Critérium du Dauphiné: Mark Padun wins stage 7 atop La Plagne as Richie Porte takes lead

Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) prevailed on the queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné atop the summit finish of La Plagne, jumping away eight kilometres from the top before soloing to the line.

The Ukrainian dropped Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) along the way to seal victory, but further back the GC fireworks were set off as Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) took second place and moved into the leader's yellow jersey.

36-year-old Porte was part of the same attack as Padun, accompanied by Movistar's Enric Mas as the pair rode the latter half of the climb between the peloton and the attackers.

Kuss dropped back after Padun's race-winning attack four kilometres from the line, while further back David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Ben O'Connor (AG2R Citroën) were among the attackers. 

Mas' teammate Miguel Ángel López made it across to the chase group, ending up alone with Porte heading into the final kilometre, but the Australian proved the stronger man even after riding on the front with Mas on his wheel earlier on. One last attack saw Porte take second and the race lead as Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) trailed in a minute behind Padun.

"It's incredible. An incredible moment for me," Padun said after the stage. "It's my first WorldTour victory in one of the hardest stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné. Also honestly the last six stages I felt so bad it was incredible.

"Every day I was thinking it was maybe impossible to finish the race. When I crossed the finish line I had the feeling that I'd wake up in my bed, but it's not a dream and thank Jesus for this fact!

"I never thought I would be riding in the top 10. I thought maybe I'd arrive in the first 20 guys When Richie Porte attacked I tried to close the gap because my leader Jack Haig was in the group.

"When I saw we were four in front with a small gap, I thought 'why not do something and maybe they'd show me on TV for my mother'. And then Sepp Kuss attacked and I just decided to go. For me it was really unexpected when he dropped and then I just went full gas and hoped nobody would catch me anymore.

"After the last year I was thinking that maybe cycling is not my sport. It's incredible. I want to thank Jesus and thank my team who believed in me and who didn't tell me stop and wait for Jack. They just let me go for the victory and I'm thankful for them for this."

Porte now lies 17 seconds up on Lutsenko and 29 seconds up on Thomas ahead of Sunday's final stage to the summit finish at Les Gets.

How it unfolded

Despite some expectations within the peloton that the stage might have a gentler start than previous days, the battle to get into the break raged for almost 70km. Eventually, Marco Haller (Bahrain Victorious), Alexis Renard (Israel Start-Up Nation), Martin Salmon (Team DSM) and B&B p/b KTM duo Pierre Rolland and Franck Bonnamour managed to break the elastic.

As these five went through the intermediate sprint and onto the first climb, the fourth-category Côte de Venthon, polka dot jersey Matt Holmes (Lotto Soudal) also managed to go clear from the peloton. The Briton was soon joined by Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) and Martijn Tusveld (Team DSM), then by Michael Valgren, Lawson Craddock (EF Education-Nippo), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), and UAE Team Emirates's pair Stef Cras and Mikkel Bjerg.

Climbing the HC-category Col du Pré, Renard and Salmon fell back, while Valgren, Craddock, Arcas, Cras, Elissonde and Tusveld bridged up to the three leaders. Following some strong pace-making by teammate Valgren, which resulted in King of the Mountains leader Holmes being dropped, Craddock took full advantage by leading over the summit, and did the same as the escapees crossed the second-category Cormet de Roselend a few kilometres later.

Back in the bunch, Movistar and Ineos were prominent at the front, with a clutch of Astana riders tucked in behind them protecting race leader Alexey Lutsenko. The peloton went over the Roselend 2-45 down on the break.

Heading down the tricky descent, Valgren and Brenner edged away from the break, which split into several parts. Coming into Bourg-Saint-Maurice, not far from the foot of the final climb, Arcas, Tusveld and Bjerg made it five up front, but Valgren soon pushed on again, this time on his own.

