Having finished second overall to his then team-mate Chris Froome in 2013, Richie Porte knows the general classification of Critérium du Dauphiné is also often shaken up on the last day as Andrew Talansky and Froome have sealed their final win in 2014 and 2015 on the last day respectively. The conclusive stage this year is tailor-made for a last minute change of leadership with a short distance (115km) between Albertville and the Plateau de Solaison via col des Saisies, col des Aravis and col de la Colombière. It's a very mountainous stage. Riders like Talansky, Romain Bardet and Fabio Aru who have been on the offensive in the penultimate stage might be willing to attack again. Chris Froome might also be interested to test himself seriously ahead of the Tour de France. However, Richie Porte looks like being a solid leader and his BMC team has the depth to defend the yellow-blue jersey but as the Australian said: “It's not over until it's over”. Attack can be his best form of defense again…
In Porte's world, attack is the best form of defense
Sporting stakes11.06.2017Stage 8- Albertville / Plateau de Solaison
Jakob Fuglsang of Astana became the first Dane to win the overall classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné as he dethroned race leader Richie Porte throughout the ten seconds bonus awarded to the winner of the conclusive stage. This is the third time in the past four editions that there is a change of leadership on the last day. It's been a thrilling finale again!
“I can't have any regret. It's been a nice race and I really tried… I had cramps. I'm totally dehydrated. I haven't had great feelings today. Richie Porte has been very strong all week and Fuglsang very impressive today. But I'm not so far behind. I've got more work to do. I have to stay focused on my training from now on.”
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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