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The final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné usually promises drama and on this occasion, a plot twist has arrived before the race has even started. Overall leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has abandoned the race due to the injuries he sustained in his crash on stage 4. His absence means that Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is the de facto race leader today, but the wording of the Jumbo-Visma statement casts some doubt on Roglic's Tour de France prospects to boot: “As a result of his crash yesterday, Primoz Roglic - leader in the GC and points classification - won’t start in the ultimate stage today. The evolution of his injuries will determine the plans for the upcoming races.” Read more here.

Primoz Roglic got in the JUmbo-Visma team car but then continued in the race

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Roglic is the latest in a spate of high-profile abandons on this Critérium du Dauphiné. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) withdrew ahead of yesterday's stage, citing a back injury. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) abandoned after dislocating his shoulder in a crash on the descent of the Col de Plan Bois. Emanuel Buchmann went down in the same crash and abandoned the race, as did his Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Gregor Muhlberger. Bora-Hansgrohe reported that Buchmann sustained "a large hematoma, yet managed to escape fractures," while Muhlberger "likely escaped a broken wrist, but will undergo a CT scan as confirmation."

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Today's final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné features no fewer than eight classified climbs, including the hors categorie Col de Romme and the category 1 Col de la Colombiere. There are also two ascents of the Côte de Domancy, site of Bernard Hinault's 1980 World Championships victory and, for the second day in succession, a summit finish on the category 2 haul to the altiport in Megève. The neutralised start is at 12.10 local time, with the peloton scheduled to hit kilometre zero at 12.20.

In the absence of Roglic, the revised general classification is as follows:

1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 17:45:46

2 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis      0:00:10

3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren          0:00:12

4 Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling      

5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team         0:00:18

6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:21

7 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo

8 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates  0:01:03

9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale    0:01:10

10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma          0:01:49

Thibaut Pinot and Guillaume Martin will be vying to become the first French winner of the Dauphiné since Christophe Moreau claimed his second overall win in 2007. Moreau also won in 2001. The other French winners in the last 30 years were the late Armand De Las Cuevas (1998) and Charly Mottet, who took the third of his three wins in 1992, having previously won in 1987 and 1989.

The peloton is navigating the neutralised zone in Megève ahead of the start of the final stage of a 2020 Critérium Dauphiné that was shorter than normal but no less tumultuous. 

The eight climbs on the agenda today are:

 

km16.5 – Côte de Domancy (2.5km at 9.4%), Category 2

km46 – Col de Romme (8.8km at 8.9%), Hors categorie

km60 – Col de la Colombière (7.5km at 8.5%), Category 1

km85 – Col des Aravis (10.1km at 5.1%), Category 2

km98.5 – Côte de la Frassette (2km at 6.1%), Category 4

km129 – Côte de Domancy (2.5km at 9.4%), Category 2

km138 – Côte de Cordon (4.6km at 8.2%), Category 2

km153.5 – Montée de l’Altiport (9km at 4.6%), Category 2

-153.5km

The flag has dropped and stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné is formally underway. 

Richie Porte summed up the lie of the land concisely ahead of the final stage. "This race has been raced like five one-day races to be honest. It’s been absolutely horrific for everybody so there’s a lot of guys on their hands and knees. It’s going to be fireworks today now that Roglic is out, so whether there’s a team who can control the race, that’s another question." Porte knows all about fireworks on the final day of the Dauphine, losing the race to Jakob Fuglsang at this juncture in 2017. The Australian will hope to benefit from late chaos here. He lies 7th overall, 21 seconds down on Pinot.

Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo)

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Two other non-starters aside from Roglic to report this morning. Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) has withdrawn with a back injury, while Omar Fraile (Astana) also did not take the start in Megève.

Thibaut Pinot is the new race leader, though he does not, of course, wear the yellow and blue jersey today. This was the Frenchman reporting for duty at the sign-on this morning.

