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Critérium du Dauphiné 2016

12th June 2016

Chris Froome in the 2015 Tour de France 

Chris Froome defended his lead in the Critérium du Dauphiné on the final stage to Superdévoluy, to win the General Classification. Steve Cummings won the stage, with a long solo ride from a breakaway group.

Cummings wasn't a threat to the overall contenders, who were content to let him go. Alberto Contador attacked Froome on the penultimate climb, the Col du Noyer, but Froome was able to get back to him, along with Porte and Bardet - a select group of four. The group swelled on the descent, with Adam Yates and Julian Alaphilippe among the riders getting back on, as well as three of Froome's Sky teammates.

On the final (Category 3) climb to the finish, Dan Martin sprinted to second place, claiming 4 bonus seconds, and Romain Bardet was third, in the same time as Martin. Richie Porte lost 5 seconds to Martin and Bardet, so Bardet moves into second place overall. With the time gap plus the 4 bonus seconds, Martin also moves past Porte, into third place. Richie Porte drops to fourth place.

Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data) won the King of the Mountains competition; Edvald Boasson Hagen the sprinter's green jersey; and Julian Alaphilippe took the white jersey for the best young rider.

This is a race highlights video:

Cummings wins final stage

On the seventh and final stage from le Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy, Steve Cummings won with a long solo breakaway ride. 

Cummings joined a breakaway group of 19 riders, and at the start of the climb of the Col de Moissière (after about 100km), he went ahead alone. He was 1 minute 40 ahead of the others at the top of the col. With 15km left, Cummings had 4 minutes 35 advantage over the next riders on the road (now the yellow jersey group). He still had 4 minutes as he began the final climb to Superdévoluy.

Cummings came over the line in a time of 4 hours 5 minutes 6 seconds, raising his right arm in a victory salute. He said, 'It's getting harder and harder to win. I felt I had to try and force something. I wasn't necessarily thinking about winning, I was thinking about training for the Tour de France.'

CyclingNews has the full race results.

This is the highlights video of Stage 7:

These are the reports of the other stages of the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné (with video highlights of each stage):

Contador wins Dauphiné prologue

5th June 2016

Alberto Contador won the Dauphiné prologue, a short but steep uphill time trial in Les Gets. Richie Porte was second, 6 seconds back, and Chris Froome third, 13 seconds behind Contador. Read about Contador wins Dauphiné prologue.

Bouhanni wins Dauphiné Stage 1

6th June 2016

Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis was the fastest in a sprint finish in St-Vulbas, after clashes between Cofidis and Katusha riders in the closing stages. Read about Bouhanni wins Dauphiné Stage 1.

Herrada surges to Stage 2 Dauphine victory

7th June 2016

Jesus Herrada timed his surge perfectly to win on a gradual uphill finish in Chalmazel Jeanagnière. Read about Herrada surges to Stage 2 Dauphiné victory.

Aru wins Stage 3 Dauphiné

8th June 2016

Fabio Aru joined a leading group on the final climb, made a gap on the descent, and held on in the closing kilometres to record a stage win. Read about Aru wins Dauphiné Stage 3.

Boasson Hagen claims Stage 4 Dauphiné

9th June 2016

Edvald Boasson Hagen started his sprint from a long way out, and beat the efforts of Julian Alaphilippe and Nacer Bouhanni. Froome was in the front half of the bunch when it split late on, and gained 9 seconds on Contador and Porte. Read about Boasson Hagen claims Dauphiné Stage 4.

Froome wins Stage 5 Dauphiné 2016

10th June 2016

As the race moved into the mountains with a summit finish at Vaujany, Chris Froome was the strongest rider on the final climb, winning the stage and moving into the race leader's yellow jersey. Read about Froome wins Stage 5 Dauphiné 2016.

Pinot beats Bardet on Stage 6, Dauphiné 2016

11th June 2016

Romain Bardet broke away from the leading group on the final climb of Stage 6 to Méribel, but couldn't shake off fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. Pinot was faster in the sprint to the line, and claimed the stage win, but Bardet moves up to third in the GC. Read about Pinot beats Bardet on Dauphiné Stage 6.

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