fi’zi:k’s Froome wins third Dauphiné

Chris Froome, aboard his fi’zi:k Antares R1 saddle and racing for Team Sky, won the Criterium du Dauphiné on Sunday. Froome shrugged off a series of late attacks from Alberto Contador to take GC by 12 seconds over Romain Bardet (fi’zi:k saddles and AG2R La Mondiale), on the day that Team Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings (fi’zi:k saddles) won the 151km final stage from Le-Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy.

Thirty-one-year-old Chris Froome is only the fifth rider in history to win the prestigious Dauphiné three times, and it augers well for the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday 2 July – Froome’s previous Dauphiné victories in 2013 and 2015 were followed by Tour glory.

‘There’s a lot of work to do before July but all the right signs are there now,’ Froome commented after the race. ‘The guys heading for the Tour are in great shape and everything is heading in the right direction.’

On a day of high drama, halfway into the ascent of Col du Noyer, with around 15km to the finish line, Contador attacked twice and forced Froome to chase him alone. They were soon joined by Bardet and Richie Porte (BMC Racing and fi’zi:k saddles). By then, Cummings had laid the foundations for a magnificent solo victory, following in the slipstream of teammate Daniel Teklehaimanot ( fi’zi:k R3B Uomo shoes) before leaving the pack for dead with 50km to go.

Special mention must also go to fellow Brit Adam Yates (fi’zi:k Antares saddle and Orica GreenEDGE), who was fifth on the day. The result left the 23-year-old Yates seventh overall.

Elsewhere, Yates’ teammate, Luke Durbridge ( fi’zi:k Arione saddle) sits in third after stage two of the Tour du Suisse. The nine-stage race continues until next Sunday.