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Criterium du Dauphine 2018: Daryl Impey wins Stage 1

Joseph Delves
4 Jun 2018

Daryl Impey takes the win but Michal Kwiatkowski retains the overall lead at the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine

Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) took the win on Stage 1 of the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine from a reduced bunch sprint. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) finished near enough to the stage winner to retain the overall lead after winning the Prologue time trial.

Following the 6.6km Prologue time trial, Stage 1 proved a tricky prospect. With two decent sized climbs early on, the later section featured several bumps before two and a half 12km laps around Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert.

Despite not looking quite like a traditional sprint stage, with only it and Stage 2 tomorrow in play for the sprint teams the pressure was on for the big men.

Looking to spoil their day, Lawson Craddock (EF-Drapac), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Samsic) fancied hanging themselves out front.

Going off early on the opening climb of the Col de Leyrisse, they benefited from the peloton waiting-up for several struggling sprinters.

Building a maximum advantage of almost six minutes the chase was initially lead by Vital Concept.

It gained impetus with both Quick-Step Floors and AG2R La Mondiale helping close the gap.

A crash at 18km to go saw several riders crash and Trek-Segafredo’s Kiel Reijnen leaving the race. The catch came at 12.4 km and just as the final lap began.

]After 2,836m of climbing run off with a high average speed many of the teams were looking frayed. Lotto-Soudal and Mitchelton-Scott made efforts to marshall the pack.

At 10 km another crash put paid to Axel Domont’s (AG2R La Mondial) day, along with several other riders. Team Sky looked to keep Kwiatkowski safe and in the lead with Tao Geoghegan Hart riding on the front.

BMC Racing’s Dylan Teuns tried to break away with 4km to go, only to be closed down by Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Kwiatkowski.

With the bunch now reduced to around 30 riders, a Classics-style finish appeared on the cards.

Swinging onto the final 400metre climb Impey went early, and no one could match him. Alaphilippe was closest with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) the best of the pure sprinters in third.

Having won the opening day Prologue, the lack of time differences means Kwiatkowski retains the overall lead.

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