Roglic narrowly keeps Jorgenson from overall victory in Dauphiné after spectacle in final stage, day victory for Rodriguez

Roglic narrowly keeps Jorgenson from overall victory in Dauphiné after spectacle in final stage, day victory for Rodriguez

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2:47 PM

The final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné turned out to be a spectacle and a game of seconds. Leader Primož Roglič ran into problems on Plateau des Glières, meaning the battle for overall victory was suddenly open again. Matteo Jorgenson (Visma | Lease a Bike) saw Carlos Rodriguez (INEOS Grenadiers) win the stage, but – despite six bonus seconds at the finish – fell just short of the overall victory. That went to the leader of BORA-hansgrohe.

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After two difficult mountain stages, the ending was also one with several cols and more than 3,600 meters of altitude. There were three climbs in the first hour of racing, but the focus was mainly on Le Salève (12.1 km at 6.8%) at 60 kilometers from the finish and then the final climb to Plateau des Glières (9.4 km at 7.1 %). After two stage victories in a row, Primoz Roglic defended a lead of 1.02 minutes over Matteo Jorgenson and 1.13 minutes over Derek Gee. The rest followed almost two minutes or more from the yellow jersey.

photo: Cor Vos

Bart Lemmen and Tim Wellens in attack
Without Sepp Kuss, who did not want to take any risks in the run-up to the Tour, the peloton started in Thônes. After his failed attempt on Saturday, Marc Soler opted for attack again. In the opening phase he was the instigator of the eventual leading group of eleven men. Including Bart Lemmen (Visma | Lease a Bike), Tim Wellens (UAE Emirates), American champion Sean Quinn (EF Education-EasyPost), Lorenzo Fortunato (Astana Qazaqstan), David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Bruno Armirail (Decathlon AG2R) moved with Soler.

The lead over the peloton increased to four minutes. BORA-hansgrohe allowed this, but at the foot of Le Salève INEOS Grenadiers took over command. Due to the leading work of the British team, the lead of the leading group decreased and the peloton was thinned out considerably. At the top of the Salève, the difference was reduced to two minutes between the leading group and the large group of favorites. In the descent, Lidl-Trek also lent a helping hand, in the service of Giulio Ciccone.

photo: Cor Vos

The leading group has no room
With Soler and Gaudu as the closest classified riders, more than seven minutes behind Roglic, the escape group was no threat to the general classification. Yet Lidl-Trek had evil plans, because it put the surprisingly strong Mads Pedersen in the lead until the foot of the final climb to Plateau des Glières (9.4 km at 7.1%). The gap was then less than half a minute, after which Visma | Lease a Bike took over with Tiesj Benoot.

The first attack came 8 kilometers from the finish and was from Ciccone, number nine in the rankings. BORA-hansgrohe opted for a tight pace in the chase with Jai Hindley and Aleksandr Vlasov. Laurens De Plus then chose to attack to thin out the favorites group even further. At his pace, Remco Evenepoel had to let go, just like in the previous mountain stages.

Primož Roglič in trouble on the final climb, a game of seconds follows
Roglic, Matteo Jorgenson, Derek Gee, Carlos Rodriguez and Santiago Buitrago could follow De Plus, but Vlasov could no longer. The Belgian caught up with Ciccone, after which his teammate Rodriguez attacked. Jorgenson jumped on his wheel and saw that Roglic was struggling. The Slovenian had no helpers left and could not keep up with the pace of the group with Rodriguez, Jorgenson, Gee, De Plus and Buitrago.

photo: Cor Vos

The next acceleration came from Israel surprise Derek Gee, who caused another tie as only Jorgenson and Rodriguez could follow him. They worked well together and drove 30 seconds away from Roglič. At 2.5 kilometers from the finish there was a short descending section, where the leading trio gained some extra time. The last 1.5 kilometers increased again and Jorgenson started again.

The American leader of Visma | Lease a Bike thus threw Gee overboard, causing him to compete for the stage victory together with Rodriguez. The difference with Roglič continued to increase, up to 45 seconds in the last kilometer. This made it a real game of seconds in the battle for the final victory. Jorgenson saw Rodriguez win the stage and took six bonus seconds himself, but that was not enough for the overall victory.

Roglič crossed the finish line 48 seconds later, which was just enough to hold off Jorgenson. At the bottom of the line, the Slovenian had eight seconds left over the American, who was allowed to join the final podium. Derek Gee finished third in the final stage and also third in the final classification. The INEOS duo Rodriguez and De Plus completed the top 5. Remco Evenepoel ended up in seventh place in that ranking.

photo: Cor Vos





2024-06-09 12:47:00
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