Chris Froome (Team Sky) showed during the second part of the inaugural time trial that he's still above his rivals as a time triallist for the big stage races. With one month to go to the start of the Tour de France, he beat arch rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) by eight seconds on the 10.4km course while third favourite Vincenzo Nibali took the polka dot jersey as he scored the best time at the top of the hill. The sensation of stage 1 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné is 21 year old Bob Jungels who finished third and took the white jersey of best young rider.
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Lyon is delighted to play host to the Critérium du Dauphiné. The bicycle is a symbol of how our city has changed. With the introduction of Vélo'V, Lyon was the first city to provide bikes for public use. Ten years on, the Lyon Free VTT illustrates this ongoing passion for cycling, attracting tens of thousands of athletes. Cycling is a sport which is open to everyone, and the importance of activities for the very youngest has also been taken into account. The “Action Vélo” plan for pupils in their final year of primary school has raised awareness of cycling with more than 4,000 children. These initiatives are having a real impact upon the city and in addition to its bicycle paths, Lyon also has the longest tunnel in Europe reserved for bikes and pedestrians, which runs under the Croix-Rousse. It's true that the City of Light, sitting as it does on the confluence of the Rhone and the Saône, with its hills and Unesco-recognised heritage, offers sports fans the ideal playground. Lyon boasts 120,000 members of 550 sports clubs, and 220,000 of its inhabitants take part in leisure sports. This means that Lyon is obviously enchanted that the Critérium du Dauphiné is coming to the city!
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