Primoz Roglic wins the Dauphiné before finding Pogacar on the Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard wins the stage

Primoz Roglic wins the Dauphiné before finding Pogacar on the Tour de France, Jonas Vingegaard wins the stage

Ruthless Jumbo-Visma. In perfect position to win this 74th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Primoz Roglic did not crack in the 8th and last stage which led to the Plateau de Solaison, to win the event for the first time in his career.

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. Stronger than all his opponents on the final climb, led on a plateau by Jonas Vingegaard, he even left the stage victory to his Danish teammate, who also finished 2nd overall. Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroen) completed the final podium, his first in a World Tour event. Big disappointment for David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), who completely exploded in the final climb and came out of the top 10.

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Vingegaard and Roglic in demonstration

The Jumbo-Visma really wanted the stage victory and never really left any hope to their opponents. Neither to the breakaway of fifteen riders, out in the passes at the start of the stage and which was taken up in the final climb, nor to the best climbers of this Dauphiné.

After having quickly shown its ambitions from the Col de la Colombière, by asking Chris Harper to impose a big tempo, the Dutch team made a huge selection on the climb to the Plateau de Solaison, cracking all the leaders one by one. and leaving the field open to Vingegaard and Roglic.

The two men were definitely isolated 5.3 kilometers from the finish, almost easily. Irresistibly. Stronger, they did not seek to widen the gap at all costs, the fault in part of Primoz Roglic who showed some signs of weakness in the last kilometers, struggling to keep up with the tempo of his Danish teammate. But Vingegaard waited for him and the two men finished together, the Slovenian logically leaving the stage victory to the Dane.

Big failure for Gaudu

The Dane is definitely helping to run in France since this is his second success of the season, the second in France after the Drôme Classic for the man who finished 2nd in the Tour last year. For his part, Roglic finally wins the general classification of the Dauphiné, two years after his fall which had forced him to retire while he was wearing the yellow jersey. A good omen for the Tour de France. Which is not necessarily the case for his opponents of the day.

The exceptional work of Steven Kruijswijk in the ascent of the Plateau de Solaison blew up all the leaders one by one, starting with David Gaudu. Winner at Chastreix-Sancy at the start of the week, daring yesterday with a lot of work from his teammate, the Frenchman from Groupama-FDJ dreamed of a podium at the start, but he quickly realized that he couldn’t do anything. In complete failure, the Breton accepted that he was not having a good day and finally sank into the great widths (+ 7’27 ”). A failure which is reminiscent of that at Ventoux last year on the Tour.

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O’Connor attempted

Overall, he very logically comes out of the top 10 (17th in the general classification), in the same way as Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar, 13th) who was unable to compete for the white jersey of best young rider with Tobias Johannessen (Uno- X), also quickly left behind, but who managed his effort well to save his top 10 (10th overall). But no one could keep up with the Jumbo-Vismas. Not even an outstanding Ben O’Connor.

The Australian from AG2R Citroën was the only one to try to take the wheel of Vingegaard and Roglic when they attacked, he was already the only one able to follow them at that time. He couldn’t keep up the infernal pace set by the Dane and the Slovenian for long, but he was happy to settle for 3rd place overall, his first World Tour podium in a stage race. Faced with this Jumbo-Visma, it was the best thing to do.

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