Chris Froome wins first stage at Criterium du Dauphine

The Team Sky rider needed just 13 minutes and 13 seconds to complete the 10.4kilometre course and in doing so, he set the pace.

Froome – who next month will attempt to win retain his Tour de France crown – was too good for his rivals, finishing eight seconds ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).

Early leader Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing) was a second further adrift in third, while Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) was fourth.

Jungels made the early running while Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali also impressed in the early stages.

That put Froome under pressure and he failed to make up ground by the first time check, sitting two seconds behind Nibali, while he was only one second clear of Contador.

But Froome finished superbly, showing incredible power to charge to an eight-second triumph.

And his storming late run left Nibali in his wake, with the Italian finishing eighth – 13 seconds behind Froome.

The Brit’s triumph means he will wear the yellow jersey in Monday’s stage two.

Riders will race from Tarare to the top of Col du Beal over 158.5km as the eight-stage event begins to take shape.

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