June 4, 2018 / 3:35 PM / 3 months ago

Cycling - Impey sprints to stage win as Kwiatkowski retains Dauphine lead

PARIS (Reuters) - South Africa’s Daryl Impey won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in a sprint finish after 179 kilometres between Valence and Saint Just-Saint Rambert on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 22.5-km individual time trial Stage 20 from Marseille to Marseille, France - July 22, 2017 - Orica-Scott rider Daryl Impey of South Africa starts. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France’s Julian Alaphilippe and Italian Vincenzo Nibali tried their luck solo in the last hill shortly before the finish, but they were reined in and Mitchelton-Scott rier Impey was the strongest of a reduced bunch.

Alaphilippe took second place while Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

The Criterium du Dauphine is the main warm-up race for the July 7-29 Tour de France.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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