Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won the opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine after dropping his final breakaway companion, Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) on the final climb of the stage. Domont held on for 2nd while Diego Ullissi (UAE Emirates) took 3rd place from the main field.  It was a cool start to the Criterium du Dauphine as the peloton started the 170km stage with a bit of light rain about. It turned out to be good conditions for a bike race though and so the pace was on the up all day. Over the the first climb of the day a break of.