But any thoughts of victory that the Dane might have harboured soon evaporated. With Ineos driving at the front, the bunch reached the first slopes of the 17km climb to La Plagne just 1:40 in arrears.

Although Rolland and Elissonde bridged up to Valgren and boosted the break's pace in the process, their fate was inevitable. Valgren dropped back first. Then, as four Movistar riders upped the pace in the yellow jersey group, Elissonde and Rolland fist-bumped and were swallowed up, almost 11km remaining to the finish.

With Carlos Verona in the vanguard, Movistar kept the pace high. When Verona yielded with 9km left, stage six winner Alejandro Valverde took over. When the veteran eased off a few hundred metres later, Porte sensed an opportunity and jumped clear, and was quickly joined by Mas, Kuss and Padun.

The quartet had opened up a lead of a dozen seconds or so when Padun and Kuss went clear, Porte receiving no help from GC rival Mas in trying to close down the gap. Back in the yellow jersey group, Lutsenko was still looking comfortable as teammate Ion Izagirre set the pace.

With four kilometres to go, Padun attacked and dropped Kuss. Meanwhile, Movistar's Miguel Ángel López had also accelerated away from the yellow jersey group, which split to pieces. Izagirre was dropped, as O'Connor, Thomas, Gaudu and Lutsenko joined López.

This was a trigger for a series of attacks in this group. Gaudu had a dig, then O'Connor, as Thomas and Lutsenko fell back. These surges carried López, O'Connor and Gaudu up to Porte and Mas, the latter finally going to the front to set the pace for his Movistar teammate.

In the final kilometre, Mas and then O'Connor fell off the pace, as Porte and López caught and passed Kuss. No sooner had they done so, than Porte made a final acceleration that distanced López.

