Andrew Talansky wins the Criterium du Dauphine after escaping in the days breakaway group in the final stage, which also saw Chris Froome fall to 12th.

Talansky started the final stage in third place, behind Froome and Alberto Contador but the American was able to finish one minute and six seconds ahead of his Spanish rival.

Talansky was 39 seconds down on Contador going into the race today but after getting himself in the 23-man breakaway group he managed to finish fourth overall on the stage, which was enough to beat Contador.

The 25-year-old couldn't believe he had won the general classification and admits it's moments like that which is why he is part of the sport.

According to Sky Sports, Talansky said: "You put your whole life into something - the sacrifices, the training, there are times when you have crashed or you're sick - and it is the moments like this that make everything worth it.

"Just one moment like this makes you forget about all of it. This is why we do this, for moments like today.

“It was a very hard start. We had Ryder Hesjedal off the front and I went up to Ryder, and he rode on the front of the breakaway all day and sacrificed himself for me.

"It was a perfect situation. We didn’t know if it would work, but we saw the opportunity and we had to try.”

Team Sky's Mikel Nieve ended up winning the stage by three seconds ahead of Romain Bardet. However it wasn't all good news for Team Sky as race favourite Froome could only manage to finish just over five minutes down on Nieve, dropping him down to 12th in the overall standings.

Contador did mount a late charge to catch up with Talansky towards the final climb of the day but the Spaniard ran out of steam.

The former Tour de France winner admitted he was pleased with how he raced today.

"This is definitely not a disappointment. "I am very happy with the race I did today. I felt strong.

"I knew it would be difficult to keep control of the race, but what I did today, this is a victory. I think I will be in my best form for the Tour de France."

Stage eight result

1 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky, 3:20:29
2 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +3secs
3 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, +5
4 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp, +9
5 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol, same time
6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC, +15
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +32
8 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar, +36
9 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +41
10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, +1:15
Selected other
20 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +5:05

General classification

1 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp, 31:08:08
2 10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, +27secs
3 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol, +35
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +43
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +1:20
6 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, +2:05
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, +2:12
8 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky, 2:59
9 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, +3:04
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, +3:17
Selected other
12 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +4:25

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