Talansky Breaks Away to Overall Win in Dauphine Libere

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06/16/2014| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
2014 Criterium du Dauphine winner Andrew Talansky (Team Garmin-Sharp-POC) on the podium with Alberto Contador and Jurgen Van Den Broeck Fotoreporter Sirotti

Talansky Breaks Away to Overall Win in Dauphine Libere

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp-POC) has won the Dauphine Libere.

Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp-POC) has won the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine Libere. The American jumped into the break of the day and held off yellow jersey Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo Bank) to take the overall win. Mikel Nieve (Sky) won Stage 8, a mountainous, 131.5-km ride from Megeve to Courchevel, in 3:20:29. Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) finished second at 0:03, and Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) took third at 0:05. Talansky finished fourth at 0:09 to take the race from Contador.

On the day’s first climb, the Category 2 Cote de Domancy, 23 riders got clear. They were David Lopez, Nieve, and Richie Porte (all from Sky); Tanel Kangert and Liewve Westra (both from Astana); Daniel Navarro and Yoann Bagot (Cofidis); Yates; Igor Anton and John Gadret (both from Movistar); Bardet, Alexis Gougeard, and Jean-Christoph Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale); Thomas Voeckler (Europcar); Jurgen van den Broeck and Tony Gallopin (both from Lotto-Belisol); Kristjan Koren (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team); Tejay van Garderen (Team BMC Racing); Yuri Trofimov (Katusha); Ryder Hesjedal and Talansky (Garmin-Sharp-POC); Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida); and Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura). In addition to Talansky, Van den Broeck, Bardet, and Yates, who began the day in fifth, seventh, and 10 th, respectively, overall, made this move a dangerous one.

The fugitives ran up at 3:20 lead, which put Talansky into the race lead and spurred Tinkoff-Saxo Bank and Sky to start chasing. On the Category 1 Col des Saisies, Porte and Westra dropped back as Chris Froome (Sky) and three teammates attacked. The resulting combustion formed a chase group of 18 riders. They were Froome, Vasily Kiriyenka, Danny Pate, Porte, and Geraint Thomas (all from Sky); Vincenzo Nibali and Jakob Fuglsang (both from Astana); Contador; Luis Mate (Cofidis); Mickael Cherel and Ben Gastauer (both from Ag2r-La Mondiale); Sebastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling); Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing Team); Daniel Moreno (Katusha); Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step); Wilco Kelderman and Martijn Keizer (both from Belkin); and Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura). At the summit, the break trailed the chase group by 2:35, and with 50 km left, the escapees led the pursuit by a little less than two minutes. Seventeen km later, the gap had narrowed to one minute.

Hesjedal went to the front of the break and started hammering. Behind, Nibali attacked. On the Category 1 Cote de Montagny, the first of two Category 1 ascents that would end the stage, rain began to fall and Contador attacked. Froome, who began the day in second overall at 0:08 but who was  suffering from injuries sustained in a Stage 5 crash, did not follow. With 20 km remaining, the break led Nibali and Kelderman by 1:09, Contador by 2:10, and Froome by 2:34. Ten km later, Contador was 1:11 behind Talansky’s group, and Froome was at 2:54.

Nibali and Kelderman closed on Talansky’s group, and with four km left, Contador was at 0:56. Nieve attacked to get a stage win for himself and his team. Nibali fell off of the pace, but Kelderman continued to pursue the leaders. Contador jumped out of the saddle in a last-ditch attempt to save his yellow jersey,

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