Froome wins third Dauphine, Cum­mings takes stage

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

SAINT-ETIENNE-ENDEVOLUY (France)—Chris Froome held on to win the Cri­terium du Dauphine for the third time as fel­low Bri­ton Stephen Cum­mings won the sev­enth and fi­nal stage on Sun­day.

The two pre­vi­ous times Froome won the Dauphine, he went on to claim Tour de France glory a month later.

The 31-year-old had to sur­vive some ner­vous mo­ments in the fi­nal 15km of Sun­day’s 151km run from Le-Pont-deClaix to Su­perde­voluy as Spa­niard Al­berto Con­ta­dor launched sev­eral ac­cel­er­a­tions on the penul­ti­mate climb.

French­man Ro­main Bardet also tried his chances on a rapid de­scent be­tween the fi­nal two climbs but Froome doggedly chased down every at­tack.

He fin­ished 12 sec­onds clear of Bardet with Ire­land’s Dan Martin third at 19sec.

Aus­tralian Richie Porte was fourth at 21sec with Con­ta­dor, him­self a two-time Tour win­ner, set­tling for fifth at 35sec.

Cum­mings, 35, who won a mem­o­rable stage at last year’s Tour, out­wit­ting French pair Bardet and Thibaut Pinot in a dra­matic fin­ish, was the last of a 20-man break­away group to wilt and fin­ished 3min 58sec clear of the chas­ing pack.

Martin won the sprint for sec­ond with Bardet third, mov­ing both up a place in the over­all stand­ings thanks to the bonus points avail­able on the line.

Tas­ma­nian Porte, who started the day sec­ond, was caught out in the up­hill sprint fin­ish and lost two places.— AFP

Chris Froome celebrates his third Cri­terium du Dauphine vic­tory on Sun­day in Su­perde­voluy.

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