-144km

There have been no early attacks on this final stage, and the peloton is still together after almost 10km of racing. The Côte de Domancy will be the first climb of the day. The ascent was the centrepiece of the 1980 World Championships in Sallanches, reputed by many to be the toughest in history, given that riders had to scale the Domancy 20 times for almost 6,000m of total climbing. Only 15 riders finished a race dominated by Hinault, who dropped his last rival, Gibi Baronchelli, on the final time up the climb.

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The Tour de France visited the Côte de Domancy in 2016, in no small part to mark Hinault's final Tour in his role as ASO ambassador. The ascent featured on the 17km time trial from Sallanches to Meveve in the final week, a stage won by Chris Froome ahead of Tom Dumoulin.

The départ réel was delayed by three kilometres, incidentally, as a couple of riders had mechanical issues in the neutralised zone. 

-139km

Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation), Fabien Grellier (Total-Direct Energie) and Jan Bakelants (Circus-Wanty Gobert) have escaped the clutches of the peloton and they are climbing the Cote de Domancy with a small advantage.

Despite the absence of Primoz Roglic, Jumbo-Visma have not given up on this Dauphine. The team in yellow and black are setting the tempo in the peloton and the bunch is splitting up.

The Jumbo-Visma pace-making has seen the break hauled back and the peloton has splintered, leaving a rather select front group that includes Sepp Kuss, Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot.

-135km

Julian Alaphilippe leads Krists Neilands (Israel Start-Up Nation) over the top of the Cote de Domancy, at the head of a select group of a dozen or so riders. 

-133km

This front group has a lead of 55 seconds over the remainder of the peloton. There have been some contradictory reports about the composition of this group, but all accounts agree that Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) are here. It seems that Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) may also have made it across, though we await confirmation. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), who began the day in second overall, looks to be a notable absentee.

There are fifteen riders with a lead of 55 seconds over a peloton that is being led by Cofidis and Arkea-Samsic: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Jan Bakelants (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team), Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Ineos), Will Barta (CCC Team) and Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation).

Of the top 10 on GC, Guillaume Martin, Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte and Dani Martinez are the men missing from this very dangerous front group. Cofidis and Arkea-Samsic are doing the heavy lifting behind for the time being.

-129km

The fifteen leaders are barrelling along the valley towards the base of the hors categorie Col de Romme, which is a little over 10 kilometres away. They seem committed to this effort and they remain a little under a minute up on the bunch. 

Situation

Break:

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Jan Bakelants (Circus-Wanty Gobert), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team), Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Ineos), Will Barta (CCC Team) and Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Peloton at 0:55

-122km

The break's lead is gradually decreasing as they approach the Col de Romme. The gap is down to 35 seconds. 

Will Barta (CCC Team) has been distanced from this front group, but their buffer is down to a mere 20 seconds. The race may come back together - temporarily, no doubt - on the lower slopes of the Col de Romme, but we can surely expect more pyrotechnics. 

The CPA has released a statement saying that riders had wished to neutralise the downhill opening section of today's stage in protest at the dangers they faced on yesterday's stage. The race website reported that the real start was delayed due to two riders who had mechanical issues in the neutralised zone, though it's unclear at this juncture if that was part of a CPA protest. One imagines that ASO - they of the 'the show must go on' mindset - would be unlikely to acknowledge a rider protest in their own official feed. 

In any case, the CPA statement is as follows: "At this year's Criterium du Dauphiné, the riders, together with the CPA, have asked to neutralize the first 10 km of descent of the fifth stage of the French race, saying that it is too dangerous and mentioning what happened at yesterday's 4th stage. The riders want to send a clear signal of protest to both the organizers and to the UCI referring to the serious crashes and accidents that have occurred in the recent races, asking for greater attention to their safety.

"The CPA asks the UCI and all stakeholders of cycling to set up a round table to start the revision of the regulations to get a clear feedback in terms of prevention and sanctions towards the race organizers. The purpose of this is to protect the physical integrity of the riders and to allow them to carry out their work in greater safety."

-116km

Meanwhile, the race has hit the lower slopes of the hors categorie Col de Romme (8.8km at 8.9%), where the leaders have just 15 seconds over the peloton. 

