With Wout van Aert in yellow, Primoz Roglic in third place and Jonas Vingegard in fifth place, Jumbo-Visma has a firm grip on the general classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Today the peloton heads into the high mountains in the seventh stage. Follow the developments from 12.55 pm via our live widget above.
In the first mountain stage through the Alps, the wheat will soon be separated, because with the Col du Galibier and the Col de la Croix de Fer the riders have to conquer climbs with names like bells. As if that weren’t enough, the finish is uphill in the ski resort of Vaujany after a tricky final climb.
Van Aert has already won two stages, was second twice and has built up a nice lead over his competitors, but does not see himself as a contender for the final victory. ,,The good climbing legs are there, but on Saturday and Sunday it will explode and then I will come up short,” said the Belgian. ,,In the mountains we will need everyone for Jonas and Primoz. Then I will be ready too.”
Friday’s stage was the last for Juan Sebastian Molano, the Colombian dealt some serious blows and was sent home by the jury. “I was fed up with that kid,” he said of his victim Hugo Page.
Chris Froome is also giving up on the Dauphiné. The four-time winner of the Tour de France has not been feeling well for two days, according to his Israel – Premier Tech team. “On the advice of the medical staff, the team has decided that it is now better for Chris to rest and start his recovery as soon as possible,” the team said.
Froome (37) played no significant role in the Dauphiné, the stage race that serves as preparation for the Tour de France. The Briton has been falling behind in recent days and was in 76th place in the general classification, more than 11 minutes behind Van Aert.
“I was looking forward to the last two stages, but I don’t feel 100 percent,” said Froome, who has struggled with his physical condition and form for several years. Three years ago, he suffered serious injuries in a fall.
Dylan Groenewegen also skips the two mountain stages with which the Dauphiné ends. The Dutch sprinter of the Australian team BikeExchange-Jayco goes home to recover and prepare for the Tour.
Groenewegen (28) finished eighth on Friday in the sixth stage, his best classification in this Dauphiné. Shortly after six refugees had crossed the line, he finished second in the sprint of the peloton. The winner of four Tour stages had a particularly difficult time uphill.
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