Young Dutchman Koen Bouwman emerges from a six-man breakaway to win Tuesday's 184km third stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
The Italian was forced to miss the Giro d'Italia because of an injury, so his attention has now turned toward the yellow jersey.
The Frenchman has never won a Tour de France stage, a benchmark for any French sprinter in the peloton.
The Dauphiné's second stage serves up a sprint finish, which plays out perfectly for Arnaud Démare.
Arnaud Démare wins stage 2 at Critérium du Dauphiné in a bunch sprint. Thomas de Gendt keeps his overall lead.
Belgian Thomas De Gendt takes the opening stage in Saint-Étienne and dons all three major classification jerseys in the process.
Belgium's Thomas De Gendt burst away to win the opening stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, a 170.5km ride around Saint-Étienne on
Though he has never won the Dauphiné, Alberto Contador is content to use the one-week French race as a tune-up for the Tour de France.
The Critérium du Dauphiné is a key tune-up race for the Tour de France. Expect to see fireworks when Froome, Contador, and Porte line up.
Critérium du Dauphiné is key to Tour de France preparation. What will the top riders show us in this week-long race through France?