Reports of Barta being distanced from the front group were premature. The American was briefly on the offensive on the lower slopes of the Col de Romme in the company of Tom Dumoulin. 

-111km

Dumoulin and Barta's brief move came just as the initial break was being caught by the peloton, and now Dumoulin is off the front again as part of a renewed break, with Sivakov, Bardet, Pogacar, Lutsenko, Alaphilippe, Kuss and David De la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates). 

This eight-man move has a lead of 30 seconds over the second group on the road, which includes race leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and second-placed Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

Situation

Break:

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Alexey Lutsensko (Astana), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) and Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

Chasers at 0:30:

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren)

Although that front group is full of dangermen, none of their number began the day within a minute of Pinot's overall lead. The best-placed rider of the eight leaders is Tadej Pogacar, who began the day 1:03 down on Pinot.

-107km

Julian Alaphilippe accelerates near the top of the Col de Romme and Alexey Lutsenko goes with him. Sivakov, Dumoulin, Kuss, Bardet, Pogacar and De La Cruz cross the summit 15 seconds or so behind the two leaders. The Pinot group - which includes Martin, Landa and Nairo Quintana - is at 45 seconds.

-100km

Correction, David de la Cruz was first to the top of the Col de Romme, before Alaphilippe and Lutsenko briefly escaped the rest of the break over the other side. The eight leaders are back together on the drop down the mountainside, but their lead over the Pinot-Martin-Landa-Quintana group is down to 20 seconds. 

Correction, David de la Cruz was first to the top of the Col de Romme, before Alaphilippe and Lutsenko briefly escaped the rest of the break over the other side. The eight leaders are back together on the drop down the mountainside, but their lead over the Pinot-Martin-Landa-Quintana group is down to 20 seconds.

Unfortunately, we still have a lengthy wait for live television pictures of today's stage so information is rather piecemeal at this early juncture. It suffices to say that we may be missing out on the bulk of the most exciting day on the revised calendar... 

-98km

The front group has reportedly expanded to 23 riders on the descent of the Col de Romme, with Pinot, Landa and Martin among those to make it across. Nairo Quintana, however, looks to be an absentee...

At the base of the Col de la Colombière, 23 riders had a lead of 40 seconds on the field:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Krists Neilands (Israel Start-Up Nation).

The category 1 Col de la Colombière is 7.5km at 8.5%. It is the third of eight climbs on today's stage. 

-95km

Pavel Sivakov (Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) have attacked at the head of the race. In keeping with so many Dauphine finales of recent years, this has been relentless fare. 

Situation

Break:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chasers at 0:15:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Krists Neilands (Israel Start-Up Nation).

 

Peloton at 0:40

-93km

Sivakov and Alaphilippe are approaching the top of the Col de la Colombière with a lead of 15 seconds over Pinot et al. From the summit, they drop to the intermediate sprint at Saint Jean de Sixt, and then face into the category 2 haul to the Col des Aravis.

-91km

Sivakov led Alaphilippe over the top of the Colombiere, while De La Cruz led the Pinot group past the same point 15 seconds later.

A reminder of the five climbs still left on the menu today, including the summit finish at Megeve:

km85 – Col des Aravis (10.1km at 5.1%), Category 2

km98.5 – Côte de la Frassette (2km at 6.1%), Category 4

km129 – Côte de Domancy (2.5km at 9.4%), Category 2

km138 – Côte de Cordon (4.6km at 8.2%), Category 2

km153.5 – Montée de l’Altiport (9km at 4.6%), Category 2

-89km

It has been another dramatic day at the Critérium du Dauphiné and we can expect more twists in the final 90km or so this afternoon. The day began with news that race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) had abandoned the race before the start due to the injuries he sustained in a crash on stage 4. Manager Richard Plugge has since stated that Roglic was withdrawn as a precaution. “I don’t think it’s going to disrupt Primoz’s Tour preparation, I certainly hope not,” Plugge said, though he was more cautious about Steven Kruijswijk's prospects of riding the Tour. "He had a dislocated shoulder and a lot of road rash. The shoulder is back in, but the road rash is really severe. Hopefully it will heal very fast. It’s premature to say anything more because we have to see how it goes tomorrow and the day after. These are the decisive days when it comes to seeing how he initially evolves from his wounds."

