De la Cruz: “One of the hardest Dauphinés ever”
David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates): “I thought yesterday was the hardest stage of this Dauphiné but I was wrong! Today, we went full gas from the start, a GC group got together with the HC climb and then it was a team time trial. We’re happy that I can keep the polka-dot jersey and that Tadej [Pogacar] improved a lot on GC. It’s a good sign for...
Van Aert: “We didn’t want to give up”
Van Aert: “With Primoz [Roglic]’s crash, it felt like everything we did was for nothing. But in the bus, I felt we didn’t want to give up and we were ready to give everything in this stage. It was super hard from the start. I was happy to take points in the sprint and help Tom [Dumoulin] and Sepp [Kuss] for the finale. Sepp is an incredible guy, always helping,...
Martinez: “I was at the limit but I was determined”
Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling): “This morning they told me Roglic wouldn’t start. I knew the race would be hectic from the beginning. My team worked very well for me in the first part and I was able to save strength for the finale and go for the win. I was at the limit but I was determined to make it to the finish. It’s one of the biggest race in the World...
Kuss: “One of the hardest day I ever had on the bike”
Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma): “After yesterday it was a bit strange waking up in the morning. We were all shocked. It also gave us the opportunity to race aggressively. It’s been one of the hardest day I ever had on the bike. It was full on from the start. I saw everyone was really tired and I could take advantage that I was lower on GC. It’s a very nice day. I trained...
Martinez climbs higher than ever
The 5th and last stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné turned the race upside down with aggressive racing from the start and major gaps on the line. The race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) abandoned after a crash on Saturday. And his runner-up Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) couldn’t maintain his advantage on Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), who attacked on...
Daniel Martinez wins the 72nd Critérium du Dauhiné
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) drops some 35'' on the line and Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) wins the 72nd Critérium du Dauphiné.
Kuss takes the solo win
Results in Megève:
1. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)
2. Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling)
3. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
4. Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)
5. Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)
Last kilometre for Kuss
The last gap with the chasing trio: 43''
Tom Dumoulin accelerates inside the last 3km of the race and joins Lennard Kämna, who had attacked just before.
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