Cycling - Talansky surprise winner of Criterium du Dauphine

American Andrew Talansky was the surprise winner of the Criterium du Dauphine after he overcame a 39-second deficit to beat pre-race favourites Alberto Contador and Chris Froome on Sunday.

Cycling - Talansky surprise winner of Criterium du Dauphine

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US winner Andrew Talansky (C), second-placed Spain's Alberto Contador (L) and third-placed Belgium's Jurgen Van Den Broeck (R) celebrate on the podium of the 66th edition of the Dauphine Criterium (AFP)

The final stage had been expected to be a showdown between Tour de France champions Contador and Froome, who had led the race for the first six stages before being outclassed by the Spaniard on Saturday in the overall standings by eight-seconds.

But Talansky surged past the favourites during the 131.5 km eighth stage from Megeve to Courchevel to finish on top of the overall standings by 27 seconds.

"Moments like this make the sacrifices worthwhile," an emotional Talansky told reporters.

While Contador trailed in more than a minute behind Talansky in the final stage, Froome struggled to maintain contact and ended up finishing outside the top 10 in the general classification.

Froome's fellow Team Sky rider Mikel Nieve won Sunday's stage in three hours 20 minutes 29 seconds.

Talansky produced a stunning late breakaway to cross the line in fourth, nine seconds behind Nieve.

Stage eight result

1. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky) 3:20:29"

2. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +3"

3. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +5"

4. Andrew Talansky (US / Garmin) +9"

5. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Lotto)

6. Tejay van Garderen (US / BMC Racing) +15"

7. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin) +32"

8. John Gadret (France / Movistar) +36"

9. Daniel Navarro (Spain / Cofidis) +41"

10. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +1:15"

General classification

1. Andrew Talansky (US / Garmin) 31:08:08"

2. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) +27"

3. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Belgium / Lotto) +35"

4. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin) +43"

5. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) +1:20"

6. Adam Yates (Britain / Orica) +2:05"

7. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) +2:12"

8. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky) +2:59"

9. Daniel Navarro (Spain / Cofidis) +3:04"

10. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana) +3:17"

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