Dauphiné Libéré finale: Vino wins stage; Moreau takes yellow

Spills (Leipheimer), chills (half the peloton), and thrills (Moreau and Team Astana) made for an exc

Spills (Leipheimer), chills (half the peloton), and thrills (Moreau and Team Astana) made for an exc
The 2007 Dauphin Libr offered thrills, spills and chills, as Frenchman Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prvoyance) outlasted the constant crush of Team Astana, a pervasive stomach bug through the peloton, and several brutal climbs to claim his second Dauphin Libr in six years. The Frenchman finished 14 seconds ahead of Australian Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) and 1:27 up on Kazakhstan's revelation Andrey Kashechkin (Astana) for the overall podium. "I won because I knew how to stay calm at the crucial moments," Moreau said. "Consistency rather than panicking, going all out and then losing time was the key. When I won at St Etienne and on the Mont Ventoux I knew I was on good form and could start thinking about overall victory." As one of France's favorites for Le Tour, Moreau wasn't as confident about his GC chances. "There are still three weeks to go before the Tour starts," he said. "It's too soon to say anything definite. Sure, this is a good sign that I'm on for a good July. But I don't want to make too many predictions." Unlike many of his peloton peers, Moreau didn't have any problems on the last stage, 129 kilometers through the wet lower Alps, won by Astana's captain, Alexander Vinokourov. Vino capitolized on the misfortune of American Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel), who slid out on a roundabout with a few kilometers remaining. Spaniard Oscar Pereiro was second, 37 seconds back, with Evans finishing third. Moreau placed seventh. "I came here to test my form and that's exactly what I did," Vinokourov said. "Today's move wasn't planned, I just went for it to see what would happen. In any case, four stage wins and third overall for Kashechkin for the team is a great result." Results 1 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 2:55:33 2 Oscar Pereiro (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:37 3 Cadel Evans (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 4 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 5 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 6 Manuel Beltran (Spa, Liquigas) 7 Christophe Moreau (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 8 Jos Antonio Redondo (Spa, Astana) 9 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 10 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Channel 11 Sergio Paulinho (Por, Discovery Channel) 12 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 13 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 14 Levi Leipheimer (USA, Discovery Channel) 15 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 16 Antonio Colom (Spa, Astana) 00:00:46 17 Ludovic Turpin (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:37 18 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz, Crdit Agricole) 00:01:39 19 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:01:39 20 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:01:39 Final standings 1 Christophe Moreau (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 29:50:35 2 Cadel Evans (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:14 3 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 00:01:27 4 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 00:01:52 5 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 00:02:16 6 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Channel) 00:04:24 7 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:05:00 8 Manuel Beltran (Spa, Liquigas) 00:05:01 9 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:05:17 10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra, Cofidis) 00:05:38 11 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:05:52 12 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:05:53 13 Bernhard Kohl (Aut, Gerolsteiner) 00:06:52 14 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bougues Telecom) 00:07:14 15 Xabier Zandio (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:07:49 16 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz, Crdit Agricole) 00:08:01 17 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra, Franaise des Jeux) 00:08:02 18 Ludovic Turpin (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:08:06 19 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:08:10 20 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:09:47
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