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Dauphiné prologue gallery: Kwiatkowski wins while Thomas crashes

Michal Kwiatkowski won while teammate Geraint Thomas crashed at the opening 6.6-kilometer prologue of the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Van Emde
Jos Van Emden set the early fast time at the 6.6km prologue of the Criterium du Dauphine 2018. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Moscon
Italian national TT champion and Sky rider Gianni Moscon ripped through course for the third fastest time on the day. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Campenaerts
European Champion TT champion Victor Campenaerts had a good ride, but would go on to finish just off the podium. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Campenaerts
VALENCE, FRANCE – JUNE 02: Aleksejs Saramotins of Latvia and Team Bora – Hansgrohe / during the 70th Criterium du Dauphine 2018, Prologue a 6,6km individual time trial stage from Valence to Valence on June 2, 2018 in Valence, France. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Bardet
Pre-race favorite Romain Bardet suffered a poor showing, finishing 23-seconds behind the winner. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Kwiatkowski
Michal Kwiatkowski had a amazing ride over the short course. He would go on to win the stage and take the overall lead. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Kwiatkowski
Along with his fast ride, Kwiatkowski looked resplendent in his Polish national champion kit. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Thomas
Geraint Thomas suffered a crash out on course, but recovered to finish only 21-seconds back Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images
Criterium du Dauphine 2018, prologue: Kwiatkowski
Michal Kwiatkowski took the yellow leader’s jersey with his win. Defending the lead will be tough through the difficult week-long race. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images