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Kwiatkowski wins Dauphine prologue



Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky won the Criterium du Dauphine opening day prologue on Sunday with the best time in a 6.6km individual time-trial.

The 2014 world champion beat Dutchman Jos van Emden by just one second and his Sky teammate the Italian Gianni Moscon by three seconds.

Another Sky man Geraint Thomas crashed yet again but only dropped 21sec on the winner finishing a couple of seconds ahead of fellow race contenders Frenchman Romain Bardet and the Italian Vicenzo Nibali.

"These time differences are derisory by comparison to what awaits us," said Bardet, in reference to the four straight summit finishes with which the eight-day race culminates.

Kwiatkowski agreed with the Frenchman.

"I've still got to lose a bit of weight to be at peak form and looking ahead this is much more difficult than most years," he said.

There are seven hills on Monday's menu with a 179km run to the foot of the Alps.

PROLOGUE RESULTS

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/ TEAM SKY) 00H 07' 25''
2. Jos Van Emden (NED/ TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO) + 00H 00' 01''
3. Gianni Moscon (ITA/ TEAM SKY) + 00H 00' 03''
4. Victor Campenaerts (BEL/ LOTTO SOUDAL) + 00H 00' 05''
5. Patrick Bevin (NZL/ BMC RACING TEAM) + 00H 00' 05''
6. Matthias Brändle (AUT/ TREK - SEGAFREDO) + 00H 00' 06''
7. Bob Jungels (LUX/ QUICK - STEP FLOORS) + 00H 00' 07''
8. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ LOTTO SOUDAL) + 00H 00' 09''
9. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/ TEAM SKY) + 00H 00' 09''
10. Brent Bookwalter (USA BMC RACING TEAM) + 00H 00' 11''
11. Alexander Edmondson (AUS/ MITCHELTON - SCOTT) + 00H 00' 11''
12. Daryl Impey (RSA/ MITCHELTON - SCOTT) + 00H 00' 12''
13. Niki Terpstra (NED/ QUICK - STEP FLOORS) + 00H 00' 13''
14. Mike Teunissen (NED/ TEAM SUNWEB) + 00H 00' 13''
15. Dylan Van Baarle (NED/ TEAM SKY) + 00H 00' 13''
16. G Lawson Craddock (USA/ TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE) + 00H 00' 13''
17. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ QUICK - STEP FLOORS) + 00H 00' 14''
18. Benjamin Thomas (FRA/ GROUPAMA - FDJ) + 00H 00' 14''
19. Lars Boom (NED/ TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO) + 00H 00' 14''
20. Neilson Powless (USA/ TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO ) + 00H 00' 14''
30. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA ) + 00H 00' 18''
33. Stephen Cummings (UK/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA) + 00H 00' 18''
79. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA) + 00H 00' 30''
92. Johann Van Zyl (RSA/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA) + 00H 00' 34''
97. Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul (ERI/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA ) + 00H 00' 35''
123. Nicholas Dlamini (RSA TEAM DIMENSION DATA) + 00H 00' 41''
132. Serge Pauwels (BEL/ TEAM DIMENSION DATA) + 00H 00' 45''

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