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The Steep Slopes of the Dauphiné Prologue

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June 5, 2016 – Alberto Contador laid down a Tour de France marker by storming to victory on Sunday’s opening 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné prologue. Two-time Tour winner Contador set a stunning time of 11min 36sec in the 3.9km uphill time-trial to win by six seconds from Australian Richie Porte. But perhaps more importantly, the 33-year-old Spaniard beat reigning Tour champion Chris Froome into third by 13 seconds.

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James Startt set up on the steep slopes of Les Gets to capture the favorites hunting for victory and other riders simply trying to survive.

RELATED: Read our race report from the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine Prologue.