Sunday 02 June 2013 at 19h33

The Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 didn't start with a prologue in the form of a time trial today. Indeed, 121 kilometers in a stage in line with start and finish in Champéry in Switzerland were the terrain where the riders had to set the first times for this stage race.

David Veilleux (Europcar), not happy with the absence of the possibility for time trial experts to win the first stage, managed this stage as a time trial anyway and the Canadian rider succeeded in this strategy by winning this stage!

The summary of the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013: Champéry (CH) > Champéry (CH)

176 riders started in the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 at the end of the morning today.

Right from kilometer 3, David Veilleux (Europcar) attacked and, together with Thomas Damuseau (Team Argos-Shimano) and Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and a bit later also with Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel-Euskadi), he formed the breakaway of the day and 5 kilometers further these 4 leading riders already had a 1'50" gap on the peloton and this continued to grow.

Tony MartinWhen Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) starts the chase, it already seems to be too late because a few kilometers further, after 40 kilometers in the race, the gap of the 4 leading riders is already above 10 minutes.

David VeilleuxThe German rider gets a bit closer to the lead of the race anyway, but this lead has changed as well, with David Veilleux who repeated his initial attack to go off alone leading the race in the climb of the Col du Corbier. On top of this climb he already has a 40 seconds gap on Damuseau and Garcia Ambroa, 1'50" on Bideau, 2'05" on Martin and still 5'35" on the peloton.

He then still has 45 kilometers to do and on top of the forelast difficulty of the day, the Pas de Morgins at the border going back to Switzerland, his gap on the first duo behind him is already up to 1'50", Tony Martin still being in-between them and the peloton, at 3'05", close to be taken back by the peloton which is at 3'20".

On the Côte de Champéry, the Canadian rider still extends this gap and he finally crosses the finish line alone, followed almost 2 minutes later by Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

Thierry Hupond (Team Argos-Shimano) has abandoned during this stage so unless any riders are not starting, there will be 175 riders at the start of the second stage between Châtel and Oyonnax.

The classemifications of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 after the first stage


The stage classification for the 1st stage: Champéry (CH) > Champéry (CH)

Here's the top 10 of this first stage:

1/ David Veilleux (Europcar) - 3h17'35"
2/ Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - +1'56"
3/ Tom Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - +1'57"
4/ Richie Porte (Team Sky)
5/ Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
6/ Angel Madrazo (Movistar Team)
7/ Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
8/ Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
9/ Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard)
10/ Leopold König (Team NetApp-Endura)

The general classification

Since the Critérium du Dauphiné 2013 doesn't have any bonus seconds, the general classification is the same as the stage classification of the first stage of this stage race.

Points classification

The top 5 of the points classification is identical as well:

1/ David Veilleux (Europcar) - 20 points
2/ Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 12 points
3/ Tom Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - 10 points
4/ Richie Porte (Team Sky) - 8 points
5/ Christopher Froome (Team Sky) - 6 points

King of the Mountains classification

With his solo breakaway, David Veilleux (Europcar) picked up the biggest number of points of the riders present in today's breakaway:

1/ David Veilleux (Europcar) - 40 points
2/ Thomas Damuseau (Team Argos-Shimano) - 35 points
3/ Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel-Euskadi) - 28 points
4/ Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) - 24 points
5/ Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 15 points


Young riders classification

Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) is the best young rider of the stage. While the young Dutch rider was ill last week, he'll thus be wearing the white jersey of best young rider on the 2nd stage tomorrow:

1/ Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) - 3h19'32"
2/ Angel Madrazo (Movistar Team)
3/ Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard)
4/ Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
5/ Warren Barguil (Team Argos-Shimano)

door Thomas Vergouwen
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