Primoz Roglic is checked by the race doctor

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Meanwhile, the CPA have confirmed that the peloton neutralised the opening descent on today's stage in protest at the condition of the descent of the Col de Plan Bois on Saturday. Funnily enough, ASO's official feed didn't see fit to mention the rider protest. 

-83km

Back in the race, Alaphilippe and Sivakov are stretching out their advantage on the descent off the Col de la Colombière. They now have 50 seconds in hand on the 21-man chasing group that includes Pinot, Martin and Landa. 

Sivakov began the day just over 3 minutes down on Pinot so the Ineos rider is not an imminent threat to his de facto race lead. Pinot is sitting in a group with the more immediate dangers - chiefly, Guillaume Martin, Mikel Landa, Daniel Martinez and Miguel Angel Lopez.

-78km

The situation is changing by the minute. Mikel Landa has lost contact with the Pinot group at the foot of the Col des Aravis. The Basque is reportedly suffering from cramps and it does not look at all promising for his prospects of a high overall finish.

At the intermediate sprint in Saint-Jean de Sixt, Sivakov and Alaphilippe had a lead of 1:10 over the Pinot group, which was led by Van Aert across the line.

-71km

Sivakov and Alaphilippe are maintaining their lead of 1:10 over the Pinot group on the Col des Aravis (10.1km at 5.1%). It appears, incidentally, that Nairo Quintana has fought his way into the Pinot group after missing out initially, but Mikel Landa is trailing further down the mountainside.

-66km

Break:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chasers at 1:10:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

Chasers at 3:55:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren).

Mikel Landa's GC challenge has ground to a halt on the Aravis, where he is almost 4 minutes down on the leaders. Hugh Carthy and Krists Neilands have also been distanced by the Pinot group. We have had contradictory reports on Nairo Quintana's whereabouts, but the official feed does not place him in the Pinot group. We should have clearer information once live television pictures are available.

Alaphilippe led Sivakov over the Aravis, and the leading duo are descending towards La Giettaz before they climb again with the category 4 Côte de la Frassette (2km at 6.1%).

There are four climbs remaining this afternoon:

km98.5 – Côte de la Frassette (2km at 6.1%), Category 4

km129 – Côte de Domancy (2.5km at 9.4%), Category 2

km138 – Côte de Cordon (4.6km at 8.2%), Category 2

km153.5 – Montée de l’Altiport (9km at 4.6%), Category 2

David de la Cruz led the Pinot group over the Col des Aravis, which guarantees him the king of the mountains title at the Dauphine.

-58km

Alaphilippe and Sivakov have extended their lead to 1:30 over the Pinot group as they tackle the Côte de la Frassette.

The seemingly indefatigable Wout van Aert sets the tempo in the Pinot group. Jumbo-Visma also have Sepp Kuss and Tom Dumoulin in this group, which is 1:30 down on Sivakov and Alaphilippe.

-50km

Break:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chasers at 1:30

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

 

Chasers at 4:55:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren).

Sebastien Reichenbach joins Van Aert on the front of the Pinot group. Live television pictures confirm that Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte are both in the Landa group, some 5 minutes off the front.

Break:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chasers at 1:30:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

 

Chasers at 5:00:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)

-46km

Sivakov and Alaphilippe are over the Frassette and pedalling towards the day's final three climbs. The Cote de Domancy comes with 24.5km to go, followed by the Cote de Cordon and then the final haul to Megève.

The details are as follows:

km129 – Côte de Domancy (2.5km at 9.4%), Category 2

km138 – Côte de Cordon (4.6km at 8.2%), Category 2

km153.5 – Montée de l’Altiport (9km at 4.6%), Category 2

-43km

Reichenbach and Van Aert's pace-making in the Pinot group is making inroads into Sivakov and Alaphilippe's gap, which now stands at 1:06.

