In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Jesus Herrada is the second rider to be chosen at Criterium du Dauphine, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage.
Greg Van Avermaet, Serge Pauwels, Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard were all contenders for our rider of the day award at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday but in the end we couldn’t see past stage winner Jesus Herrada (Movistar).
The Spaniard timed his winning move to perfection after an arduous day in the saddle and took the biggest win of his career in impressive fashion.
He bridged over to a dangerous break all on his own and then with the line in sight came through to take stage 2. Few would have predicted Herrada’s win, making it all the more impressive.
"I tried to keep my strength for the final, I knew there would be this kind of sprint, on a climb that suits me. Therefore I remained calm until the last 500 metres. First Dani Moreno attacked then I saw that his move wouldn’t work, so I made my acceleration," he said at the finish.
"The team has handled the situation very well, executing our plan, with Fran (Ventoso) and Marc (Soler), Antonio (Pedrero) giving me a big helping hand early on before Ruben (Fernandez) gave his all and then especially with that final surge by Dayer (Quintana) that brought me up."
Daniel Benson says: Spanish cycling has long looked for a new generation of riders to carry the torch after Contador, Rodriguez and Valverde hang up their wheels, and Herrada could well play a part in the transition. It seems like Herrada has been around for years yet he’s still just 25. With no Quintana or Valverde at the Dauphine, Herrada has taken his opportunity to shine.