Daniel Martinez wins Critérium du Dauphiné

Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) claimed the biggest win of his budding career when he finished second to Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) on the final stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné at Megève Altiport. The 24-year-old Colombian finished 29 seconds clear on GC of Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who had started the day as race leader following the abandon of Jumbo's Primož Roglič, with Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) 41 seconds back in third.

The topsy-turvy stage enhanced the Dauphiné's reputation for producing thrilling action over its final weekend. After a deliberately slow start by the riders to protest their displeasure with the poor condition of yesterday's descent from the Col de Plan Bois, four hours of relentless attacks and counters began with an offensive by an 11-man group containing Pinot and several other GC contenders on the Côte de Domancy, the first of eight climbs.

When the race returned to the slopes of that famous hill that was the main difficulty on the circuit where Bernard Hinault won the world title in 1980, Pinot lost ground on his rivals, and Martínez became the leader on the road. Although the Colombian's advantage fluctuated and he came under pressure from compatriot Miguel Angel López (Astana) and, late on, from a resurgent Pinot, he controlled the situation perfectly, judging his effort particularly well on the final climb.

"When they told me this morning that Roglič wasn't starting, I knew that the race would be frantic from the start. When Pinot and Landa went clear, the team worked for me and I kept myself as fresh as possible in the hope that I could win the race," said the Colombian.

"My DS was giving me the time gaps on Pinot on the final climb. I was right at my limit but completely determined right to the end. This is one of the most important races in the world, some famous Colombians have won it and to join them makes me very happy. The Tour is also one of my objectives but I'm staying calm and keeping my feet on the ground."

Freed of the responsibility of protecting Jumbo leader Roglič, Kuss seized the chance to confirm the impression that he has been one of the strongest climbers at the Dauphiné. The 25-year-old American reached the climb up to the Altiport as part of a five-man group of precocious talents that also included Colombian duo Martínez and López, plus Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) and Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates).

As soon as the quintet reached the steepest ramps, López slipped back while Kuss accelerated off the front, his stage win never looking in doubt over the 8km climb up to the line.

"After yesterday it was strange waking up in the morning, we were all a bit shocked," said Kuss. "It was weird day with all of the crashes. But it gave us the opportunity to race aggressively. It was one of the hardest days I've ever had on the bike. It was full on from the start, everyone was really tired and I thought I could take advantage of that and also take advantage of being lower down on GC.

"I love being a helper but I also want to win races. This is a nice confirmation after my Vuelta win. It's nice winning from a break like I did at the Vuelta, but on a stage like today I had to go head to head with the best riders," said Kuss. "It's a morale boost going into the Tour, it gives you a sense of calm too."

How it unfolded

Roglič's pre-stage abandon left everyone wondering who would control the stage with Jumbo, the race's dominant team, no longer having a rider in contention for the title. The answer was quickly revealed: nobody would. A stage of frantic attacking began with that first ascent of the Domancy, Pinot among the escapees, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Sivakov and Pogacar also prominent.

On the first-catgory ascent of the Col de la Colombière, the stage's third climb, Sivakov went clear and was joined by Alaphilippe, the pair gaining a lead of close to two minutes. Behind, the sorting of the GC contenders was already well under way. Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren) slipped out of the picture.

Descending from the stage's fifth climb, the fourth-cat Côte de la Frassette, Sivakov lost control of his bike and slid to the ground. Despite significant grazing down his left side, the Russian was quickly back in the saddle and managed to regain contact with Alaphilippe going onto the Domancy for the second time.

The GC favourites were now within a minute of the pair, though, and closed in further when Pogacar attacked at the foot of the Domancy. López joined him immediately. Kuss and Martínez then bridged across to them, with Pinot unable to respond. These four then swept across to Sivakov and Alaphilippe ahead of the penultimate climb of the Côte de Cordon, where their advantage of Pinot's group reached 1-20.

Alaphilippe couldn't stay with the pace here and fell back to the Pinot group, where he pulled hard on the front for his compatriot before dropping away for good, leaving his compatriot in a pursuit match with Martínez and López over the final dozen kilometres. As the five leaders played cat and mouse, Pinot's group closed to within 30 seconds.

Heading towards the final climb, López, just six seconds behind Martínez on GC, took a flyer, but was quickly reeled in and then dropped as the ascent began. Freed of his closest rival, Martínz's task was now tactically simple: ride as hard as he could and maintain his advantage on Pinot. He didn't try to chase Kuss when the American attacked, but kept working with Sivakov and Pogacar, until the final kilometre where he first dropped the Russia and then outsprinted the Slovene. The title was his.

