Kennaugh claims opening stage win

Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Team Sky rider Peter Kennaugh recorded a breakaway victory on stage one of the Criterium du Dauphine.

The British national champion was in a group which had moved clear from the peloton through the final climb towards Albertville, and then made a break of his own with just over two kilometres left.

The Manxman had built up enough of a gap to stave off any late attacks from the sprinters, crossing the line at three hours six minutes and 41 seconds, ahead of Italian Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen (MTN-Qhubeka).

Team Sky’s lead rider and Tour de France hopeful Chris Froome kept away from any trouble to finish 16th.

Kennaugh’s winner time bonus will see him take the yellow leader’s jersey and a six-second lead ahead of Modolo into Monday’s stage two, which runs over 173km from Le Bourget-du-Lac to Villars-les-Dombes.

Kennaugh, 25, had spent a long spell away from home following his return from injury as he aimed to get himself competitive again.

“Those kind of days on your own in the rain are the days where your commitment and sacrifices really count I suppose,” Kennaugh said on

“It is nice to be rewarded for something after those darker, harder days when nothing really feels like it is going right. You sometimes question what you are doing it for, then when you get days like this it makes up for it. I am over the moon.

“It just worked out perfectly. I always knew that once we got that gap and the bunch wasn’t coming back super fast that we had a chance. Then I just planned to attack within the last 3km, fully committed to that and pulled it off luckily.”

Published: Sunday 7th June 2015 by The News Editor

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