Alaphilippe struggled on the climbs in the early days of this Dauphine but he is pedalling very smoothly here in the company of Sivakov. It remains to be seen whether the Frenchman can repeat his remarkable GC feats of a year ago (he has been downplaying the prospect since last July), but on the evidence of today and Milan-San Remo, Alaphilippe will undoubtedly be an aggressive presence in September.

-39km

This has been relentless fare, and Van Aert is piling on the pressure on this plateau that precedes the drop towards the base of the Cote de Domancy. We can surely expect the Pinot-Martin group to ignite all over again once the road starts to climb again. 

Pinot essentially has three riders to watch in this group - Martin is 10 seconds behind him on GC, Martinez is 12 seconds behind and Lopez is at 18 seconds. The next closest man on the virtual GC in this group is Pogacar, who started the day 1:03 behind Pinot.

-35km

Break:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chasers at 0:54:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

 

Chasers at 5:00:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo).

Tom Dumoulin began this Dauphine as the very much the third man of Jumbo-Visma's leadership triumvirate, but he finds himself the last man standing after the abandons of Roglic and Kruijswijk. It remains to be seen how well those men recover ahead of the Tour, but this finale is an interesting test of Dumoulin's ability to last the pace after spending more than a year of the sidelines due to injury, illness and the COVID-19-enforced interruption to the season. Dumoulin isn't a GC threat here, but it's not yet clear if he or Sepp Kuss will be Jumbo-Visma's anointed man to chase the stage win at Megeve. Van Aert, in any case, is the man designated to work on their behalf before the climbing starts again.

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-31km

Pavel Sivakov has crashed out of the break after his wheels slip from under him as he followed Alaphilippe on a sweeping bend. The Russian comes down heavily but he gets back on his bike almost immediately. His jersey and shorts are torn and he is cut and bruised, but he is continuing in the race and is trying to chase back up to Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe is alone in front, 16 seconds clear of the bloodied Sivakov, while Van Aert leads the Pinot group, 54 seconds down. The Landa group is 5:20 behind.

-27km

Break:

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

 

Chaser at 0:15:

Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)

 

Chasers at 0:48:

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Enric Mas (Movistar), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis).

 

Chasers at 5:20:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)

Alaphilippe looks to be minded to wait for Sivakov, who is still pedalling strongly despite his crash.

Sivakov rejoins Alaphilippe at the front of the race just ahead of the Cote de Domancy. Meanwhile, Van Aert has sat up from the chasing group, and he waves to the camera as he signs off from his day's work.

-26km

Tadej Pogacar attacks at the foot of the Cote de Domancy and he is joined immediately by Miguel Angel Lopez. Danger here for Pinot...

Up front, meanwhile, Sivakov can't quite make it up to Alaphilippe's rear wheel. The Russian is trailing Alaphilippe by 10 metres or so on the Cote de Domancy.

Pogacar and Lopez have opened a decent gap over the Pinot group, and the Frenchman is now riding on the front of the group after lost his teammate Sebastien Reichenbach.

Miguel Angel Lopez is the virtual race leader as he and Pogacar have opened a gap of 20 seconds over the Pinot group... Sepp Kuss and Dani Martinez have also attacked from the Pinot group and set off in pursuit of Pogacar and Lopez.

Romain Bardet is the next man to attack and Thibaut Pinot looks to be in difficulty on the Cote de Domancy. He sits heavily into his saddle as the group splinters around him. Guillaume Martin is also struggling here...

Sivakov has rejoined Alaphilippe at the front, and they have 10 seconds on Pogacar, Lopez and the flying Dani Martinez, who has bridged across to the chasers. They are 36 seconds up on Pinot, Dumoulin, Bardet and Guillaume Martin.

Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) is now the virtual race leader, but the situation is in constant flux on the ascent of the Cote de Domancy...

-23km

Pogacar accelerates over the top of the Domancy, and he sweeps across to Sivakov and Alaphilippe. This trio are in front on the descent, with Lopez and Martinez at 10 seconds. The Pinot group is at 40 seconds.

