Wiggins creates history in Dauphine defence

Bradley Wiggins coasted over the finish line in Chatel to take the overall win of the Criterium du Dauphine, defending his title, and becoming the first rider to take out the Tour de Romandie, Paris-Nice, and this week's race in the same year.

Whatever happens at the Tour, I can already be satisfied with my year. My preparation this season has been fantastic. In terms of doing the work, as much as could be done has been done.

The only two previous riders to have done the Paris-Nice, Criterium du Dauphine double, Jacques Anquetil, and Eddy Merckx, both went on to win the Tour de France in the same year.

"This is a major victory," Wiggins said.

"People talk a lot about the Tour de France, but to win Paris-Nice and the Dauphiné the same year is massive.

"Whatever happens at the Tour, I can already be satisfied with my year. My preparation this season has been fantastic. In terms of doing the work, as much as could be done has been done."

Fittingly, considering his team Sky's performance at the eight-day race, team-mate Michael Rogers took out second overall, backing up his Bayern-Rundfahrt title of last month May.

Australia's Cadel Evans (BMC) put in another fighting performance to take third on the stage, sealing the points classification and third overall. It's the first time he hasn't finished second in the French race in his career, after four previous runner-up placings.

"To be third overall diversifies me after coming second on four occasions at the Dauphiné," the Australian Tour de France champion quipped.

"But my main objective is the Tour de France of course, but whether I win or lose, I like to try and win. That’s the way I like to race. It has made a good little block of training towards July. I’m now in the best form I’ve had so far this year. There are still a few improvements to be made, which is what I like it to be at this point."

Dani Moreno took out the stage after another brilliant uphill sprint from the Spaniard. The Katusha rider was rewarded with his second win of the week after also taking out Stage 2.

"I felt tired at the end of the Dauphiné but I found the strength I needed to win again today," Moreno said. "I’m very happy that I could, it's a great result."

Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) took a winning line into the final corner in Chatel, but lacked the acceleration of his compatriot to fall just short.

The short, sharp stage from Morzine to Chatel lacked the rigour of yesterday's queen stage and despite the Category 1 Col du Corbier climb coming inside the first 30 kilometres of the stage, the bunch sprint played out as predicted.

Pierre Rolland, Jerome Coppel were the last two of the day's breakaway to remain at the front as the race approached its climax, holding an advantage of just more than a minute over the top of the Corbier.

The committed chase of BMC and Katusha however would not be denied, and Moreno took his second sprint win of the week.
Stage 7: 124.5km, Morzine-Chatel
1 Daniel Moreno (ESP) Katusha 2hr 59min 37sec
2 Luis-Leon Sanchez (ESP) Rabobank
3 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC
4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky
5 Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) Ag2R
6 Pieter Weening (NED) Orica-GreenEDGE
7 Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Lotto-Belisol
8 Dries Devenyns (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quickstep
9 Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky
10 Michael Rogers (AUS) Team Sky +7

Final General Classification
1 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 26hr 40min 46 sec
2 Michael Rogers (AUS) Team Sky +1:17
3 Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC +1:26
4 Christopher Froome (GBR) Team Sky +1:45
5 Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Lotto-Belisol +2:12
6 Vasil Kiriyenka (BLR) Movistar +2:58
7 Janez Brajkovic (SLO) Astana +3:07
8 Wilco Kelderman (NED) Rabobank +3:26
9 Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky +3:34
10 Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) RadioShack-Nissan +3:50

Full standings

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