Luke Durbridge wins Dauphiné prologue as early times rule the day
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Luke Durbridge wins Dauphiné prologue as early times rule the day

by Kyle Moore at 10:41 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Critérium du Dauphiné
Wiggins’ title defense off to a good start with second place

Luke DurbridgeLuke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) showed off his Australian national time trial champion colors in style on Sunday afternoon in Grenoble, taking the 5.7km prologue in the Critérium du Dauphiné. Durbridge finished in 6’39”, a second faster than defending champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling). Andriy Grivko (Astana) was third, in 6’42”.

Most of the race favourites were scheduled to leave the start house at the end of the stage, but due to changes in the weather throughout the day, it was the early riders that would end up deciding the race.

Rain and drizzle would dampen the road for the middle third of the start list, but by the time the final 20 riders and Wiggins took to the course, it had mostly dried out. But according to Durbridge at the finish, it was an advantage to go early, as winds picked up throughout the day.

“I definitely made the right choice [in starting early],” Durbridge told reporters at the finish. “Storms were predicted for the afternoon so the director said that I should go early. It made for a nervous wait but I’m very happy I did that. If I had waited until later, it might not have happened.

“To beat these guys that I have always looked up to [is great]. Bradley Wiggins is such a class bike rider and I knew he was in form. Tony Martin too. I did not come here to get a [specific] result, I came here to get the best result I could. And if the best result I could was the yellow jersey on the day, then that is great.”

For the 21-year-old Aussie, it was his fourth win of the season, after the Australian time trial championships, plus the time trial stage and the overall in Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire. Durbridge was extremely pleased at being able to pull on the first yellow jersey at the Tour de France tune-up.

“For me, I am speechless. I had no idea, I did not expect this at all. I had good legs. I think I was very lucky with the weather, the wind picked up later and that was to my advantage. But it can go the other way too. It means I will take the first yellow jersey of the Dauphiné. I have worked very hard for this and it is great that it paid off.

“My plan was not to come here and ride general classification at the Dauphiné Libére. I had two objectives coming here - one was today, the other is the fourth stage. It is the longest time trial that I had ever done, but I’ll do my best. If I hold the jersey tomorrow, that is great, but the big objective now is stage four.”

Paris-Nice runner up Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) was the first rider onto the Grenoble course, which featured only five turns – three at 90 degrees and two at 180 degrees. A surprising name laid down the early best time on the pancake-flat course, as Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) posted a time that would eventually put him into fourth overall. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) was second best early on, followed by Westra, before Grivko went a shade faster than Barredo.

It was not a long wait at the top for the Astana rider however, as Durbridge, the 26th rider to start, seven spots after Grivko, flew through with the new best time.

From this point, it was a long and arduous wait for the young Aussie as he watched time trial specialists and Grand Tour contenders alike come in a bit off his time. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) was 12 seconds slower, and his team-mate Cadel Evans was six seconds behind Durbridge.

But like Wiggins and fellow contender Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who was just five seconds slower than Durbridge, Evans posted a time that keeps him well in contention for the overall victory next weekend.

As roads showed increasing dampness, Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) slid out on one of the two U-turns. Motorbike and team car head lamps were lighting up the legs of the riders in front of them, including Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ-BigMat), who posted a respectable time coming off of injury.

Michael Matthews (Rabobank) came through a bit later, and was the first rider in some time to break the seven-minute barrier, as weather conditions continued to affect the outcome. As the day wound down, bigger names hit the course as the roads dried somewhat. Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) put in an effort, posting a time just under seven minutes, which had him smiling with interviewers at the finish.

David Millar (Garmin-Barracuda) was unable to force his way into the top ten, as the Brit came across nine seconds in arrears, but Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) made his presence felt, finally breaking up the top ten and posting a time that would end up 8th overall.

Of the final twenty starters, Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Anthony Roux (FDJ-BigMat) were impressive, as was Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol). And while Andy Schleck showed big effort on his face, his time did not reflect the energy expended, as the Radioshack-Nissan rider rolled across in 95th place, 26 seconds slower than Durbridge.

Denis Menchov (Katusha) and Janez Brajkovic (Astana) put up modest showings as two of the final five to start, with Wiggins nearly breathing on their backs. Gunning for his third stage race victory of the season, the Brit dove into corners, controlling his time trial machine with precision.

He suffered a 1.35 second defeat to Durbridge, but got his Critérium du Dauphiné campaign off to a very solid start.


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Criterium du Dauphine (WorldTour) Prologue: Grenoble, 5.7 km:

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
aus AUS 1 Luke Durbridge (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:06:39
gbr GBR 2 Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) 00:00:01
ukr UKR 3 Andriy Grivko (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:03
esp ESP 4 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 5 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:05
aus AUS 6 Simon Gerrans (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
ger GER 7 Paul Martens (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:06
aus AUS 9 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
crc CRC 10 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (Movistar Team) 00:00:07
nor NOR 11 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ned NED 12 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
aus AUS 13 Richie Porte (Sky Procycling) 00:00:08
ned NED 14 Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:09
fra FRA 15 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ger GER 16 Gerald Ciolek (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
esp ESP 17 Markel Irizar Aranburu (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
gbr GBR 18 David Millar (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:10
esp ESP 19 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 20 Cyril Lemoine (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ned NED 21 Bram Tankink (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
ita ITA 22 Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
aus AUS 23 Adam Leigh Howard (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
aus AUS 24 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 25 Jérome Coppel (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:11
blr BLR 26 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) s.t.
bel BEL 27 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
esp ESP 28 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 29 Blel Kadri (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:12
fra FRA 30 Arnaud Gerard (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
usa USA 31 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ger GER 32 Roger Kluge (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ger GER 33 John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
ned NED 34 Pieter Weening (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
eri ERI 35 Daniel Teklehaymanot (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:00:13
den DEN 36 Nicki Sørensen (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 37 Tony Gallopin (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 38 Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
sui SUI 39 Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) 00:00:14
slo SLO 40 Kristjan Koren (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 41 Egor Silin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
bel BEL 42 Sebastien Rosseler (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
aus AUS 43 Michael Matthews (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 44 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
slo SLO 45 Janez Brajkovic (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:15
usa USA 46 George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
est EST 47 Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:16
gbr GBR 48 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 49 Alexandre Geniez (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 50 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:00:17
fra FRA 51 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 52 Sylvain Georges (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
por POR 53 Bruno Manuel Silva Pires (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
usa USA 54 Danny Pate (Sky Procycling) 00:00:18
ita ITA 55 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
col COL 56 Alexander Rojas () s.t.
ned NED 57 Jos Van Emden (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 58 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 59 Tiago Machado (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
arg ARG 60 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
kaz KAZ 61 Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:19
fra FRA 62 Christophe Kern (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 63 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:20
bel BEL 64 Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
ger GER 65 Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 66 Matthieu Ladagnous (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:00:21
ned NED 67 Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
kaz KAZ 69 Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:22
fra FRA 70 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 71 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
nzl NZL 72 Hayden Roulston (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 73 Rémi Pauriol (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 74 Thierry Hupond (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:23
bel BEL 75 Jelle Vanendert (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 76 Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ger GER 77 Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) s.t.
rus RUS 78 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) 00:00:24
esp ESP 79 Koldo Fernández De Larrea (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
kaz KAZ 80 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
fra FRA 81 Nacer Bouhanni (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 82 Davide Cimolai (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 83 Jérome Pineau (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:00:25
fra FRA 84 Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 85 Yuriy Krivtsov (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ned NED 86 Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 87 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:26
bel BEL 88 Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 89 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:27
ned NED 90 Michel Kreder (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 91 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 92 Manuel Quinziato (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 93 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Movistar Team) s.t.
kaz KAZ 94 Dmitriy Fofonov (Astana Pro Team) 00:00:28
blr BLR 95 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Sky Procycling) s.t.
esp ESP 96 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar Team) s.t.
sui SUI 97 Michael Schar (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
esp ESP 98 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armienta (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 99 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 100 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
esp ESP 101 Daniel Moreno Fernandéz (Katusha Team) s.t.
lux LUX 102 Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:29
ita ITA 103 Marco Marzano (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
col COL 104 Jose Cayetano Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ned NED 105 Bert-jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
bra BRA 106 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 107 David Moncoutié (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 108 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:30
bel BEL 109 Gert Dockx (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
esp ESP 110 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 111 Yoann Bagot (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 112 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ita ITA 113 Simone Stortoni (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 114 Anthony Delaplace (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 115 Kenny Dehaes (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
bel BEL 116 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
esp ESP 117 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 118 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:31
aus AUS 119 David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
col COL 120 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 121 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 122 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:32
ger GER 123 Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 124 Maarten Neyens (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
ned NED 125 Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
aut AUT 126 Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:33
fra FRA 127 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
ger GER 128 Dominik Nerz (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
rus RUS 129 Eduard Vorganov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 130 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
irl IRL 131 Daniel Martin (Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
rus RUS 132 Yuri Trofimov (Katusha Team) s.t.
den DEN 133 Kasper Larsen Klostergaard (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:34
aus AUS 134 Travis Meyer (Orica - GreenEDGE) s.t.
esp ESP 135 David Lopez Garcia (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 136 Maxime Mederel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
rus RUS 137 Petr Ignatenko (Katusha Team) s.t.
ukr UKR 138 Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:35
fra FRA 139 Arnold Jeannesson (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
bel BEL 140 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) s.t.
fra FRA 141 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) s.t.
ita ITA 142 Daniele Ratto (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ita ITA 143 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) s.t.
pol POL 144 Maciej Paterski (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:36
fra FRA 145 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) s.t.
bel BEL 146 Frederik Willems (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:00:37
slo SLO 147 Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) s.t.
esp ESP 148 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 149 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
bel BEL 150 Jurgen Van De Walle (Lotto - Belisol Team) 00:00:38
fra FRA 151 Kevin Reza (Europcar) s.t.
jpn JPN 152 Yukihiro Doi (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
aus AUS 153 Simon Clarke (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:00:39
ita ITA 154 Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
ukr UKR 155 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
fra FRA 156 Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:40
esp ESP 157 Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
ita ITA 158 Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 159 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:41
fra FRA 160 Rémy Di Gregorio (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:42
bel BEL 161 Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto - Belisol Team) s.t.
fra FRA 162 Arthur Vichot (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
aus AUS 163 Jonathan Cantwell (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:44
aus AUS 164 Wesley Sulzberger (Orica - GreenEDGE) 00:00:45
ita ITA 165 Federico Canuti (Liquigas - Cannondale) s.t.
ukr UKR 166 Denys Kostyuk (Lampre - ISD) s.t.
aus AUS 167 Matthew Lloyd (Lampre - ISD) 00:00:47
esp ESP 168 Xavier Florencio (Katusha Team) s.t.
esp ESP 169 Mikel Landa Meana (Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:48
esp ESP 170 David Arroyo Duran (Movistar Team) 00:00:49
fra FRA 171 Sébastien Hinault (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:52
fra FRA 172 Mickael Cherel (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 173 Alessandro Vanotti (Liquigas - Cannondale) 00:00:54
ger GER 174 Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 175 Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) 00:01:14

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