There was no catching Padun, though, the Ukrainian having plenty of time to celebrate a win that surprised him as much as it did those watching. For Porte there was considerable consolation in the yellow jersey and another shot at the Dauphiné title that's proved so elusive to the Australian in the past.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 4:35:07
2Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:34
3Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:43
4Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
5Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:47
6Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:52
7David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:56
8Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:59
10Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:01:00
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:04
12Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
13Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:10
14Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
15Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:13
16Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
17Damien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:01:39
18Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
19Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
20Felix Gall (Aut) Team DSM 0:02:08
21Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation 0:02:20
22Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:24
23Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:07
24Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:06:17
25Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious 0:07:21
26Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:07:52
27Jan Bakelants (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:09:01
28Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
29Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
31Fabio Aru (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
32Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:25
33Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:09:54
34Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:10:25
35Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM 0:10:42
36Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM
37Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Team BikeExchange
38Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
39Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:11:07
40Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:51
41Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 0:13:10
42Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers
43Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
44Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
45Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Israel Start-up Nation
46Lukasz Owsian (Pol) Team Arkea-Samsic
47Julien El Fares (Fra) EF Education-Nippo
48Eliot Lietaer (Bel) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:14:28
49Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Team DSM 0:15:34
50Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM
51Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
52Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
53Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 0:15:39
54Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:15:54
55Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Start-up Nation 0:16:20
56Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:16:44
57Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:17:16
58Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:17:28
59Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:17:36
60Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM 0:17:53
61Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:18:27
62Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
63Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
64Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
65Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
66Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
67Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal
68José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:01
69Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
70Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe
71Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:22:14
72Sebastian Schönberger (Aut) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:22:48
73Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
74Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
75Chris Froome (GBr) Israel Start-up Nation
76Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic
77Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
78Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
79Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
80Shane Archbold (NZl) Deceuninck-QuickStep
81Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
82Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo
83Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
84Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
85William Barta (USA) EF Education-Nippo
86Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
87Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
88Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious
89Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
90Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
91Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
92Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain Victorious 0:23:50
93Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:25:10
94Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:25:28
95Brent Bookwalter (USA) Team BikeExchange 0:26:26
96Tony Martin (Ger) Jumbo-Visma 0:27:15
97Nathan Haas (Aus) Cofidis 0:29:06
98Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos
99Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
100Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation 0:29:16
101Sébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:29:26
102Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
103Barnabás Peák (Hun) Team BikeExchange 0:29:42
104Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
105Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
106Jeremy Bellicaud (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
107Jasper De Plus (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
108Logan Owen (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:29:52
109Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
111Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
112Sander Armée (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
113Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
114Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
115Stijn Steels (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
116Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis 0:30:05
117Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 0:31:57
118Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal 0:32:33
119Carlos Barbero (Spa) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:32:35
120Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
121Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis
122Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
123Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo
124Martin Salmon (Ger) Team DSM 0:33:55
125Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:34:05
126Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:34:38
127Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis 0:37:54
128Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:38:18
129Hideto Nakane (Jpn) EF Education-Nippo 0:38:21
130Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:38:23
131Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNFLachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education-Nippo
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
DNFKevin Colleoni (Ita) Team BikeExchange
DNSAndrey Zeits (Kaz) Team BikeExchange
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Sprint 1 - Albertville km. 78.3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain Victorious 10
2Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 6
3Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 4
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 15
2Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 12
3Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 10
4Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 8
5Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 6
6Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 5
7David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4
8Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 3
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 2
10Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 1
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 4) Côte de Venthon km. 81.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 1
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Mountain 2 (HC) Col du Pré (1748M) km. 110.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo 15
2Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo 12
3Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM 10
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 8
5Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 6
6Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 5
7Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team 4
8Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain Victorious 3
9Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 2
10Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1
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Mountain 3 (Cat. 1) Cormet de Roselend km. 122.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo 5
2Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo 3
3Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM 2
4Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 1
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Mountain 4 (HC) Montée de la Plagne, km. 171.1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 15
2Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 12
3Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team 10
4Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 8
5Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 6
6Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 5
7David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 4
8Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 3
9Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 2
10Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech 1
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious 4:35:07
2David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:56
3Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:10
4Felix Gall (Aut) Team DSM 0:02:08
5Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:24
6Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:25
7Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:10:25
8Ilan Van Wilder (Bel) Team DSM 0:10:42
9Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates 0:11:07
10Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:13:10
11Jaakko Hänninen (Fin) AG2R Citroën Team
12Kevin Vermaerke (USA) Team DSM 0:15:34
13Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
14Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
15Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:15:54
16Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates 0:17:36
17Marco Brenner (Ger) Team DSM 0:17:53
18Michel Ries (Lux) Trek-Segafredo 0:18:27
19Harry Sweeny (Aus) Lotto Soudal
20Frederik Wandahl (Den) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:21:01
21Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:22:14
22Omer Goldstein (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:22:48
23Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates
24Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma
25William Barta (USA) EF Education-Nippo
26Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain Victorious
27Brent Van Moer (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:25:10
28Sean Bennett (USA) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:29:06
29Sébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:29:26
30Barnabás Peák (Hun) Team BikeExchange 0:29:42
31Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Team Qhubeka Assos
32Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
33Jeremy Bellicaud (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
34Jasper De Plus (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
35Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:29:52
36Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
37Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
38Martin Salmon (Ger) Team DSM 0:33:55
39Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:38:23
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team 13:48:04
2Ineos Grenadiers
3Bahrain Victorious 0:05:21
4Jumbo-Visma 0:09:42
5AG2R Citroën Team 0:12:24
6Groupama-FDJ 0:15:30
7Astana-Premier Tech 0:17:57
8Bora-Hansgrohe 0:18:12
9Team DSM 0:20:49
10Team Arkea-Samsic 0:24:50
11Israel Start-up Nation 0:29:07
12B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:29:47
13Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:33:25
14Trek-Segafredo 0:35:24
15Team BikeExchange 0:36:04
16UAE Team Emirates 0:36:42
17Cofidis 0:37:40
18EF Education-Nippo 0:42:16
19Lotto Soudal 0:48:23
20Team Qhubeka Assos 1:05:06
21Deceuninck-QuickStep 1:12:45
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