Criterium du Dauphine: Kwiatkowski brushes off crash injuries to regain lead

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You wouldn't have guessed from Team Sky's storming team time trial victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné that Michal Kwiatkowski had crashed heavily the previous afternoon, nor indeed Geraint Thomas 48 hours before that. "I must have hard bones," Kwiatkowski said in his press conference in Louhans, newly decked out in yellow as overall leader.

"I came out without any major injuries, just skin off and some pain in my elbow, arms, and hip this morning, but when you're racing you actually forget about it, because you've got more pain in the legs than the parts of the body you hurt."

The Pole, who'd lost his lead to Daryl Impey as a consequence of bonus seconds rather than the crash, led a Sky team that swept the floor with the opposition on Wednesday. They finished a full 38 seconds quicker than second-placed BMC Racing, with just three of the 21 other teams able to get within a minute. As a consequence, Sky now occupy the first four spots on the general classification as the race heads for the mountains.

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The writing had perhaps been on the wall since the prologue. Kwiatkowski was the winner there over 6.6km, with Gianni Moscon third and Sky putting two more riders in the top 15, not to mention Geraint Thomas, who might have won but for his crash.

That said, there was some surprise at the squad's margin of victory in the team time trial, not least from Kwiatkowski himself.

"Before the stage actually I didn't expect this parcours was going to be so difficult. On the profile, it's quite flat, but when we did the recon it was actually never flat – it was all up and down, small ramps and changes of speed. It was demanding – one of those difficult ones where you have to pace the team very well. It's because of that that there were such big gaps," Kwiatkowski said.

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