Edvald Boasson Hagen sprints to victory in first stage of Criterium du Dauphine
Jun 09 2019 09:36 pm CET

Edvald Boasson Hagen sprints to victory in first stage of Criterium du Dauphine
Edvald Boasson Hagen sprints to victory in first stage of Criterium du Dauphine
Team Dimension Data

Dimension Data's Edvald Boasson Hagen has opened his participation in the 2019 Criterium du Dauphine with a victory. The rider outsprinted Philippe Gilbert and Wout van Aert to take the stage's win.

The first stage of the French race was 142 kilometres long and took the riders through a rolling course, which is the reason why many sprinters didn't arrive with the pack to the finish line. Six riders formed the escape of the day, including Oliver Naesen, Magnus Cort Nielsen and Julian Vermote; and it formed a gap of around three minutes with the peloton.

Vermote was the first of the escapees to get dropped and Casper Pedersen took enough KOM points to wear the polka dot jersey at the end of the day. Teams like Deceuninck-Quick-Step and Bahrain Merida took control of the speed in the peloton to catch the remaining front men which they did in the last kilometre.

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) was the lead-out man for Philippe Gilbert but they couldn't beat the strength that Edvald Boasson Hagen put into his sprint, which gave him the stage's victory. Gilbert crossed the finish line in the second position and Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert did in in the third place.

This is the fifth victory for Boasson Hagen in the Criterium du Dauphine and he also took the leader's jersey.






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