Big battles for the GC at the final stage of Criterium du Dauphiné
ALBERTVILLE – PLATEAU DE SOLAISON – 115 km / Stage 8
Plateau de Solaison, France, June 11th – A demanding final stage concluded 69th edition of Criterium du Dauphiné today. It was a challenging week for BAHRAIN MERIDA riders and also a good experience and training for the upcoming Tour de France.
The final stage of Critérium du Dauphiné started today in the Olympic Albertville. It was a sunny and very warm day with and extraordinary heat for the French Alps.
The stage was a real challenge with 4 categorized climbs, two of Cat. 2, and the final climb Plateau de Solaison, a HC, 11,3 km long with more than 9.23 % gradient at the finish.
The stage started in a hard tempo and a group of 24 riders including Grega Bole (TBM) that made the gap, started to speed up. On the first climb the group blew up into pieces and the real fight began between Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Richie Porte (BMC), Chris Froome (SKY) and Daniel Martin (Quick Step Floors).
At the last HC climb to the finish, the dramatic GC battle continued between Jakob Fuglsang (AST) and Richie Porte (BMC). In the end, the Danish rider took the stage and the overall victory for the 10 bonification points ahead of Richie Porte (BMC) and Chris Froom (SKY).