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Impey sprints to stage win as Kwiatkowski retains Dauphine lead

June 5, 2018

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South Africa’s Daryl Impey won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in a sprint finish after 179 kilometres between Valence and Saint Just-Saint Rambert on Monday.

France’s Julian Alaphilippe and Italian Vincenzo Nibali tried their luck solo in the last hill shortly before the finish, but they were reined in and Mitchelton-Scott rier Impey was the strongest of a reduced bunch.

Alaphilippe took second place while Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

The Criterium du Dauphine is the main warm-up race for the July 7-29 Tour de France.



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