Situation

Break:

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

 

Chasers at 0:40:

 

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

 

Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) has abandoned the Criterium du Dauphine. The Colombian was more than five minutes down the road in a group with Mikel Landa and Richie Porte.

-20km

And then there were six. Sepp Kuss has made it across to the leaders ahead of the Côte de Cordon (4.6km at 8.2%). This sextet has 1:20 on the Pinot group

Pavel Sivakov attacks at the foot of the Côte de Cordon and Pogacar immediately goes after him. The Russian-Slovenian tandem soon desists, however, and the group reforms, with Martinez setting tempo on the front.

-19km

Break:

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)

Chasers at 1:10:

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Peloton at 7:31:

Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren)

 

 

As things stand, Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) is overall leader, 6 seconds ahead of Lopez. Pogacar is on the cusp of moving onto the virtual podium, given that this move is 1:05 up on the Pinot group...

-18km

Sepp Kuss accelerates viciously and splinters the front group with 2.5km of the Côte de Cordon to go. Pogacar is giving chase, but this might be the acceleration that breaks the group up definitively...

Kuss leads, with Pogacar closing in on him, but Sivakov and Martinez aren't far behind either. Alaphilippe and Lopez are losing ground, however, which is good news for Dani Martinez's hopes of overall victory...

-17.5km

Pogacar joins Kuss at the front of the race. Sivakov and Martinez are about to make it a leading quartet... Martinez is 22 seconds up on Lopez in the virtual GC...

-17km

Pogacar, Sivakov, Martinez and Kuss are at the head of the race, 44 seconds ahead of the dropped Alaphilippe, with Lopez somewhere in between. The Pinot group is at 1:30 and seemingly out of the hunt for final overall victory.

Daniel Martinez knows that every pedal stroke is bringing him closer to overall victory. The Colombian comes to the front and sets the tempo with Kuss, Sivakov and Pogacar on his wheel. He has 30 seconds on Miguel Angel Lopez and 1:23 on the Pinot group. His chief rival for the yellow jersey could be Pogacar by the time they reach the final climb. It's been that kind of day...

-15.5km

Fine effort from Miguel Angel Lopez, who somehow drags himself back to within touching distance of the leaders near the top of the Cote de Cordon, but the Colombian looks the weakest of this quintet.

Break:

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 

Chasers at 1:15:

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Romain Bardet (AG2R), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma).

-14km

Miguel Angel Lopez was dangling off the back of the front group over the top of the Cote de Cordon, but then catches back up on the descent and immediately takes a flyer. Daniel Martinez comes to the front and brings Pogacar, Sivakov and Kuss back up to him. 

The virtual overall standings before the final climb to Megeve:

1 Daniel Martinez

2 Miguel Angel Lopez 00:00:06

3 Tadej Pogacar 00:00:51

4 Thibaut Pinot 00:01:13

5 Guillaume Martin 00:01:23

-12km

There is one climb left in this Criterium du Dauphine, the category 2 haul to the finish at Megeve - the Montée de l’Altiport is 9km at an average of 4.6%.

Situation

Break:

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)

 

 Chasers at 1:05:

 

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Marc Hirschi (Sunweb)

-11km

The Pinot group is beginning to claw its way back up towards the five leaders. The gap is down to 52 seconds, but is that because of their strength of their pursuit, or the current game of cat and mouse in the front group.

Julian Alaphilippe puts in a big, big turn at the head of the Pinot group and then swings over, exhausted. Their alliance from Saint-Etienne on the 2019 Tour seems to be alive and well...  Pinot now takes over and sets the pace in the chasing group, and the gap is falling quickly...

-10km

Pinot looks a lot smoother now than he did on the Cote de Domancy, while the front group has slowed dramatically... Pinot is drawing ever closer to Martinez et al. 36 seconds is the gap...

There's a brief injection of pace in the front group, which is 38 seconds up on the Pinot group. Pinot is doing the bulk of the pace-making, though he's had some help from Warren Barguil. Guillaume Martin sits on for the time being...

