Criterium du Dauphine: Alaphilippe wins stage 6

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) managed to beat Gregor Mühlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in a close sprint to win stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne after being on the attack for 216km of the 229km stage deep into the Alps.

Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team), who was also in the three-rider break, finished third a few seconds behind after the trio attacked each other on the final climb of the day.

The Frenchman was the local favourite to win but Mühlberger made Alaphilippe work for victory. Mühlberger attacked several times on the late Col de Beaune climb and then lead out the sprint with aggression, with only the photo-finish confirming that Alaphilippe had beaten him by a few inches. De Marchi finished a disappointed 22 seconds back after losing contact over the top of the climb after a chase and attack.

The overall contenders let the trio gain over 13 minutes at one point during the six hours of racing, preferring to save their strength for the big mountain stages of the weekend.

Wout Poels (Team Ineos) led the peloton home at 6:10 after the British team upped the pace on the final climb, shaking out double stage winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), who finished 15:06 back. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the peloton and so kept the race leader's yellow jersey going into the decisive Alpine weekend.

Alaphilippe was keen to celebrate his tenth victory of the 2019 season and the 36th victory for Deceuninck-QuickStep.

"To win in the Dauphiné in my first race (this season) in France is a really special feeling. I'm really happy after a hard day in the break, with only three guys."

"I know my mate from the breakaway, from Bora. He's really strong and I know he's explosive. I had to be careful but it was a headwind and so didn't want to start my sprint early. In the end I passed him in the last moment, so I'm happy."

Six hours in the saddle

The long ride from Saint-Vulbas on the Plaine de l'Ain to Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne included eight categorised climbs and was made harder a by heavy rain at the start and a stiff headwind once the sun emerged to dry the road and the riders.

Alaphilippe, Mühlberger and De Marchi attacked on the first rise of the stage, with the Frenchman keen to be in the move of the day. They soon opened a gap but Team Sunweb led the chase, only to give up after a fast 60 minutes in the saddle, realizing the mountain's jersey on Casper Pedersen's shoulders was lost. Soon after the trio pushed their lead out to 6:00, after covering 44.5km in the first hour, with Mitchelton-Scott obliged to lead the peloton to defend Yates' yellow jersey.

Alaphilippe led Mühlberger and De Marchi over the day's opening categorised climb after 82km with a lead of 9:15 on the bunch. He was chasing points for the climber's competition soon equalled Casper Pedersen's points total and then took the jersey on the category 4 Col de Frêne after 131km.

He swept up more points on the Côte d'Aiton as the peloton trailed behind at a massive 13:50. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Nick Schultz (Mitchelton-Scott) crashed on the descent of Saint-Georges-d'Hurtières but both riders remounted and rejoined the peloton.

Alaphilippe leads De Marchi and Mühlberger through the finish line in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne for the first time with 16km to race, everyone ready for the end game on the eight-kilometre Col de Beaune climb and its treacherous descent. The peloton also accelerated in anticipation of the climb, with EF Education First upping the pace and dragging the peloton through the finish some 9:20 back.

Alaphilippe asked for a bidon from his team car with 10km to go but his directeur sportif, mindful of the rules, waved a hand of refusal, forcing the Frenchman to race on with empty bottle cages and a thirst. Fortunately it did not affect his thirst for victory when De Marchi and Mühlberger took turns to attack in the final three kilometres of the climb. Alaphilippe chased down one and then other, dancing on the pedals and trying to stay in control.

There was a rare 2019 sighting of Gianni Moscon on the front of the peloton, as Team Ineos set the tempo on the Col de Beaune. The only effect was to distance Van Aert and then Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who both preferred to save themselves from any extra effort.

De Marchi struggled to respond to all of the change in pace but made a defensive attack when he closed the gap with 500 to the summit. However, Mühlberger was determined not to make it easy for anyone and kicked again. Alaphilippe jumped on his wheel and the break was suddenly down to two.

