dedicated his success to deceased boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The 25-year-old is a keen amateur boxer and his first thought after crossing the line at the end of a 186km trek from Cluses to Saint-Vulbas was
Bouhanni had a robust battle before claiming victory in a mass bunch sprint as Sunday’s prologue winner Alberto Contador held onto the leader’s yellow jersey. Belgian Jens Debusschere finished second with Ireland’s Sam Bennett third. But there was a worrying wait after the stage before Bouhanni was declared the winner after he and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff bumped into each other during a physical final couple of kilometers.
and tuck in behind Kristoff. Bennett launched the sprint, he went on the right-hand side. I made my
effort and I passed him in the last 100-metres.”
Kristoff complained that he lost his momentum in the sprint finish when touching wheels with his own lead-out man.
Bouhanni also won two stages of the Dauphine last year but then crashed out of the Tour de France on the fifth stage. He has never won a Tour stage, although he has five Grand Tour stages to his name — three at the Giro d’Italia and two from the Vuelta a Espana, all in 2014. It was the 25-year-old’s eighth victory of the season and fourth in World
A two-man breakaway comprised of Australian Mitch Docker and Frederik Backaert of Belgium had spent a long time out in front but were reeled in 13km from the finish of a largely flat stage.
Tuesday’s second stage takes the riders over 168km from Creches-sur-Saone to Chalmazel-Jeansagniere in the Loire.
The finish comes at the end of a 6.8km climb with a modest 3.7% average gradient. Contador took the race lead by winning Sunday’s 3.9km uphill time-trial ahead of Australian Richie Porte in second and reigning Tour champion Chris
1. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/COF) 4hr 27min 53sec, 2. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LOT) same time, 3. Sam Bennett (EIR/BOA) s.t., 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) s.t., 5. Jonas Van Genechten (BEL/IAM) s.t., 6. Moreno Hofland (NED/LNL) s.t., 7. Tony Hurel (FRA/DEN) s.t., 8. Sondre Enger (NOR/IAM) s.t., 9. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) s.t., 10. Edward Theuns (BEL/TRE) s.t.
24. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) s.t., 28. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) s.t., 44. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) s.t., 49. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) s.t., 85. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) s.t., 87. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) s.t.
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 4hr 39min 29sec, 2. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) at 6sec, 3. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 13, 4. Daniel Martin (EIR/ETI) 21, 5. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ETI) 24, 6. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 25, 7. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 29, 8. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 31, 9. Diego Rosa (ITA/AST) 37, 10. Jesus Herrada (ESP/MOV) 39