Kwiato retains Dauphine lead

04 Jun 2018

Kwiato retains Dauphine lead

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A bunch sprint after an exciting run-in ensured Michal Kwiatkowski remained race leader at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The finale to stage one saw attacks among the general classification contenders on the fourth category Cote du Barrage de Grangent. Kwiatkowski followed a late dig from Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), with Geraint Thomas also briefly accelerating out of a stretched peloton.
 
The race came back together for a bunch kick in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, with Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) timing his sprint to perfection to take the stage win. That elevated Impey into second overall, just two seconds behind Kwiatkowski, who kept hold of the yellow and blue jersey, in addition to the green points jersey following a fifth place finish.
 
Gianni Moscon also kept hold of third place in the white young riders jersey, finishing in a reduced peloton alongside Geraint Thomas.
 
The team rode early on in the 179km test before Quick-Step Floors and Vital Concept took up the running, gradually closing down the day’s three-man break. 
 
Late on Tao Geoghegan Hart helped bring Kwiatkowski to the front, with Dylan van Baarle driving the pace late on as the race stretched out.
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After the stage Kwiatkowski described the action. He said: "It was a pretty nervous and quite technical final. Some parts of the circuit were still wet so it was very important to stay at the front. The team protected me very well.

"Julian Alaphilippe went pretty deep up the final climb. I was happy to stay on his wheel. That made the biggest damage I think. There were other sprinters in the bunch but they couldn’t go over. It was already a tough start with 8km uphill. In the last section I was even trying to sprint for the stage victory. But Impey was very impressive in the sprint. I’m happy the stage went the way it did."

Stage two result 
 
1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) 4:24:26
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
3. Pasal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
4. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
 
Overall standings:
 
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) 4:31:51
2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) +2”
3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +3"
4. Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) +7”
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +8”

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