Critérium du Dauphiné (st. 1)
Veilleux (EUC) takes solo win in Champéry with almost 2 minutes over the favourites’ group; Madrazo (6th), Valverde (8th) sit in overall top-ten
The Movistar Team underwent no major challenges in the opening stage of the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné, a 121km trek around the Swiss town of Champéry with four climbs in the day’s programme. Canadian David Veilleux (EUC) went on the attack from the day’s break at the Col du Corbier (Cat-1), fifty kilometers from the finish, to end up reaching the finish alone over a first echelon led by the telephone squad for several kilometers, the favourites saving energy in view of the exigente of a race including no less than twenty other ascents.
The 60-man strong group finished 1’57” behind the winner with Madrazo (6º), Valverde, Herrada, Szmyd and Capecchi inside for Movistar Team after strong team duties from Imanol Erviti and a remarkable Eloy Teruel. The second battle of this year’s action in France comes on Monday, with 191km between Châtel and Oyonnax including five climbs in the last 80k -the latter one, Sentier (Cat-2), just 11.5 kilometers from the finish-.