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The profile of stage 7 of the Criterium du Dauphine

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Bonjour and welcome to our live coverage of stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, the riders are lined up in the sun for the start of the stage.

It's going to a short but very hard stage and that is why most riders were warming up on the rollers.  

The riders roll out for 4km of neutralised riding. 

It's a big day for Wout van Aert and Jumbo-Visma.

Until now, we’ve had a Dauphine in which all six stages could feasibly have been won by Wout van Aert. He has taken two, and come agonisingly close to winning three more for Jumbo-Visma.

They're off! 

Click below to read the full story on Chris Froome's decision to abandon the race. 

Today's stage starts from Saint-Chaffrey and immediately scales the Col du Galibier. 

The early part of the stage is a gradual climb up the Col du Lautaret before the right turn onto to the steeper slopes of the Galibier.  

Riders from QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, EF Education-EasyPost, TotalEnergies, Trek-Segafredo and Groupama-FDJ are all active.

The cruelly placed intermediate sprint after just 5km also inspired attacks and hard racing. Ethan Hayter won it ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez and Toms Skujins who were looking to attack, not just core points. 

This is what the riders face very soon.

125km to go

Now Ineos Grenadiers send 2 riders up the road but Jumbo quickly follow them. 

Gruppo compatto. Nothing can get away for now, as riders and teams chase each other.

This shot from the race director's car by race radio Seb Piquet shows how the peloton is lined out.

We're seeing attacks for the stage and the GC, or kind of both. Even Wout van Aert is on the move! 

Van Aert is part of a group of some 29 riders, who have opened a 10-second gap.

As the Dauphine climbs in the mountains, riders are switching bikes and testing new equipment for the rapidly approaching Tour de France. 

As the riders prepare to wing right and not the steeper slopes of the Galibier, Pierre Rolland has gone clear alone. 

115km to go

Laurens De Plus (Ineos Grenadiers), Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) have joined Rolland. 

Meanwhile other riders are suffering out the back of the peloton. 

Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) goes again. The French veteran is keen to take the KOM points atop the Galibier.

These were the early attacks. 

A group of two riders and then some chasers has formed as the road climbs and the views down the valley emerge with every metre of road climbed. 

Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) lead by 20 seconds, there is a nine-rider chase group and then Ineos Grenadiers lead the bunch at 30 seconds.

110km to go

105km to go

They go over the top and start the long, long descent back to the valley road.

A fast near 20km descent takes them to Valloire, then the descent of the twisting col du Telegraaf, drops to the valley in Saint Martin de Maurienne. 

As we expected, Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) was first over the Galibier, scoring 15 points for his efforts. 

We can count six different groups as the riders dive down the descent, passing the monument to Marco Pantani, that recalls his solo attack in the rain over the Galibier from this side in 1998. 

Long descents always help the best descenders close gaps and so Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo), Andres Ardila (UAE Team Emirates) and Andrey Amador (Ineos Grenadiers) have joined Matteo Fabbro (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) at the head of the race. 

Luis Leon Sanchez (Bahrain Victorious), Gregor Muhlberger, Carlos Verona (Movistar), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Omer Goldstein (Israel Premier Tech), Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo), Victor Lafay (Cofidis) will soon join the front attack to make it 18 riders at the front.

The riders pass through Valloire but have no time to stop for a coffee as so many riders do when climbing the Galibier.

85km to go

As the valley nears, the break has returned together. 

These are the 18 riders up front: 

As the stage profile shows, they now face a short ride along the valley and then climb high again. 

The valley road is giving everyone in the race a chance to take on new bidons and food before the next climb. 

This tweet from Movistar shows off the spectacular terrain thew riders have raced through so far today.  

Here we go!

Behind Jumbo-Visma are riding on the front of the peloton, many in the peloton taking on bidons to rehydrate and to stay cool. 

This was the view at the start and the sun is still shining as the Col de la Croix de Fer begins to hurt.

50km to go

Mark Padun (EF Education-EasyPost) is also suffering, perhaps he is unwell. 

This is Pierre Rolland soon after he went on the attack.

Rolland attacked with Fabbro. 

This was the view across the Galibier and the Col de la Croix de Fer is in the next valley. 

The Col de la Croix de Fer is 2067m and so near to the snow that is slowly melting. 

20km to the summit

Jumbo-Visma is riding on the front of the peloton. 

The Col de la Croix de Fer dips and rolls along the riders are now in a plateau but the hardest, steepest part of the climb will begin soon. 

