Brent Van Moer wins and leads in Criterium du Dauphine stage 1
May 31 2021 04:57 am CET

Brent Van Moer wins and leads in Criterium du Dauphine stage 1
Brent Van Moer wins and leads in Criterium du Dauphine stage 1
Criterium du Dauphine

Brent Van Moer (Lotto Soudal) has celebrated on the opening day of the Criterium du Dauphine and is the first leader of the General Classification.

The first stage of the French race was 181.8 kilometres long from and to Issoire over a rolling route that favoured the classics riders and the breakaway. The escape of the day included riders like Patrick Gamper, Van Moer, Ian Garrison and Cyril Gautier and reached a gap of more than five minutes with the pack.

Meanwhile, teams like UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain Victorious set the pace in the pack to favour their sprinters Alexander Kristoff and Sonny Colbrelli for a potential fast finale. But the toughness of the rolling terrain made them struggle while the front men kept a good distance.

With 15 kilometres to go, Van Moer made a move and left his companions behind while it was being more evident that the pack wasn't going to catch him. The Belgian entered the last kilometre with an advantage of 38 seconds, and took like this his maiden victory, that also allowed him to wear Yellow at the end of the day.
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