Critérium du Dauphiné - Van Aert la 5e étape, Benjamin Thomas frustré !

Critérium du Dauphiné – Van Aert the 5th stage, Benjamin Thomas frustrated!

The breakaways came close to trapping the sprinters this Thursday during the 5th stage of the Dauphine Criterium ! Member of the quartet that almost went to the end, Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) was indeed taken back 100 meters from the finish line by the peloton, the victory finally going to Wout Van Aert, who won his second success of the week and consolidated his yellow jersey. The Belgian from Team Jumbo-Visma narrowly outstripped his compatriot Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe), while the British Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) took third place. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team TotalEnergies) and Hugo Page (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) completed the top 5. In the general classification, Wout Van Aert now has a 1’03” lead over Mattia Cattaneo (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team).

Video – Wout Van Aert wins the 5th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné

Five riders in the breakaway, Pierre Rolland scores points and gets up, Enric Mas goes to the ground

It is after about thirty kilometers that the scenario of this race begins to be written, with three riders who give way to the peloton. Composed of the Austrian Sebastian Schonberger (B&B Hotels-KTM), from French Fabien Doubey (Team TotalEnergies) and the Belgian Jan Bakelants (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), the top three then saw the return of Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) and the wearer of the best climber’s jersey, Pierre Roland (B&B Hotels-KTM). The rest of the race is then clear, with a peloton which manages the advance of the breakaways, in particular under the impetus of the Team BikeExchange-Jayco of Dylan Groenewegen. This is how the gap never exceeds 3 minutes.

After passing the Côte de Dun in the lead and thus scoring 5 points which allow him to consolidate his polka dot jersey, Pierre Roland, aware that the breakaway has almost no chance of going to the end, decides to wait for the peloton, his main objective of the day having been achieved. In the descent of the Dun coast, more than 100 terminals from the finish, Enric Mas (Movistar Team), one of the favorites in the general classification, suffered a big crash. If he manages to start again, the Spaniard is badly scratched at the level of the shoulder and must go for a walk on the side of the medical car.

Dylan Groenewegen left behind, a heroic quartet… but taken over, Wout Van Aert wins

Thirty or so miles from Chaintré, the leading quartet still has a lead of more than 2 minutes over the peloton, but the latter accelerates strongly in the two small bumps that punctuate the end of the stage, the objective of certain teams. being to eliminate the few pure sprinters who make up the peloton. Those are the INEOS Grenadiers ofEthan Hayter and the Jumbo Visma of Wout Van Aert who are the most active in the peloton. And 500 meters from the top of the last listed difficulty of the day, the cost of Vergisson, the great favorite of the day, the Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen (Team BikeExchange-Jayco), reached his limits and was thrown out of the peloton. Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech) suffers the same fate a few moments later.

At the top of this bump, and with less than 13 kilometers to go, the breakaways are 40″ ahead of the peloton, while the group Groenewegen is at 1’10”. It is a big fight which is then started between the leading runners and the peloton, the latter having to really work at 110% to come back on the runaways. Very strong, the latter still have 10 seconds of margin at the start of the last kilometer, but a small moment of procrastination at the front combined with a big stint of Christopher Laporte (Team Jumbo-Visma) at the back allow the peloton to return 100 meters from the line and Wout Van Aert to conclude, the Belgian having managed to resist the big comeback of his compatriot Jordi Meeus (BORA-hansgrohe) in the final meters.


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