June 11, 2017
Peter Kennaugh Wins Stage 7 at The Critérium du Dauphiné
Article by Evan Fabricant, Photos by Dana Gardner
Britain’s Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky claimed his second stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné .
Peter Kennaugh wins Stage 7 © Alex Broadway/ASO
Alpe D’Huez, France – June 10, 2017: Stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné took the riders over five distinct and arduous climbs before finishing on top of the infamous Alpe D’Huez where Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh claimed the day’s victory. it is the Brits second win at the Dauphiné the after he won the inaugural stage in Albertville in 2015
Aoste, France – June 10, 2017: [L-R] Koen Bouwman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) King of the Mountains jersey; Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) White jersey; Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) yellow jersey; Arnaud Demare (FDJ) Green jersey the start line of Stage 7 of the Criterium du Dauphiné. © Dana Gardner
Kennaugh led an early break of 17 riders from the very first climb on the Cote de Berland, but it was only former teammate, Ben Swift (UAE – Emirates), who battled to the final climb and finished alongside Kennaugh.
When Fabio Aru (Astana) took off at the base of the climb to Alpe d’Huez, Porte jumped across to Aru with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) in tow. This was the opportunity to distance himself from Chris Froome and Team Sky.
As the former super-domestique for Froome, Porte stated “I’m happy with faith team (BMC) has in me… riding for myself… out of from the shadows of others.”
Richie Porte held onto the yellow jersey for another day, and gained more time over his main competitor, Chris Froome. He now leads by 1’02” over the three-time Tour de France winner and 1’15” over Stage 6 winner, Jakob Fuglsang.
“Can’t count Froome out… especially in July… I’m quite confident in my climbing right now,” Porte said in a post-race interview
Aoste, France – June 10, 2017: [L-R] Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team | yellow jersey) and former teammate, Chris Froome, ride to the staging area together before the start of Stage 7 of the Criterium du Dauphiné © Dana Gardner
Speaking after the stage Kennaugh said, “This is incredible. It's always hard to win a mountain stage but I have good form ahead of July. It took us a while to make the break, but once the front group was established I knew I had a good chance. I targeted the top of col de Sarenne. Chapeau to Ben Swift for having stayed with me up there. Initially he was gonna help [Diego] Ulissi. We've known each other since we were nine years old so I knew he's someone able to climb. I wasn't confident I was gonna beat him in a sprint. I had to get rid of him, which I did. To win at L'Alpe d'Huez is better than being an Olympic champion.”
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