Boasson Hagen imposes his power and is the first leader

The Norwegian Dimension Data endured in the group of favorites and was the fastest in the arrival. Third victory of the season for him, fourth for Dimension Data.


Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) is the first leader of the Dauphiné Criterium after scoring a great victory in the initial stage with a finish in Jussac. The Norwegian, who came to this test after shining in the Tour of his country (third of the general and a stage), was able to endure in the group of favorites that played the win in a final straight that itched up. Its power was enough to start from quite behind and to gain positions until raising the arms for the third time this season. Balsamic triumph for his team, which only adds four victories this season, three of them from Hagen, and this Sunday is the first World Tour in 2019.

A day marked by a fugue from which Naesen (ag2r), Cort Nielsen (Astana) ) and a Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal) that got hooked on the breakaway later, they held on until the last kilometers. In a fairly broken track, the favorites like Froome, Nairo or Dumoulin did not move, yes Alaphilippe with the help of Stybar, who started in the last climb of the day without managing to take off.

The French, one of the great favorites to win, he decided to reserve for the end once the escape was condemned, but he did not do it to fight him for the victory, but to try to throw another Deceuninck, his partner Gilbert. However, the Belgian could not with Boasson Hagen, who surprised with his power and the winner of the Paris-Roubaix had to settle for second place. Third was Wout Van Aert (Jumbo), who also came well placed in the end but could not finish either. Among the calls to fight for the general, there were no differences. This Monday, second stage with another route with continuous ups and downs: up to eight ports score.

ETAPA

1. Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) 3: 24: 23

2. P. Gilbert (Deceuninck) mt

3. W. Van Aert ( Jumbo) mt

GENERAL

1. Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) 3: 24: 23

2. P. Gilbert (Deceuninck) to 4.

3. W. Van Aert (Jumbo) to 6.



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