Criterium du Dauphine: Fuglsang takes overall victory

Jakob Fuglsang secured overall victory at the Criterium du Dauphine after his Astana team controlled his GC rivals and efficiently dissuaded any attacks on the final mountain stage to Champery across the French border into Switzerland in the heart of the Alps.

Fuglsang started the stage with an eight-second lead on Adam Yates, but the Mitchelton-Scott rider surprisingly abandoned with 50km left to race, his team revealing he was suffering with a fever. Fuglsang’s other rivals lacked the terrain and courage to try to crack him, and so the Astana blue train gave the Dane an armchair ride to the finish.

Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos) won the 113km stage after being part of the 13-rider move of the day. He and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) were the strongest on the final climbs and rode to the finish together, with van Baarle using his better speed and sprint skills to win. Astana brought the GC group home some 1:59 down on van Baarle to begin the celebrations and give Fuglsang his second overall victory in the French stage race, two years after his first.

Yates abandonment meant that Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) finished second overall, 20 seconds down on Fuglsang, with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) confirming his stage race credentials with third overall at 21 seconds. Wout Poels (Team Ineos) was fourth at 28 seconds.

"I jumped in the blue limousine and they rode me to the finish," Fuglsang joked about the strength of his Astana team during the final stage.

"I expect the day to be even harder than it turned out to be, but my teammates did a great job and controlled it so perfect. We got a nice group up front; the best guy was five minutes down or something in the GC. Yates stopped for some reason and Kruijswijk had problems too; maybe yesterday was hard for some due to the cold and today then the team did the rest for me.”

Fuglsang won the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine but savoured this one more after riding the final stage in the leader’s yellow jersey. In 2017 he snatched victory from Richie Porte on the final stage.

"This one is special because I got to ride in the yellow jersey. In 2017 I won 2 stages but this one is different, I’m super happy to bring the jersey to finish and win,” he said.

Next up is a certain Grand Tour in July.

"I think my next race is another one in France.... I’m looking forward to it," Fuglsang joked with confidence. "I think I’m in the right way and that this year can be a good year for me. This has been a fantastic season and I hope it can get even better.

"This year everything seems to come really easy and perfectly. It makes it so much easier, there’s no stress and everything comes automatically. Also the whole Astana team is super strong and everybody is lifting everyone else, there’s a good atmosphere, it’s really good."

A short, controlled but intense final stage

The 113km stage was short but intense, but the lack of a steep mountain finish and the strength of the Astana squad were a blow to the hopes of Fuglsang’s overall rivals.

Team Ineos tried to set a fast pace and Thibaut Pinot made one acceleration, but Fuglsang never looked in trouble. He carefully let the break of 13 riders go away and then enjoyed the sky blue limo ride to the finish.

In the attack where van Baarle, Haig, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Felix Grosshartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), Carlos Verona (Movistar), Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto-Soudal), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) and Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic).

Some were there for a GC teammate, others chasing the stage victory, but they worked well together over the rolling roads towards the Swiss border. Alaphilippe was there to sweep up the final mountain points and so win the blue polka-dot jersey. He did that with ease but then faltered when he turned his attention to winning the stage.

The 8.5km Côte des Rives with 20km to race proved fatal for Alaphilippe and saw Haig distance all his rivals. Van Baarle joined him at the right moment and everyone faded out of contention.

Hagen went close as Alaphilippe eased up, but Haig and van Baarle showed their form and talent by holding off the chase. Haig perhaps made a mistake in the sprint, and van Baarle made sure he hit out from the front close to the line, punching the air in celebration and giving Team Ineos a second consecutive stage victory after the emotions of Chris Froome's crash.

"The plan was that me and Gianni Moscon would go in the breakaway to try and help Wout (Poel), but it turned out a bit differently. I’m so happy," van Baarle said.

