Wout van Aert wins stage and takes first Yellow Jersey at Criterium du Dauphine
Aug 12 2020 10:29 pm CET

Wout van Aert wins stage and takes first Yellow Jersey at Criterium du Dauphine
Wout van Aert wins stage and takes first Yellow Jersey at Criterium du Dauphine
Wout van Aert by Jumbo-Visma

Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert has taken the victory at the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine and took the lead of the General Classification, continuing the winning streak that includes victories at Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo.

The first stage of the out-of-the-ordinary French race was 218.5 kilometres long between Clermont-Ferrand and Saint-Christo-en-Jarez over a hilly route that included a mountain finish. The racing day started with an escape of five that included names like Tom Jelte Slagter (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) and Michael Schär (CCC Team).

With around 54 kilometres to go, the rider of CCC Team was left alone in front, and was reeled back by the pack just before the last climb of the day. Jumbo-Visma continued the work it showed during the Tour de l'Ain and took the lead of the pack, setting the pace for a most of the climb.

With three kilometres to go, EF Pro Cycling's Rigoberto Uran launched an attack and was followed by Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale), Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

There were many attacks in the last kilometres, but Jumbo-Visma managed to repel them all. In the last kilometre, Wout van Aert -who just won Strade Bianche and Milano-Sanremo- attacked and managed to cross the finish line ahead of Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).






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