Valentin Ferron wins sixth stage Critérium du Dauphiné, Dylan Groenewegen ninth | cycling

with videoValentin Ferron has won the sixth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the 196.5 kilometer stage from Rives to Gap, the 24-year-old Frenchman sprinted away from his group of fellow refugees in his native region a kilometer before the finish and crossed the finish line three seconds ahead.

Of the group of refugees, six eventually remained: five French and the Italian Andrea Bagnoli. From ten kilometers before the finish they tried to escape one by one, but Ferron’s attempt at one kilometer before the finish turned out to be the winning attempt. ,,I knew I was not the fastest sprinter in our group, so I had to try something. Once I punched a hole I knew I would win, a great feeling. It’s a great week for our team and now for me too, with this win in my own region,” said the 24-year-old TotalEnergies rider.

Dylan Groenewegen crossed the line in Gap in ninth. Not much has changed in the general classification. Wout van Aert remains the leader in the standings. The Belgian from Jumbo-Visma has 1 minute and 3 seconds ahead of Mattia Cattaneo and 1 minute and 6 seconds on Primoz Roglic. Wilco Kelderman is the best Dutchman in the ranking with tenth place, 2 minutes and 12 seconds from Van Aert. The Belgian has already won two stages and was surprised by David Gaudu in the third stage, after he started cheering in the sprint too early.

Tomorrow there will be a stage of 135 kilometers from Saint-Chaffrey to Vaujany. Sunday is the final stage of 137 kilometers, from Saint-Alban-Leysse to Plateau de Solaison. The Critérium du Dauphiné is seen by many riders as a warm-up towards the Tour de France, which starts on Friday 1 July in Copenhagen.

Mareczko wins in ZLM Tour

Jakub Mareczko has won the third stage of the ZLM Tour. The Italian from Alpecin-Fenix ​​was the fastest in the sprint in Buchten after 192.5 kilometers in front of classification leader Olav Kooij and the Dane Alexander Salby.

Mareczko also crossed the line first in the second stage on Thursday, but was then reclassified because he had deviated from his line in the sprint. The sprint in Buchten after a middle part in the Limburg hills went according to the rules. In this, Mareczko started early and convincingly stayed ahead of Kooij. It is the Italian’s second stage win this year.

Borghini wins hilly stage to Black Mountain
Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini has won the hilly penultimate stage of the Women’s Tour across Great Britain. The 30-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider turned out to be the strongest uphill to the finish after more than 106 kilometers to Black Mountain. In the final kilometers Longo Borghini tried to break away from her competitors a few times, but they stayed in her wheel. The Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma finished just behind the Italian, ahead of Australia’s leader Grace Brown.

Brown kept the leader’s jersey, which she took over from Lorena Wiebes on Thursday. The Dutch dropped to eighth place on Thursday due to a lesser ride. Brown now has competition from Niewiadoma and Longo Borghini for the overall victory. Saturday is the sixth and final stage, which ends in Oxford.

Wout Van Aert.
Wout Van Aert. © AFP