-9km

Break:

Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)

Chasers at 0:33:

 Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Sepp Kuss attacks at the base of the final climb of the Montée de l’Altiport. The American was responding to a dig from Sivakov, and he opens a decent gap over his erstwhile companions.

-8km

Back in the chasing group, meanwhile, Pinot accelerates at the same point, and he has opened a gap over Martin, Dumoulin et al. He is trying to bridge across alone to Dani Martinez, the virtual race leader.

-7km

Kuss has 12 seconds on Martinez, Pogacar, Lopez and Sivakov. Pinot is at 51 seconds, and the Frenchman looks to have opened a decisive gap over Guillaume Martin

Lopez is dropped from the Dani Martinez group. The battle for Dauphine victory looks to be a fight between Martinez and the desperately chasing Pinot, who is about to be joined by an impressive Tom Dumoulin.

-6km

Kuss leads Pogacar, Lopez and Sivakov by 15 seconds. Pinot has been caught by Dumoulin, Bardet, Martin and Barguil. This group is 48 seconds down on Kuss.

In the virtual GC, Martinez is 21 seconds up on Pinot and 31 seconds ahead of Lopez, who is dangling just ahead of the Pinot group out on the road.

-5km

Sepp Kuss looks destined to claim the stage win. The American is 29 seconds up on Pogacar, Martinez and Sivakov. Pinot is with Bardet, Dumoulin, Martin, Barguil and Lopez, 55 seconds down on Kuss.

-4.5km

Kuss' advantage is out to 35 seconds over Martinez, Pogacar and Sivakov, and 1:07 over the Pinot-Martin-Lopez group.

-4km

Barring a late collapse, Kuss looks assured of the stage win. The GC, meanwhile, still hangs in the balance, though Dani Martinez is just 4km away from the biggest win of his career. He has 17 seconds on Pinot in the virtual GC...

Kuss has 39 seconds on Martinez, Pogacar and Sivakov, and 1:16 on Pinot, Martin, Lopez, Dumoulin, Bardet and Barguil.

-3km

Lennard Kamna catches the Pinot group and then accelerates past them. The German, of course, won on this very climb yesterday...

All the while, Martinez is maintaining his advantage over Pinot as he rides in the company of Pogacar and Sivakov. The Colombian looks set to claim overall victory, but this race has the capacity to throw up late surprises, not least with time bonuses on offer at the finish...

-2.5km

Tom Dumoulin is the next to attack from the Pinot group, and the Dutchman is bridging across to Kamna. Pinot, Martin, Bardet and Barguil can't match his pace...

-2km

Pogacar betrays signs of suffering in the chasing group, where Martinez piles on the pressure with Sivakov on his wheel. 

Pinot makes a desperate acceleration, and he makes inroads into his deficit on Martinez. The gap in virtual GC is down to 12 seconds, but can he keep chipping away at Martinez's advantage?

-1km

Into the final kilometre for Sepp Kuss, who is cruising to stage victory, but all the drama is behind, where Pinot is closing in on Martinez - but maybe not quite quickly enough...

Martinez leads the chasers into the final kilometre. The Colombian knows one big push can seal overall victory...

It doesn't look as though Pinot is going to close the gap to Martinez, who looks set to claim overall victory at the Criterium du Duphine...

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) takes second place at 28 seconds ahead of Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). 

Pavel Sivakov is fourth. Dumoulin is 5th at 50 seconds. Thibaut Pinot comes in at 1:05.

Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) wins the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Pinot should take second on GC, while Guillaume Martin looks to have taken third overall, though we await confirmation.

Result

1          Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma         3:58:39

2          Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling`        0:00:27

3          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE-Team Emirates    0:00:30

4          Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team INEOS               0:00:45

5          Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  0:00:51

6          Lennard Kämna (Ger) BORA - Hansgrohe   

7          Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama - FDJ            0:01:02

8          Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits   0:01:04

9          Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                 0:01:06

10        Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkéa Samsic              

General classification

1          Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling          21:44:58

2          Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama - FDJ             0:00:29

3          Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits    0:00:41

4          Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE-Team Emirates     0:00:56

5          Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:38

6          Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale                  0:01:43

7          Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma   0:02:07

8          Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora - Hansgrohe       0:02:14

9          Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkéa Samsic    0:02:49

10        Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma          0:02:55

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This is the fourth time a Colombian rider has won the Criterium du Dauphine. Luis Herrera won in 1988 and 1991, while Martin Ramirez claimed a watershed victory when he beat Bernard Hinault to the title in 1984. 

