The Irishman Daniel Martin has the short, but challenging fifth stage of the Dauphiné won. On the final climb he profited from doubt, in the group of favourites. The Irishman placed a solid gear where no one answered. Geraint Thomas tore himself in the final kilometre, still in los of the other favorites, but seemed to have no more to Martin. He takes the leader’s jersey from his team mate at Team Sky, Gianni Moscon. Adam Yates, the leader of Mitchelton Scot finished third.
The fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was a short, but challenging stage. The riders had but 130 miles with arrival on the top of the Valmorel. Also the only climb of the day, but one category.
Directly after the start, broke war los in the peloton. The pace lap immediately and Thomas De Gendt was there as the chickens at to get an escape on its feet. So we got nine leaders of which two Belgians Thomas De Gendt and Laurens De Plus. Also Cataldo was part of the early flight, but the Italian was a threat for the general classification. It gave the escapees’t stay away, but Cataldo was so sporting to re-let the pack catch him.
Al kept the lead hovering around two minutes, which is not really much to it. Team Sky leader Gianni Moscon got in the chase the help of Bora Hansgrohe, what was remarkable, because Bora was not the big favourite for the stage win in the ranks. Emanuel Buchmann is the leader of the team and follows at 2’11” of Moscon.
Daniel Martin is on at the right time
De Gendt and co. were swallowed up by the peloton at just less than ten kilometers from the finish. The Plus (Quick Step) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) were not yet won, but a few miles later, it was also their song sung. Just as yesterday was Warren Barguil again early the role resolve on the final climb.
On the same final climb was the Mitchelton Scott that the command had been taken over by Sky. Marco Soler of Movistar opened the debate, followed by Adam Yates. That immediately got Geraint Thomas and the other klassementsmannen in the wheel. For yellow to chip away at Moscon went to the front in the meantime. Our fellow countryman, Tiesj Benoot hung his trolley pretty to that of Moscon.
The favourites looked to each other and Daniel Martin benefited. The Irishman had a solid attack in store, where it’s not immediately an answer came. A kilometre from the end tore Thomas apart from the others, but he was not more to Martin that kept.
Saturday awaits the riders in the penultimate stage of the Dauphine, a short mountain stage of 110 kilometres between Frontenex and La Rosière Espace San Bernardo. The finish is again uphill. Sunday ends the Dauphiné for the riders with a third finish on top in a row.
1. Daniel Martin (Ire/UAD) 130.5 km in 3u21:18 (avg. 38.897167 km/h)
2. Geraint Thomas (GBr/SKY) at 0:04
3. Adam Yates (GBr/MTS) 0:15
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany/BOH) 0:16
5. Daniel Navarro (Spa/COF) 0:16
6. Romain Bardet (Fra/ALM) 0:16
7. Damiano Caruso (Ita/BMC) 0:24
8. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus/TKA) 0:24
9. Guillaume Martin (Fra/WGG) 0:26
10. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned/TLJ) 0:26