Even a few mistakes on the technical descent failed to disturb the Frenchman and they rode together to the finish. Alaphilippe was under pressure to win again but managed to force Mühlberger to lead out into the headwind finish. The Austrian accepted the challenge and almost held on, only for Alaphilippe to match his speed.

Neither knew who had won but the photo-finish confirmed it was Alaphilippe and the French crowd let out a partisan cheer.

 

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep6:00:54
2Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team0:00:22
4Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos0:06:10
5Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 6 - Cell 2
8Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 10 - Cell 2
12Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 16 - Cell 2
18Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 17 - Cell 2
19Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michael Woods (Can) EF Education FirstRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 20 - Cell 2
22Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-MeridaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 24 - Cell 2
26Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-GobertRow 27 - Cell 2
29Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team IneosRow 28 - Cell 2
30Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto SoudalRow 29 - Cell 2
31Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:06:17
32Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 31 - Cell 2
33Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:06:46
34Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:02
35Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 34 - Cell 2
36Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:07:16
40Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:07:52
42Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:38
43Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team0:09:15
44Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos0:09:29
46Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert0:09:50
47Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:10:52
48Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:11:12
50Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 49 - Cell 2
51Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:11:19
53Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 52 - Cell 2
54Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Darwin Atapuma (Col) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 54 - Cell 2
56Hernando Bohorquez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 56 - Cell 2
58Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 57 - Cell 2
59Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:46
60Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Ineos0:11:53
61Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data0:12:26
62Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida0:12:32
63Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Gobert0:14:31
64Jérémy Maison (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 63 - Cell 2
65Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:15:06
66Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 65 - Cell 2
67Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 66 - Cell 2
68Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 69 - Cell 2
71Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Logan Owen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 71 - Cell 2
73Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 73 - Cell 2
75Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 74 - Cell 2
76Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 75 - Cell 2
77Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 76 - Cell 2
78Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 77 - Cell 2
79Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team IneosRow 78 - Cell 2
80Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First0:15:18
82Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:16:44
83Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education First0:16:58
84Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:17:11
85Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team Emirates0:17:13
87Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 88 - Cell 2
90Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ian Stannard (GBr) Team IneosRow 90 - Cell 2
92Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 91 - Cell 2
93Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:18:26
94Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team SunwebRow 95 - Cell 2
97Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 96 - Cell 2
98Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 97 - Cell 2
99Florian Stork (Ger) Team SunwebRow 98 - Cell 2
100Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension DataRow 99 - Cell 2
101Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 100 - Cell 2
102Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:18:34
103James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First0:18:36
104Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 103 - Cell 2
105Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Casper Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 106 - Cell 2
108Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team SunwebRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rob Power (Aus) Team SunwebRow 108 - Cell 2
110José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:18:49
111Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 110 - Cell 2
112Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 111 - Cell 2
113Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 112 - Cell 2
114Laurens ten Dam (Ned) CCC TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 114 - Cell 2
116Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 115 - Cell 2
117Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 116 - Cell 2
118Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 120 - Cell 2
122Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
123William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:19:53
124David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 123 - Cell 2
125Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty-Gobert0:20:36
126Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:22:12
127Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:19
128Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 127 - Cell 2
129Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:22:39
130Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 130 - Cell 2
132Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:25:27
133Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Dion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 133 - Cell 2
135André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa SamsicRow 134 - Cell 2
136Maxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:25:47
137Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 136 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Le Chatelard - 117km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe10pts
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team4Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish - 229km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep15pts
2Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Wout Poels (Ned) Team Ineos8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Col de la Chambotte - 82km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep5pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Côte de Lachat - 100km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep1
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Mountain 3 - Col du Frêne - 131.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep1
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Mountain 4 - Côte de Châteauneuf - 144.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep1
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Mountain 5 - Côte d'Aiton - 154.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep2pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 6 - Côte de Saint-Georges-d'Hurtières - 165km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep5pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe2Row 2 - Cell 3
4José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 7 - Côte du Bochet - 203.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep2pts
2Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountian 8 - Col de Beaune - 221.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe5pts
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe6:00:54
2Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:10
3Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:07:02
6Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:07:52
7Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:10:52
8Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:11:12
9Mads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:11:19
10Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 9 - Cell 2
11Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Ineos0:11:53
12Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida0:12:32
13Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:15:06