Critérium du Dauphiné conclusions
Quite simply, there isn’t all that much to say. Chris Froome won the Critérium du Dauphiné and Richie Porte finished second. Sky are looking very strong ahead of the Tour.
Regarding Alberto Contador, don’t make the mistake of judging his form by the general classification, because he ended up working for Mick Rogers after his duff time trial. Similarly, I’m not too sure what Joaquim Rodriguez was up to this week, but I think he might have half-arsed it after a puncture on one stage and his usual losses in the time trial. He was going for the win on stage eight though and yet he and Alejandro Valverde finished 30 seconds behind Froome. That’s perhaps a decent indication of the form of those two riders.
The one rider who did manage to finish with Froome on that final stage was Andrew Talansky. Now, I did say that Talanksy had dropped out of the race after the first stage and I also implied that Thomas De Gendt was heading home to eat moules frites. Turns out I fed you some lies. Sorry about that. I naively assumed that if a cycling news website said that a rider had dropped out, then they must be saying it for a reason. In reality, both riders continued. Furthermore, Talanksy seems to be in good nick, so maybe I’ll add him to my list of Tour de France challengers after all.