, Martin attacked but Alaphilippe resisted in a select four-man move.

The Frenchman beat UAE Team Emirates' Daniel Martin (Ireland) and Team Sky's Geraint Thomas (Britain) in the final sprint.

Although Thomas gained a four-second time bonus, the yellow jersey actually shifted onto the shoulders of his teammate and best young rider Gianni Moscon, who came into the stage just three seconds behind Kwiatkowski.

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In the final steep climb Martin, trailing the overall leaders by nearly three minutes, was allowed to escape as the overall contenders eyed each-other. "I'm still waiting for the Tour de France, I'm not in top condition, but this is a good sign for July".

Saturday's stage is nearly the same as the Tour de France stage 16 with four major climbs on the menu and a summit finish at la Rosiere.

With Team Sky pushing the pace, the peloton got smaller and smaller yet Cataldo was able to stay clear and keep his hopes of a stage win alive much deeper into the stage than would have seemed likely.

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