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Criterium du Dauphine stage 8 - Live coverage

The stage of stage 8 of the Criterium du Dauphine

(Image credit: ASO)

Race Notes


Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the 8th and final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.  


A short, sharp route through the Alps awaits the peloton today as they will tackle four categorised climbs and finish atop the hors categorie Plateau de Solaison.

Ahead of this decisive stage, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is in the yellow jersey and holds a 44 second advantage over his teammate Jonas Vingegaard. Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën) rounds out the podium at 1:24 while Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos-Grenadiers) sits a further six seconds back at 1:30. 


On the slopes of the Col de Plainpalais, Sebastian Schönberger (B&B Hotels-KTM) launches the day's first attack while, at the back of the peloton, Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain Victorious) is distanced. 


It is a beautiful Alpine day, and the heat may well play a role later. Matteo Jorgensen (Movistar) and Tao Geoghegan Hart both said they struggled in these temperatures yesterday.






As the race heads downhill, several riders who were dropped on the climb are making their way back to the peloton.



The peloton seem content to let this breakaway build up an advantage. It is being led by Jumbo-Visma as they control the race for Roglič.





The Tour de France begins in three weeks and though the Dauphiné is a prestigious race in its own right, its main function is as a warm-up race for the Tour. The Tour de Suisse, another race important as preparation for the Tour's overall contenders, starts today. You can follow live coverage of its first stage here.

Temperatures out on the course are hitting 28°C and so teams have posted soigneurs all along the roadside to make sure riders stay hydrated.

















The summit of the Col de la Colombière is beautiful. After all the noise on the climb, the descent is much quieter with only the sounds of bikes, race vehicles and birds singing.


















And Kruijswijk makes contact with the backwheel of his old teammate Bennett. There are six riders in this group – Kruijswijk, Roglič, Vingegaard, O'Connor, Esteban Chaves and Jack Haig.

Chaves, Bennett and Haig are all now distanced from this group. 












Jonas Vingegaard rides to the finish hand-in-hand with his teammate Primož Roglič to take the stage while Roglič takes the overall victory!

O'Connor finishes in third place on the road and third place overall too.

Chaves finishes in fourth with his teammate Ruben Guerreiro, 53 seconds behind Roglič and Vingegaard. A small group containing Caruso, Haig and Louis Meintjes finishes two seconds behind the EF Education-EasyPost pair.

“It was quite incredible," Vingegaard said after the race. "We had the plan that I should attack and he [Roglič]  should follow me and we wanted to see if we could drop everyone and we succeeded with that so I think we can be very happy and proud with what happened today. 

It is Roglič's second stage race victory in France this year after he won Paris-Nice in March. 

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