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South African Impey storms Dauphine sprint



South African Daryl Impey of the Australian Mitchelton team punched the air in victory after unexpectedly dominating a bunch sprint on Monday's stage of the eight-day Criterium du Dauphine.

A smiling and relaxed Impey, 33, told reporters at the finish line he had not expected his win, nor to feel so strong as he easily outpaced Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe into second.

Sky's Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski retains the yellow overall leader's jersey after his victory in the prologue, a 6.6km time trial on Sunday.

Alaphilippe tried to drop the peloton 4.5km from the Loire finish line at Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert when he accelerated up the final climb, which may have cost him dearly in the eventual bunch sprint.

Just a kilometre from home, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali also made a break for the line only to suffer the same fate as Alaphilippe when he too was reeled in by Sky's efforts to keep 2014 world road race champion Kwiatkowski, who finished fifth, in yellow.

"I didn't think I had the legs today," Impey said. "But when the sprint started I was in a great position, really, I wasn't expecting it."

Tuesday's 181km rolling run from Montbrison to Belleville includes four category 3 climbs and one category 4, but may also finish in a bunch sprint.

"It'll be the last sprint finish on the race if the sprinters' teams control the race, I hope they do," said yellow jersey Kwiatkowski.

The race culminates with four consecutive summit finishes as the peloton slogs over some of the most challenging Alpine climbs in cycling.

STAGE 1 RESULTS

1. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton - Scott 4:24:26
2. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Quick-Step Floors "
3. Pascal Ackermann (GER) BORA - hansgrohe "
4. Tiesj Benoot (BEL) Lotto - Soudal "
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky "
6. Jesús Herrada (ESP) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits "
7. Damiano Caruso (ITA) BMC Racing Team "
8. Xandro Meurisse (BEL) Wanty - Groupe Gobert "
9. Mike Teunissen (NED) Team Sunweb "
10. Jaime Rosón (ESP) Movistar Team "
11. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) Trek - Segafredo "
12. Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Lotto - Soudal "
13. Alex Howes (USA) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale " Drapac p/b Cannondale 14. Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale "
15. Oliver Naesen (BEL) AG2R La Mondiale "
16. Julien Simon (FRA) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits "
17. Simon Clarke (AUS) Team EF Education First - Drapac p/b Cannondale "
18. Valerio Conti (ITA) UAE Team Emirates "
19. Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale "
20. Bryan Coquard (FRA) Vital Concept Cycling Club "

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Team Sky 4:31:51
2. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton - Scott +2
3. Gianni Moscon (ITA) Team Sky +3
4. Bob Jungels (LUX) Quick-Step Floors +7
5. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Quick-Step Floors +8
6. Jens Keukeleire (BEL) Lotto - Soudal +9
7. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) Team Sky "
8. Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team +11
9. Mike Teunissen (NED) Team Sunweb +13
10. Damiano Caruso (ITA) BMC Racing Team +15
11. Laurens De Plus (BEL) Quick-Step Floors "
12. Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek - Segafredo +16
13. Michael Valgren (DEN) Astana Pro Team "
14. Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team "
15. Jasha Sütterlin (GER) Movistar Team +17
16. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha - Alpecin +18
17. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Dimension Data "
18. Tsgabu Grmay (ETH) Trek - Segafredo +19
19. Marc Soler (ESP) Movistar Team +20
20. Bryan Coquard (FRA) Vital Concept Cycling Club "



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