Critérium du Dauphiné Highlights - Netflix
Gary Imlach and Chris Boardman present action from the Criterium du Dauphine.
Runtime: 65 minutes
Critérium du Dauphiné Highlights - Chris Froome - Netflix
Christopher Clive Froome, (born 20 May 1985) is a British road racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Team Sky. He is the reigning Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España champion and one of the most successful riders in the history of the Tour de France, having won it four times – in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. After initially being seen as a climbing specialist, Froome has developed as an all-rounder with increased success in time trials (including two Olympic bronze medals) and improved bike handling on descents and pavé. Froome, whose parents are British, was born in Kenya and grew up there and in South Africa. He has ridden under a British licence since 2008. In 2007, at the age of 22, Froome turned professional with Team Konica Minolta. He moved to Europe to further his career, joining team Barloworld. In 2010, he moved to Team Sky and has become one of the team's key cyclists. Froome made his breakthrough as a Grand Tour contender during the 2011 Vuelta a España where he finished second overall. At the 2012 Tour de France, riding as a super-domestique for Bradley Wiggins, Froome won stage seven and finished second overall, behind Wiggins. His first multi-stage race win came in 2013, in the Tour of Oman, followed by wins in the Critérium International, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and the Tour de France. In the 2014 Tour de France, he retired after multiple crashes. In 2015, he won his second Critérium du Dauphiné and his second Tour de France. He won a third Tour de France in 2016 and became the first man since Miguel Indurain in 1995 to successfully defend his title. He won his fourth Tour de France in 2017, followed by successive wins at the 2017 Vuelta and the 2018 Giro, his first victories in both races. These achievements made him the first cyclist to win the Tour-Vuelta double since the Vuelta's move to a September slot in the racing calendar, and the first person to hold all three Grand Tour jerseys at the same time since Bernard Hinault in 1983.
Critérium du Dauphiné Highlights - 2018: Winning the Giro - Netflix
On 29 November 2017, Froome announced that he intended to participate in the 2018 Giro d'Italia in an attempt to complete the Giro-Tour double, marking his first start in the race since 2010. A win would make him the seventh rider to win all three Grand Tours, and the third rider to hold all three Grand Tour titles simultaneously in a single 12-month period. On 5 February 2018, Froome announced he would start his season with an entry into the Vuelta a Andalucía (Ruta del Sol), despite calls for him not to race until his case was resolved. However there were also signs of support for Froome, with Ruta del Sol organiser Joaquin Cuevas claiming it to be “a pleasure and an honour” to have Froome in the race, and Mauro Vegni, the organiser of the Giro d’Italia, commenting that 'If he [Froome] wins the pink jersey, he’ll always be the winner for me'. Cyclingnews also reported that Froome would be likely to compete in two Italian pre-Giro stage races: Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of the Alps.
Froome entered the 2018 Giro d'Italia as one of the favourites to take the overall victory in Rome at the end of May. However before the race could even begin Froome crashed whilst performing a recon of the opening time trial in Jerusalem. Froome would finish the time trial in 21st place, ceding 35 seconds to overall rival Tom Dumoulin. After the race, Team Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal admitted that the injury Froome sustained in the crash was worse that they had stated at the time, and Brailsford said that the crash was a setback to Froome's physical condition, which the team felt was below the required level at the start of the Giro. By the end of the first summit finish on Mount Etna, Froome had risen to eighth overall, one minute and 10 seconds behind early race leader Simon Yates. On stage 8, Froome fell on his injured side when his rear wheel slid on a wet climb. By the end of stage 9 to Gran Sasso d'Italia, Froome had lost a further one minute and 17 seconds to Yates, dropping to 11th overall. Froome's first signs of recovery came through on the most difficult climb of the race to that point, Monte Zoncolan, where he distanced all of his main overall rivals, taking the stage win. Froome's deficit to the maglia rosa was now 3'10“. However, on the final climb of the following stage to Sappada Froome cracked, yielding more than a minute to the other main general classification contenders. Overall, Froome lay 4'52” from Yates, the leader, 2'41" from Domoulin, 2'24" from Domenico Pozzovivo and 2'15" from Thibaut Pinot. Froome's fortune began to change as the race entered the third week, with a strong performance in the 34km, Stage 16 time trial – from Trento to Rovereto – finishing fifth on the stage, rising to fourth overall and moving to within four minutes of Yates. On stage 18 to Prato Nevoso Yates displayed the initial signs of weakness, cracking on the final slopes of the summit finishes and losing 28 second to all of his other general classification rivals. Stage 19 of the race had been classified as the 'queen stage' of the race, with three focussed climbs in the latter half of the stage. These included the half paved-half gravel climb of the Colle delle Finestre, followed by the climb to Sestriere and the final uphill finish to Bardonecchia. On the evening before the stage, Team Sky's management decided that Finestre would be the ideal place to put pressure on Yates: if a team rode hard on the front, its 27 hairpin turns would create a concertina effect in the peloton, making it difficult for riders behind to follow, and forcing teams to shed their domestiques. Froome then planned to attack Dumoulin on the 8km gravel section at the top of the climb. To ensure that Froome would be able to obtain the nutrition necessary to sustain such a long-range attack without carrying extra weight, the team commandeered all its staff at the race to ensure there were feeding stations every ten minutes up the Finestre. On the stage itself, the early breakaway was closed down by Yates' Mitchelton–BikeExchange team just before the Finestre. Sky's climbing train set an extremely high tempo at the beginning of the climb: with Yates in difficulty on its lower slopes and with 80km left of the stage, Froome launched a solo attack. Froome's advantage grew throughout the second half of the stage, culminating in him taking the stage honours. Importantly, a stage victory of more than three minutes resulted in Froome taking the overall race lead, 40 seconds ahead of the 2017 Giro d'Italia victor, Tom Domoulin. Fellow riders and journalists were left in astonishment at the feat Froome had achieved, with a number likening the solo attack to both the earlier days of cycling – such as Fausto Coppi to Pinerolo in 1949 or by Claudio Chiappucci to Sestriere in 1992, as well as performances by athletes whose doping-related controversies were well publicised: Marco Pantani on the Galibier in 1998 and Floyd Landis's long range attack to Morzine. Froome held on to the maglia rosa on the final 'true' day of racing, for the GC. Froome took victory in the 2018 Giro d'Italia making him the first rider since 1983 to simultaneously hold all three Grand Tour titles, as well as becoming the seventh man to have completed the career Grand Tour grand slam.
Critérium du Dauphiné Highlights - References - Netflix