Nobody can with Van Aert in the first assault of the Dauphiné

The Jumbo-Visma player extends his particular winning streak after conquering San Remo. Bernal, first of the favorites, entered third. Valverde, the best Spanish.


The Jumbo-Visma once again showed its superiority in the first assault of the Criterium del Dauphiné. But it was not Primoz Roglic, their leader, who took the lead, but a Wout van Aert who struck down all the favorites on the final climb to Col de la Gachel. The Belgian is still on a roll and only collects top level triumphs this year: he joins this one from Dauphiné to Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Among the favorites, there were no differences in the day of greatest transition of what is to come in the race.

The day started frantic, with a peak average speed of almost 47 km / h in the third hour of the race. In the first bars the fugue quintet was formed, made up of Bonifazio, Hermans, Van Moer, Slagter and Schar. They had more than five minutes of rental, but with only five days of racing the peloton did not allow any margin for surprises.

The leg-breaking terrain, with seven ports, left a large part of the peloton mature, so the victory pointed to the roosters of the general, especially considering that several members of the flight left the Dauphine between falls and back pain. Schar was left alone in the face of danger, but it was Cavagna who put the squad in greater trouble. The Frenchman, very given to these adventures in the last kilometers of the stage, launched a solo ordeal that finished 13 km from the finish thanks to the work of the Jumbo-Visma.

Thus, everything seemed favorable for a sudden attack of the kind that Alaphilippe usually signs, but it did not have its day despite the fact that Deceuninck worked at the head of the pack for much of the stage. The first bullet, a blank bullet, bore the signature of Rigoberto Urán 3 km from the end, but Roglic quickly jumped to his wheel along with the rest of the favorites. It was to be expected that everything would be decided on the sprint, where the big favorites had nothing to do with the might of Van Aert, who showed off a monumental display of power like last week at Milan-San Remo against Alaphilippe. Bernal was third, the only favorite that achieved a bonus, and Valverde entered fourth as the best Spaniard. The one who showed bad feelings again was Chris Froome, when less than 4 km from the finish he was left off the main group (he lost 5:23 '). This Thursday, the stop in Col de Porte will begin to decide this edition. There will be nothing left to hide.

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