Kwiatkowski, Thomas hold the line in hectic finale at Criterium du Dauphine

Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the yellow jersey at Criterium du Dauphine

Team Sky are still fighting for the Critérium du Dauphiné title on two fronts as Geraint Thomas survived the hangover from his prologue crash and Michal Kwiatkowski safely defended his leader's yellow jersey on the first road stage. Both riders, in fact, animated proceedings in what was a chaotic finale in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert, where Daryl Impey sprinted to victory from a reduced peloton. Thomas turned up to the start of the stage in Valence with a bandaged left elbow and road rash visible on both knees. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, he felt it was nothing too serious but knew he'd need confirmation after a night's sleep and, more importantly, a stage in the legs. That he got, after finishing in a peloton that had been thinned to 65 riders by the late category 4 climb of the Côte du Barrage de Grangent. "I've had a lot worse," Thomas ...

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