Day one of the Critérium du Dauphiné wouldn’t be an easy introduction for the peloton, with a tough day of climbing over eight categorised ascents on the 171km loop out and back to Saint Etienne.
The race would likely be decided on the three final loops of a finishing circuit with a category three climb on each lap, with the GC riders like Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) likely to be just concerned with staying safe for the difficult stages to come.
The amount of climbing over the tough rolling roads of the route could also suit the breakaway, with a number of riders likely to fancy their chances with fresh legs on the first day of racing. It could prove a difficult day for the sprinters though, with the fast men likely to save their efforts for stage two.
Catch-up with the highlights above or read the full report from stage one’s action here.
The Dauphiné continues on Monday with a stage more suited to the sprinters, 171km route from Saint Chamond to Arlanc.