"It's a bit of an unexpected situation because I didn't expect to find myself in this position but it's great to not have any time to make up.
Early pace setter Bob Jungels of Luxembourg finished third at 9 seconds ahead of American Andrew Talansky.
"The Dauphine this year is really hard right from the opening stages. I think tomorrow again we can expect a really big race in the mountains," added the Team Sky rider.
LYON, June 8, 2014 (AFP) Britain's defending champion Chris Froome won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, an individual time trial in Lyon, on Sunday. Froome finished the 10.4km course in 13:13, 8 seconds ahead of biggest rival Alberto Contador of Spain.
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Froome trailed Italy's Vincenzo Nibali by 2 seconds at the intermediate checkpoint following the stage's lone climb, the fourth category Montee de l'Observance, while holding a slender 1 second advantage over Spain's Contador.
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Froome, who will also try to defend his Tour de France title next month, admitted that he hadn't anticipated wearing yellow quite so soon.
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who finished the day down in a tie for eighth at 13 seconds.
"I'm going to defend the yellow jersey even if I didn't think I'd have it right now.
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