Simon Gerrans fifth in opening stage Critérium du Dauphiné

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Australian Simon Gerrans grabbed a top ten in the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné in Switzerland.

Gerrans claimed fifth position behind Peter Kennaugh (SKY), who took off with only three kilometres to go and managed to stay away from the chasing peloton, led by ORICA-GreenEDGE.

The stage knew an early breakaway group of four, who created a gap of seven minutes before the peloton started chasing them. Led by OGE, two of the four were caught before the final 30 kilometres.

On the final climb Thurau (BMC) took off on his own after which the peloton joined forces to catch him. Several more attacks from within the peloton, including OGE, proved to be unsuccessful until Kennaugh took off and claimed the win.

Sports director Laurenzo Lapage is content with today’s results: “The circumstances weren’t ideal, it was a relatively fast parcours, but a short stage. The wind wasn’t blowing too hard so that wasn’t in our favour. However, we had a great start and the guys did what they were supposed to do today, they worked together as a team and gave it their all."

“I think tomorrow will be one of the only stages that will end in a mass sprint. When you look at the other stages’ parcours, you’ll see that tomorrow will be the one most favorable for the sprinters. So we’ll definitely try and set up the sprint for Jens Keukeleire. For the rest of the week, we’re going to try and get a guy in the breakaway and respond to that.”