Sky’s Chris Froome won the Criterium du Dauphine after a solo break on the last climb saw him take the eighth and final stage and overhaul overnight leader Tejay Van Garderen.
Froome had gone into the last stage of the race on Sunday just 18 seconds adrift of the American BMC rider Van Garderen, who had clung to Froome’s back wheel all day.
But on the final 8.4km climb of the 156.5km stage from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Modane Valfrejus, the 2013 Tour de France winner Froome put down the kind of blistering acceleration that has become his trademark some 2.6km from the summit.
The Dauphine is seen as a warm-up for the Tour de France and Froome won here in 2013 before going on to win the world’s most famous stage race. – Agence France-Presse