"This week had its ups and downs and everyone knows what happen with Chris. I’m happy the team did really great with that. I’m just really happy. In the past I really struggled in this race but I trained and worked so hard to be good here, I’m happy this came out of it all."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos3:05:48
2Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 1 - Cell 2
3Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal0:00:50
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:01:12
5Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 5 - Cell 2
7Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:16
8Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:59
9Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 8 - Cell 2
10Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 13 - Cell 2
15Wout Poels (Ned) Team IneosRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 16 - Cell 2
18Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:04
20Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:02:05
21Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida0:02:38
23Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 22 - Cell 2
24David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:44
25Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:56
27Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team0:03:32
30Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:39
32Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos0:03:45
33Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team0:04:08
34Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb0:04:34
35Joseph Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team0:05:17
36Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 35 - Cell 2
37Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:09
41Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 40 - Cell 2
42Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 41 - Cell 2
43Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 42 - Cell 2
44Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team SunwebRow 45 - Cell 2
47Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jérémy Maison (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 47 - Cell 2
49Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 48 - Cell 2
50Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-GobertRow 49 - Cell 2
51Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 51 - Cell 2
53Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-GobertRow 52 - Cell 2
54Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 53 - Cell 2
55Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 55 - Cell 2
57Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 56 - Cell 2
58José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 57 - Cell 2
59Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 59 - Cell 2
61Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 61 - Cell 2
63Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team SunwebRow 65 - Cell 2
67Rob Power (Aus) Team SunwebRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team IneosRow 69 - Cell 2
71Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:29
72Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:09:43
75Natnael Berhane (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 75 - Cell 2
77Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:11:19
78Logan Owen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 77 - Cell 2
79Laurens ten Dam (Ned) CCC Team0:14:12
80Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Ineos0:15:31
81Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team IneosRow 80 - Cell 2
82Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:52
83James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First0:16:01
84Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 85 - Cell 2
87Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 89 - Cell 2
91Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Petr Vakoc (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 93 - Cell 2
95Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 94 - Cell 2
96William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 95 - Cell 2
97Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 96 - Cell 2
98Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 98 - Cell 2
100Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 99 - Cell 2
101Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 100 - Cell 2
102Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 101 - Cell 2
103Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 102 - Cell 2
104Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data0:17:03
105Hernando Bohorquez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:18:27
DNFAdam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFDion Smith (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFClement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFEdward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFGregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 110 - Cell 2
DNSDarwin Atapuma (Col) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 111 - Cell 2
DNSStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 113 - Cell 2
DNSMichael Woods (Can) EF Education FirstRow 114 - Cell 2
DNSAlberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Clarke (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 117 - Cell 2
DNSPierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 118 - Cell 2
DNSCyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 119 - Cell 2
DNSThomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-GobertRow 121 - Cell 2
DNSCasper Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 122 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - La Chapelle-D'Abondance km. 65.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin10pts
2Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ4Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Champéry km. 113.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos15pts
2Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Côte De Châtillon-Sur-Cluses km. 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep2pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) CCC Team1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Côte De Rond km. 14.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep5pts
2Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Montée Des Gets km. 22
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep2pts
2Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Col Du Corbier km. 49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep10pts
2Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-Merida6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 5 - Pas De Morgins (1369M) km. 76.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma2pts
2Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 6 - Côte Des Rives km. 101.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott10pts
2Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountain 7 - Montée De Champéry km. 112.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2pts
2Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma3:07:00
2Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:47
3Neilson Powless (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma0:01:26
4David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:32
5Florian Stork (Ger) Team Sunweb0:03:22
6Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:05
7Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:05:57
8Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 9 - Cell 2
11Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Rob Power (Aus) Team SunwebRow 11 - Cell 2
13Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team IneosRow 12 - Cell 2
14Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First0:10:07
15Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:40
16James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First0:14:49
17Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 17 - Cell 2
19Wout Van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Julius van den Berg (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Stefan De Bod (RSA) Dimension Data0:15:51
23Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:17:15
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Ineos9:23:08
3Astana Pro Team0:00:18
4Lotto Soudal0:04:14
6Movistar Team0:06:20
7CCC Team0:06:25
10Team Arkea - Samsic0:07:54
12AG2R La Mondiale0:08:41
14Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:10:33
15Uae Team EmiratesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Team Sunweb0:13:08
17Team Jumbo-Visma0:14:07
18Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:18:17