Cadel Evans has surprised most everyone by taking the first stage of the Dauphine (after yesterday’s prologue) on what looked to be a sprinters finish. Evans found himself in a three man break on a tricky descent off the Cote de la Sizeranne with 11km to go and he, Coppel and Kashechkin worked together well to hold off the peloton. Evans just kept riding hard to the line and the others tried to pass in vain as Evans grabbed the stage and moved up to second on the GC.
Cadel is just 1 second behind Bradley Wiggins who has the leaders jersey in what is the major tune up race for the Tour de France. Don’t think Brad and Cadel don’t notice one another on the leader board and out on the road. They also may have… may have noticed that Andy Schleck was dropped on the Sizeranne and lost 3’10” on the overall. Whether Andy is just training, or sandbagging or who knows?, with and already tense relationship between he and Johan Bruyneel, this must not make things less tense.
Lastly, both Samuel Sanchez and Dan Martin crashed today. Samuel finished the stage within the limit, but was really struggling and is suspected to have broken ribs which may complicate his Tour. Dan Martin also finished and looked to have hurt his shoulder, but word is the injury isn’t too bad.
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 1 Top Five
1. Cadel Evans (BMC)_______4h36’51”
2. Jerome Coppel (SAU)
3. Andrei Kashechkin (AST)
4. Nicolas Bohanni (FDJ)___+4″
5. Tony Gallopin (RNT)
138. Andy Schleck (RNT)____+3’10”
Complete Stage Results: LeTour.fr
Overall Classification after Stage 1
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)____4h43’04”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)________+1″
3. Andrei Grivko (AST)______+2″
4. Carlos Barredo (RAB)_____+2″
5. Tony Martin (OPQ)________+4″
Complete Classification: LeTour.fr