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Stage
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 3:58:39
2Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:27
3Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:30
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 0:00:45
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:51
6Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:02
8Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:04
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:01:06
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
11Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:52
12Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:53
13Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:56
14Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 0:04:19
15Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:21
16Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:07:42
17Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:10:20
18Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos
19Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:10:41
20Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:12:11
21Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:12:15
22Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:12:16
23Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb
24Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis
25William Barta (USA) CCC Team
26Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
27Victor de la Parte (Spa) CCC Team
28Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
29Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
30Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo
31Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
32Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie
33Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar Team
34Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:13:49
35Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
36Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:14:28
37Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:15:17
38Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
39Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos 0:16:12
40James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep
41Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:16:16
42Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:16:48
43Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep
44Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
45David De la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
46Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:18:30
47Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:19:19
48Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain McLaren
49Fausto Masnada (Ita) CCC Team
50Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren
51Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling
52Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
53Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:20:17
54Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
55Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:24:32
56Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren
57Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) CCC Team 0:25:41
58Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:26:10
59Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis
60José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:30:57
61Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal
62Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling
63Thomas Degand (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
64Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:31:00
65Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro Cycling 0:31:07
66Fabien Doubey (Fra) Circus-Wanty Gobert 0:33:38
67Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb
68Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation
69Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis
70Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
71Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team Sunweb
72Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
73Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
74Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
75Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
76Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team
77Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott
78Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling
79Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
80Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team
81Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
82Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling
83Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott
84Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren
85Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
86Jan Bakelants (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
87Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
88Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain McLaren
89Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
90Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis
91Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
92Chris Froome (GBr) Team Ineos
93Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling
94Ben O'Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
95Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
96Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
97Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation
98Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
99Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep
100Pieter Weening (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
101Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
102Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
103Arnaud Courteille (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
104Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
105Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:33:48
106Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Pro Cycling
DNSOmar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team
DNFDaniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Ineos
DNSPrimoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-Visma
HDTony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma
DNSBenoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
HDAlexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
DNFMarc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
DNFDamien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
DNFNicholas Schultz (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
DNFNairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFWinner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFMaxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFDayer Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Team Arkea-Samsic
HDClément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFRoman Kreuziger (Cze) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFMichael Gogl (Aut) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFMichael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling
DNFPierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFRemy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFRein Taaramäe (Est) Total Direct Energie
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
HDGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie
DNFLukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
HDAlexander Evans (Aus) Circus-Wanty Gobert
DNFXandro Meurisse (Bel) Circus-Wanty Gobert
HDMaxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
HDSebastian Schönberger (Aut) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
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Sprint 1 - D909 Saint Jean De Sixt km. 63.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 10
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 6
3Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 4
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Sprint 2 - Megève km. 142.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 15
2Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 12
3Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 10
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 8
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 6
6Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 5
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4
8Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 3
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 2
10Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 1
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Mountain 1 - Côte De Domancy km. 5.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 5
2Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation 3
3Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 2
4Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 1
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Mountain 2 - Col De Romme km. 35
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David De la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 15
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 12
3Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 10
4Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 8
5Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 6
6Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 5
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4
8Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation 3
9Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 2
10Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 1
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Mountain 3 - Col De La Colombière km. 49
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 10
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 8
3David De la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 6
4Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4
5Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 2
6Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 1
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Mountain 4 - Col Des Aravis km. 74
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 5
2Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 3
3David De la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 2
4Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 1
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Mountain 5 - Côte De La Frassette km. 87.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 1
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Mountain 6 - Côte De Domancy km. 118
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 5
2Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 3
3Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 2
4Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 1
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Mountain 7 - Côte De Cordon (941 M) km. 127
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 5
2Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 3
3Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 2
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 1
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Mountain 8 - Montée De L'Altiport km. 142.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 5
2Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 3
3Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 2
4Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 1
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 3:59:06
2Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:03
3Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 0:00:18
4Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:24
5Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 0:03:52
6Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:54
7Mark Donovan (GBr) Team Sunweb 0:11:49
8William Barta (USA) CCC Team
9Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:15:45
11Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 0:25:43
12Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:30:33
13Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:33:11
14Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale
15Ben O'Connor (Aus) NTT Pro Cycling
16Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
17Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep
18Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:33:21
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Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Jumbo-Visma 12:12:05
2Movistar Team 0:02:25
3Groupama-FDJ 0:04:52
4Astana Pro Team 0:08:21
5AG2R la Mondiale 0:11:03
6Team Ineos 0:11:09
7EF Pro Cycling 0:15:53
8Team Sunweb 0:16:43
9Cofidis 0:17:29
10UAE Team Emirates 0:19:40
11Trek-Segafredo 0:25:12
12CCC Team 0:27:43
13Deceuninck-Quick-Step 0:29:03
14Bahrain McLaren 0:41:49
15Mitchelton-Scott 0:53:00
16B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 1:01:49
17Lotto Soudal 1:03:44
18Israel Start-Up Nation 1:05:36
19Circus-Wanty Gobert 1:22:05
20NTT Pro Cycling 1:24:46
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Final general classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Pro Cycling 21:44:58
2Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:29
3Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:00:41
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:56
5Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:38
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:01:43
7Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:07
8Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:14
9Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:49
10Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:02:55
11Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team Ineos 0:03:10
12Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:59
13Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:04
14Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept 0:12:03
15Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:12:04
16Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:16:52
17Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:17:19
18Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:18:58
19Victor de la Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:20:56
20Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:22:33
21Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:26:51
22Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:28:17
23Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb 0:31:15
24Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:31:39
25David De la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:32:36
26Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:33:47
27Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:38:24
28Fausto Masnada (Ita) CCC Team 0:39:10
29Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLaren 0:43:46
30Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:45:38
31Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:45:43
32Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:47:08
33Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLaren 0:48:28
34Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis 0:49:53
35Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:50:11
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale 0:52:05
37Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:53:38
38Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:54:38
39Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb 0:55:48
40Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling 0:56:01
41Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:58:08
42Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:58:36
43Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos 0:58:40
44Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis 0:58:59
45Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos 0:59:55
46Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling 1:01:19
47Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 1:01:50
48Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team 1:02:12
49Louis Meintjes (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling 1:02:33
50Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal