Nacer Bouhanni wins Critérium du Dauphiné stage one

Nacer Bouhanni beats Jens Debusschere and Sam Bennett to the line in Saint Vulbas to win his third Critérium du Dauphiné stage

(Image credit: Watson)

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) battled his way to victory on stage one of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Saint-Vulbas, sprinting past Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) and Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Soudal) for the win.

The final kilometre of the race was a running battle between Bouhanni's Cofidis team and Alexander Kristoff's Katusha, with heads butted as both squads vied for prime real estate on the straight road to the finish.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.