Van Aert admits rookie mistake after Gaudu beats him in Criterium du Dauphine sprint

CHASTREIXSANCY FRANCE JUNE 07 LR Stage winner David Gaudu of France and Team Groupama FDJ Ruben Guerreiro of Portugal and Team EF Education Easypost and Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Green Points Jersey sprint at finish line during the 74th Criterium du Dauphine 2022 Stage 3 a 169km stage from SaintPaulien to ChastreixSancy 1391m WorldTour Dauphin on June 07 2022 in ChastreixSancy France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
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Wout van Aert took back the race leader’s yellow jersey after stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné but struggled to raise a smile on the podium after seeing stage victory snatched from him on the line by David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). 

Van Aert was looking to finish off some superb team work by Jumbo-Visma on the climb up to Chastreix-Sancy and take his second stage win in three days. He made sure he was well-placed for the reduced sprint and took a line down the centre of the road and seemed set to win. But he then sat up and began to celebrate as the finish line approached, only for Gaudu to come from his slipstream and surge past him to snatch victory with a perfectly-timed bike throw. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.