The 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné finished in dramatic fashion at the weekend with BMC rider Tejay van Garderen narrowly missing out on the victory to Team Sky's Chris Froome.
Stage 7 on Saturday saw Van Garderen, using 3T components, take second place on the tough mountain stage and the yellow jersey from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).
Froome and van Garderen worked together until the Sky leader attacked with 1.6 kilometres to go opening up a gap, but not enough to prevent van Garderen retaking the yellow jersey. Nibali came home 3-58 behind Froome, in 24th place, and fell out of the top 10.
Froome then took a spectacular win on the final 156.5km stage, from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Modane Valfréjus, to dislodge the yellow jersey from van Garderen and seal the overall title after attacking on the final climb.
The Team Sky rider began the day 18 seconds behind van Garderen and crossed the line in Modane-Valfrejus by exactly that margin over the American, who came forth as he was beaten to the line by Orica-GreenEdge’s Yates, and Lampre-Merida’s Rui Costa.
The American came into the Dauphiné with high expectations after a strong start to the season and along with a win in the team time trial on stage 3, he battled valiantly with the best climbers. However, in Team Sky's Chris Froome, he found a rival who simply had too much and for two consecutive days van Garderen was left trailing by the eventual winner.
The final podium was completed by Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), with the help of his Northwave Extreme Tech Plus shoes, Prologo saddle and Fulcrum wheels. Costa finished in third on the final stage behind Simon Yates, ending his Dauphiné one minute 16 seconds down, despite his stage 6 win on Friday.