Mark Padun makes it two in Dauphine, Richie Porte gets overall victory
Jun 07 2021 01:14 am CET

Mark Padun makes it two in Dauphine, Richie Porte gets overall victory
Mark Padun makes it two in Dauphine, Richie Porte gets overall victory
Criterium du Dauphine

Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) has taken the win of the last stage in the Criterium du Dauphine while Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) has won the race.

The last stage of the French race was 147 kilometres long and took place over a route that joined La Lechere-Les-Bains and Les Gets featuring two climbs of the second category, one of the first, one hors category ascent and a mountain finish. A group of 17 riders managed to break free on the first climb of the day and included names like Padun, Pierre Rolland, Sander Armee and Warren Barguil.

The Ukranian winner of the previous stage was very active and took enough points to top the mountain classification. Meanwhile, teams like Astana and Movistar were trying to stir things in the pack with the objective of isolating Richie Porte and attack the GC lead.

But Ineos-Grenadiers had things under control while riders like Jack Haig, Miguel Angel Lopez and Wilco Kelderman managed to escape from the gap. On the last descent of the day Alexey Lutsenko and Ion Izagirre attacked, Geraint Thomas crashed but Porte could control the gap with the others on his own.

Padun attacked with 27 kilometres to go and managed to maintain the front of the race until he crossed the finish line by himself, taking his second victory in a row in the present edition of the race. On the last climb, Thomas returned to help the leader of the General Classification, who crossed the finish line two minutes and ten seconds behind the winner of the stage, and confirmed his overall victory.

Lutsenko and Thomas completed the final podium of the race. Porte, 36, also became the oldest rider ever to win the race.



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