Primoz Roglic takes over leader’s jersey Wout van Aert after second place in queen stage | cycling

Criterium du DauphinéPrimoz Roglic is the new leader of the general classification of Critérium du Dauphiné. The Jumbo-Visma rider finished in the queen stage (134.8 kilometers) behind the Spanish winner Carlos Verona, but it was enough to take over the yellow jersey from Wout van Aert.

The Slovenian finished in the difficult stage from Saint-Chaffrey to Vaujany after 134.8 kilometers in second behind stage winner Carlos Verona from Spain, who won after a solo. It is the first professional victory for the 29-year-old Spaniard from Movistar. Jonas Vingegaard, Roglic’s Danish teammate at Jumbo-Visma, finished third.

In the general classification, the Slovenian is 44 seconds ahead of Vingegaard and 1.24 minutes ahead of Australian Ben O’Connor. The Critérium du Dauphiné ends on Sunday with a difficult mountain stage of 137 kilometers, from Saint-Alban-Leysse to Plateau de Solaison.

The stage with climbs of the Col du Galibier and the Col de la Croix de Fer promised to be very difficult, although the final climb to Vaujany was not that difficult. A group of eighteen riders had ridden on the Galibier, alongside Verona strong riders such as Andrey Amador from Costa Rica, the Frenchman Kenny Elissonde, the Briton Mark Donovan and Pierre Roland, the French leader in the mountains classification.

On the Croix de Fer, Van Aert had to let the group of classification riders go with 32 kilometers to go. The Italian Mattia Cattaneo, the number two in the standings, and the Briton Ethan Hayter were also unable to keep up the pace. As a result, Roglic seemed to have the best papers to take over the leader’s jersey. With his attack at one and a half kilometers from the finish, he increased his lead over the competitors. Only he just couldn’t catch up with Verona, who was the only one left of all the escapees. He finished 13 seconds behind the Spaniard.

Roglic was satisfied after grabbing the leader’s jersey. “I need this stage race to find my legs after a training camp. I feel better and better and today I am very happy to be back. It was not the main goal to win the stage. We came very close, but Carlos Verona deserved to win. Tomorrow is the queen stage, then we have to get there and finish it.”