Even the pros had a tough time of it on the prologues of the Critérium du Dauphiné, plus more videos of the week

The prologue of the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné was universally seen as brutally hard, but even within the pro ranks there were huge disparities between how the riders coped.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) sailed up the steep climb to take the stage and the first leader’s jersey. However, Steven Lammertink (LottoNL-Jumbo) did not cope too well.

Choosing to stick with his standard chainset, Lammertink had to zig-zag all over the road to retain momentum. Contador, however, went down to a 34t chainset and it certainly paid off.

Elsewhere, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) can be seen gaining on Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), which is to be expected when a climber goes off after a sprinter.

Behind the scenes with Philip Hindes

German-born Team GB track sprinter Philip Hindes is at the sharp end of preparations for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Continuing his vlogging, Hindes takes up behind the scenes of a typical training day. We get to see Jason Kenny and others in the gym, plus a photo of a younger looking Hindes on the podium at London 2012.

He calls people ‘mate’ a lot. “Mmmm, wasser!”

The best looking pro bike?

The Canyon/SRAM women’s team bikes, like their kit, stand out for all the right reasons. A fetching paint job and the very best components make this one to look out for in upcoming Women’s WorldTour races.

Women’s Philadelphia International Cycling Classic highlights

In 2015 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) won the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic despite starting the day in a support role.

The world champion did not return to defend her title in 2016, but it was still a good day out for her team.

The win was taken by US national champion Megan Guarnier as she proved too strong for her rivals on the final ascent to the finish line.

Feisty sprint

Velon brings us inside views from some of cycling’s biggest races thanks to on-bike cameras. In these clips from the Dauphiné we get to see just how feisty things can get on a sprint stage.