Chris Froome wins Criterium du Dauphine opener

Defending Criterium du Dauphine champion Chris Froome takes early race lead with dominant display in time trial

Chris Froome on stage one of the 2014 Dauphine-Libere

(Image credit: watson)

Chris Froome (Sky) produced a typically dominant time trial performance to win stage one of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday.

The defending champion was the last man out, and managed to demolish everyone else’s time, finishing eight seconds ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) despite the relatively short length (10.4km) of the stage.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.