The riders in the break have their their jersey's open but are riding a steady race, knowing the battle for the victory will shake out in the next 30 minutes and then on the climb to the finish. 

40km to go

The views of the Criterium du Dauphine

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The Uno-X pacing has helped the peloton close the gap on the break to 3:20. 

6.5km to the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer

35km to go

The final 5km of the Col de la Croix de Fer are shaking out the break. 

The road zig-zags up the side of the mountain in the final kilometres. The roads are spectacular but hurt.

The presence of the Movistar riders in the break confirm that Enric Mas is not at his best after his crash two days ago.

Wow! 

Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) keeps attacking to join other riders. Her clearly wants to win the stage but lacks the ability to go alone and is being caught-up in team tactics.

Van Aert had said he would be dropped and he's proven himself right.

As the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer nears, Bahrain lead the peloton at 2:00 from the five attackers. 

30km to go

The rolling descent has split the five up front. 

20km to go

Behind there are 20 riders in the GC peloton, as LL Sanchez leads the chase. 

Sanchez is riding for Caruso, while the other GC contenders wait for the final climb up to the finish in Vaujany.  

The views are stunning across Lac de Grand Maison but the riders have no time to enjoy them.

This road is often used in the Tour de France and always hurts. Long descents include sharp, steep rises and it's shaking up the attackers and the GC peloton.

10km to go

For the attackers are holding off the GC chasers. 

5km to go

Elissonde gets the local cheers but Verona seems stronger. 

Groupama are also up front, riding for a stage win for David Gaudu. 

Ouch. 

The climb is also hurting the GC riders. 

Jumbo-Visma have been quiet so far as Kruijswijk is dropped. 

He surges past the remains of the break but is it too little too late. 

The gap is down to 1:15.

Boom! 

Vingegaard is on the front and splits the group. 

Ben O'Connor is there and looking good. 

2km to go

Geogheghan Hart is also behind the Vingegaard group with Caruso and others.

The GC rider sweep up Elissonde, leaving just Verona up front. 

Boom! 

Roglic is in the drops and putting out his huge power.

He is just 15 seconds down on Verona. 

Verona is on the descent. Can he hold on and win? 

Roglic can't yet see Verona.

Verona holds and can win it!

Verona wins the stage!

Roglic finishes 15 or so seconds back but will take the race lead. 

His teammate Vingegaard finishes third.

That's a big win for Movistar. They needed a win after a dire spring.

Behind everyone else finishes alone and tired.

That is Carlos Verona's first career victory. 

Here's a happy Verona. 

Thanks to his second place on the stage, Roglic leads the race by 44 seconds ahead of teammate Vingegaard. 

MALLABIA SPAIN APRIL 08 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Yellow Leader Jersey prior to the 61st Itzulia Basque Country 2022 Stage 5 a 1638km stage from Zamudio to Mallabia 305m itzulia WorldTour on April 08 2022 in Mallabia Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images

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Verona rightly celebrated his first pro win.

That was a contrasting day for Jumbo. Wout van Aert cracked on the Col de la Croix de Fer but Roglic was able to step up, make his trademark later power attack and so take and extend his race lead.

Van Aert finishes in a small group at 14:00. 

Carlos Verona celebrates on the podium.

Verona will rightly frame this shot and put it on his wall.

He's worked hard recently.  

Now Roglic is on the podium and in yellow. 

The clock ticks by and is now 17 minutes after the finish. 

Uno-X have been rewarded for their riding. Tobias Halland Johannessen is now in the best young rider's white jersey.

Van Aert keeps the green points jersey.

Roglic was happy to be in the leader’s yellow jersey.

Roglic was cautious about his overall ambitions.

VAUJANY FRANCE JUNE 11 Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma attacks to takes the overall classification during the 74th Criterium du Dauphine 2022 Stage 7 a 1348km stage from SaintChaffrey to Vaujany 1230m WorldTour Dauphin on June 11 2022 in Vaujany France Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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Carlos Verona was emotional to win his first pro race. 

Movistar teams Spanish rider Carlos Verona celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the seventh stage of the 74th edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 135kms between SaintChaffrey to Vaujany southeastern France on June 11 2022 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

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Verona talked about his race in detail.   

Movistar teams Spanish rider Carlos Verona celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the seventh stage of the 74th edition of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race 135kms between SaintChaffrey to Vaujany southeastern France on June 11 2022 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

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To read our stage report and see  our growing photo gallery of all the action, click below.  

This is a sight Roglic will hope to see in July. 

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