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Stage 5 profile Criterium du Dauphine

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The peloton is currently navigating the neutralised zone ahead and the race is due to hit kilometre zero at 12.50 local time.

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) leads the Dauphine by 53 seconds from Mattia Cattaneo (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) after yesterday's time trial, with his teammates Primoz Roglic (third at 53 seconds) and Jonas Vingegaard (fourth at 1:26) just behind. The full results are available here:


Primoz Roglič was the best placed of the overall contenders in Wednesday's time trial, but the Slovenian could only manage fifth on the day, some 42 seconds down on his teammate Van Aert. He knows that improvement will be needed against the watch come the Tour de France.  "It's going OK. Definitely I'm not at my best, but I need these kind of things to improve," Roglič said. "I would say mentally [I'm] good, definitely. I'm pleased with my performance, I really pushed myself and I'm happy about that," he said. Read more here.


Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Dries Van Gestel (TotalEnergies) briefly opened a gap over the bunch, but they have been brought to heel. The pace remains high, though the peloton is still just about intact.



Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels-KTM) made a vain attempt to forge across, but his effort is snuffed out by the bunch. Cavagna and Vuillermoz, meanwhile, are just 8 seconds clear of a peloton that seems reluctant to allow them their freedom.


On the Col des Ecorbans, the selection is coming from the rear of the bunch rather than the front for the time being, with several riders beginning to lose contact at the back.


And over the other side, something like the early break looks to be taking shape. An attack from Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies) is tracked immediately by the vigilant Bakelants and Sebastian Schönberger (B&B Hotels-KTM).

This trio quickly builds a lead of 45 seconds over the peloton, from which Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) is hurriedly emerging. The Frenchman doesn't want to miss out on the move of the day.


Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) has bridged up to Pierre Rolland to provide some reinforcements, and this duo continues to chase the three leaders.



The escapees covered a scorching 46.2km in the opening hour of racing, and there will be plenty in the peloton eager for a little detente in the second hour of the race at least. 



Enric Mas (Movistar), who began the day in 13th place overall, has crashed. The Spaniard has remounted and is chasing the peloton, but he reportedly is nursing a shoulder injury as he does so.

Out in front, meanwhile, Pierre Rolland feels his work for the day is done after he hoovered up the points on the Cote de Dun. The Frenchman sits up and waits for the peloton, leaving four riders at the head of the race.


BikeExchange-Jayco have joined Jumbo-Visma in setting the pace at the head of the peloton, mindful that today's finale presents an opportunity for Dylan Groenewegen. Meanwhile, Enric Mas has rejoined the peloton after his earlier crash.


The great Julio Jiménez was killed in a car accident earlier this week at the age of 87. The Spaniard was one of the finest climbers in cycling history and one of the most compelling characters the sport has ever known. Alasdair Fotheringham interviewed Jiménez regularly over the years and wrote the definitive profile of the 'The watchmaker of Ávila' for Cycle Sport back in 1998. His obituary of Federico Bahamontes' friend and rival - "arch-frenemy," as Alasdair puts it - is essential reading for anybody with a feel for cycling history and the soul of the sport. Read the full piece here



Jumbo-Visma and BikeExchange-Jayco continue to dictate the terms in the peloton, 1:30 down on the four remaining escapees. The pace is beginning to edge upwards again and the bunch lines out accordingly.


Delegations from Ineos and Bahrain Victorious are posted towards the head of the peloton, tucked in just behind Jumbo-Visma and BikeExchange-Jayco. The late climbs shouldn't suffice to break up the bunch, but vigilance is the order of the day nonetheless.

The summit of the category 4 Col du Bois Clair (2.8km at 3.7%) comes with 24km to go, while the race crests the summit of the category 4 Côte de Vergisson (1.7km at 4.8%) with 12.7km remaining.




The pace has abated slightly in the peloton as the race enters the final 50km, and the break's lead has edged out again towards two minutes.

The escapees are negotiating some twisting roads around Poizolle, and they are making some gains on the peloton in this sinuous section of the course, despite BikeExchange-Jayco's forcing behind.







Bakelants et al are being chugged along by a tailwind as they ride towards the base of the penultimate climb of the Col du Bois Clair, still with a lead of two minutes.


Filippo Ganna takes over in the peloton on the climb and BikeExchange-Jayco have receded from the picture. Their task now is to nurse Groenewegen up the ascent in the peloton.

Ganna's turn immediately slices 15 seconds off the lead of the break, which now stands at 1:44. Some of the men who were working on behalf of Groenewegen and Van Aert are now beginning to drop out the back of the bunch, though the sprinters are still in there for now.


Filippo Ganna has led the bunch all the way up this climb. The Italian's efforts have pared the break's lead down to more manageable dimensions but he hasn't managed to distance Groenewegen. There is, of course, another climb for Groenewegen to survive before he can think about a sprint.


QuickStep-AlphaVinyl have joined Ineos in pace-making after the descent off the Bois Clair, and the break's lead is down to 1:13.


Wout van Aert, incidentally, has been perched towards the head of the bunch all the way through this finale. 

Groenewegen is towards the rear of the bunch with some BikeExchange teammates for company. He is hanging tough for now, but he risks being shaken loose in the event of a split.




Jumbo-Visma and Ineos find common cause on the climb as Steven Kruijswijk hits the front of the peloton. Both Hayter and Van Aert will hope to rid themselves of some rivals here.

Something had to give... Groenewegen has lost contact at the rear of the bunch but the top of the climb isn't far away and the gap isn't - yet - insurmountable.


The road continues to climb after the KOM banner and that won't help Groenewegen's hopes of clambering back on over the other side. 










Michal Kwiatkowski puts in a desperate attempt to breathe life into the chase. He may need help from Primoz Roglic himself to pin back the four leaders...


Doubey comes through and drifts across the road... This lull might doom the escapees...

Benjamin Thomas launches his sprint from distance while Jumbo-Visma lead things out from behind...

Wout van Aert has to launch his sprint early, but the break is about to be overhauled..

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) was closing fast but he had to settle for second place. Ethan Hayter (Ineos) took third on the day.

Van Aert, of course, retains his yellow jersey, but that sprint was a bit too close for comfort in every sense. The escapees were so close to pulling off a heist that they were able to start to sprint for the win, while Meeus almost - almost - pipped him at the death.

CHAINTRE FRANCE JUNE 09 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey celebrates winning during the 74th Criterium du Dauphine 2022 Stage 5 a 1623km stage from ThizylesBourgs to Chaintr WorldTour Dauphin on June 09 2022 in Chaintre France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert on his victory: "It was a nervous final. In the beginning it looked like it was finally going to be the first controlled stage. I thought we had the breakaway in check but then they started to speed up and we started to lose ground. In the final kilometres, I was stressed that it was too short to catch them but in the end I think I passed them a few metres before the line and I could win.

Today's results are available here

A full report, results and pictures from today's stage is available here.

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