MEGEVE FRANCE AUGUST 16 Sepp Kuss of The United States and Team Jumbo Visma Breakaway during the 72nd Criterium du Dauphine 2020 Stage 5 a 1535km stage from Megeve to Megeve 1458m dauphine Dauphin on August 16 2020 in Megeve France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Tom Dumoulin finished the Dauphine strongly, though he told NOS that he didn't have the legs to contest the stage win in the finale: "I've had so many tough days in a row. I'm really completely finished, I think everyone is. You won't see this even in the Tour, all these mountain stages in a row. I was in the right place, but I didn't have enough to make a difference. I got through those last 15km, but Sepp is a great man to finish it off."

Dumoulin moved up to 7th overall on a final day that began with bad news for Jumbo-Visma due to the abandon of race leader Primoz Roglic. They had already lost Steven Kruijswijk to a crash on Saturday, and both men will battle to recover in time for the Tour de France, which is just 13 days away. 

“I suffered really hard for eight days, really,” Dumoulin said of his stints at the Tour de l'Ain and the Dauphine. “It has been very tough. Now I am going to rest and hopefully it has brought me a step closer to top form. I will now stay here in the mountains for another week, for the altitude and the rest. And then I'll go to Nice a few days before the Tour." 

Sepp Kuss and Tom Dumoulin went on the attack

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Sepp Kuss reacts to his stage win: "After yesterday it was a bit strange waking up in the morning. We were all shocked. It also gave us the opportunity to race aggressively. It’s been one of the hardest day I ever had on the bike. It was full on from the start. I saw everyone was really tired and I could take advantage that I was lower on GC. It’s a very nice day. I trained harder than ever and I’m having so much fun on the bike right now. Now we can focus on the Tour de France with a confidence boost.”

And Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) on the biggest win of his career: "This morning they told me Roglic wouldn’t start, so I knew the race would be hectic from the beginning. My team worked very well for me in the first part and I was able to save strength for the finale and go for the win. I was at the limit but I was determined to make it to the finish. It’s one of the biggest race in the world and to be able to win this, coming from Colombia, makes me very happy.”

Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) has revealed that he withdrew from the Dauphine on the final stage due to pain in the same knee he injured in his training crash in early July. "My legs were good, but I felt a pain in the knee that I injured when I was hit by a car while training at the start of July," Quintana said, according to his team. "I preferred to pull out on this stage with a view to the Tour de France."

CHARTREUSE FRANCE AUGUST 13 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas of Colombia and Team Arkea Samsic Feed Zone during the 72nd Criterium du Dauphine 2020 Stage 2 a 135km stage from Vienne to Col de PorteChartreuse 1316m dauphine Dauphin on August 13 2020 in Chartreuse France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas both came home more than 33 minutes down on stage winner Sepp Kuss. Froome finished 71st on GC, 1:26:14 down on Daniel Martinez. Thomas placed 37th overall at 53:38.

Mikel Landa's disastrous final day saw him drop from a potential Dauphine winner to 18th at 18:58. Richie Porte slid to 15th at 12:04.

Thanks for joining our live coverage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. A full report, results and pictures are available here, while you can read more on Nairo Quintana's abandon here and Primoz Roglic's withdrawal here.

MEGEVE FRANCE AUGUST 16 Arrival Sepp Kuss of The United States and Team Jumbo Visma Celebration during the 72nd Criterium du Dauphine 2020 Stage 5 a 1535km stage from Megeve to Megeve 1458m dauphine Dauphin on August 16 2020 in Megeve France Photo by AnneChristine PoujoulatPool via Getty Images

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