Today's Critérium du Dauphiné stage was a bumpy affair through the Ardéche region of France. Are there any flat roads in the Ardéche? I'm pretty sure there aren't. And if there are, they certainly haven't appeared in any bike races lately.
The hilly course attracted plenty of attacks as breaks formed and reformed. It must be getting close to the Tour, because among the riders on the attack was David Moncoutié. The French climber went up the road on the long col de Montivernoux. The break didn't survive, though it did set up Biel Kadri to grab the mountains jersey at the end of the day.
The battle for the stage victory came down to the final kilometers, just as it did in the opening road stage won by Cadel Evans. This time, Tony Martin jumped inside the final kilometer in the hope of securing a stage victory and picking up a few seconds in the overall. Too soon, Tony. Daniel Moreno proved quick to counter Martin's move.
Moreno made it stick and took his first stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Julien Simon finished second, while Tony Gallopin took third. The general classification remained unchanged and Bradley Wiggins still holds a one second advantage over Cadel Evans.
Tomorrow's stage runs from Givors to La Clayette. The sprinters should have a chance with this one. There are some bumpy bits early in the stage, but the second half of the stage is mostly flat. Don't expect any hijinx from the general classification riders. They will be saving their legs for Thursday's 53 kilometer time trial. Thursday's stage offers a nice final test for the Tour riders to check their time trial positions and their legs in a long test.
Here are today's stage results and the general classification.