Adam Yates has the final stage of the Dauphiné won. The Brit rushed on the flanks of the Mont Blanc pass early vluchter Navarro and went with the stage win to go. Yellow jersey Geraint Thomas parried all the attacks and the Critérium du Dauphiné to write his name.
The last stage of the French stage race promised a tough ride to be on the road four mountain-1st category. It was a hectic wedstrijdbegin in which the attack was raining, but the platoon suffered no man to move away. No Thomas De Gendt on the outposts because they had already asked the peloton to drive through the murderous pace. Further stepped Laurens De Plus after 40 minutes off track. The Belgian Quick Step had been since Wednesday night last of the stomach.
In the end Navarro, Tolhoek, Gaudu and Ravasi the lucky ones who were able to escape from the peloton. No less a person than Pierre Rolland, the tenth in the standings, and Julian Alaphilippe, winner of the first Alpenrit in this Dauphiné, made the crossing to the quartet. While the escapees in front a minute and a half together sprokkelden, had Tiesj Benoot in the chase of the peloton after the first climb of the day.
Battle for the rankings
Geraint Thomas had the luck not on his side in the final stage. Once or twice he had to deal with mechanical problems. The Brit could count on strong team mates who were sagging to their leader to help. In the front of the peloton waited AG2R, the team of Romain Bardet third stood in the rankings, not the leader of the Dauphiné. In vain as Team Sky brought Thomas back to the belly of the peloton.
On eleven miles of the line fell first, Latour, teammate of Bardet and then tried Bardet itself once or twice to get away from the rest. Without much success because in its wake followed the leader Thomas and his team mate Geoghegan-Hart and Yates could follow. The escapees turned out to be the 21-year-old Gaudu long time the strongest of the six, only a kilometre or five of the end of Navarro went on and on the young rider from FDJ.
The pace was a bit quiet in the big guns, there was a beneficiary under the other Daniel Martin to return. Then did Bardet, Yates, Buchman and also Martin tried to get away. The favorites made a spectacle in the slotkilometers. Ultimately, it was Yates who is lost and in the slotmeters just Navarro could intervene and, as the victory picked up. Yellow jersey Thomas groaned a little and came all in all, never in danger in the final stage. He allowed the Critérium du Dauphiné on his list credit.