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Re: Critérium du Dauphiné 2020
« on: August 16, 2020, 20:18 »
 Well, that must have been quite a final stage, judging from the final 50kms that we got to see.
There was action right from the off, as Julian Alaphilippe  #deceuninck led over the summit of the first climb and a select group featuring the strongest riders in the race started going clear of the peloton, with Pinot  #groupama, Tom Dumoulin  #jumbo, Landa  #bahrain, Pavel Sivakov  #ineos and Tadej Pogačar  #uae all making the cut.
After a brief respite and a rider protest, it all kicked off again on the sole HC climb of the day, the Col de Romme.
Dumoulin went again alongside Alaphilippe, Sivakov, Pogačar, Romain Bardet etc in a group of 20 riders.
This swelling of the group caused Alaphilippe and Sivakov onto the offensive again.
Alaphilippe and Sivakov extended their lead to over a minute as Landa dropped from the Pinot group, the Bahrain-McLaren rider said to be suffering from cramps.
With 30km to go, Sivakov became the latest rider to crash in a Dauphiné defined by its falls.
Tadej Pogačar then attacked from the gc group, at the foot of the Cote de Domancy, which ignited the race, taking Miguel Ángel López  #astana with him.
Dani Martínez  #ef then set off in pursuit of the pair, with Bardet also going as Pinot looked to be suffering.
With 20km to go, the gap was holding, as behind Nairo Quintana  #arkea abandoned the race, while Kuss  #jumbo made it across to the leading group, swelling to six riders as Martínez and company caught Alaphilippe and Sivakov.
The Pinot group wasn’t done yet, though, bringing the gap back down under a minute thanks to some help from Alaphilippe, before Kuss attacked once again at the foot of the final climb up to the Megève altiport.
López was dropped from the Martínez group behind, making the EF rider’s overall victory more likely.
Kuss continued to power up the ascent until the finish, crossing the line for victory, while Martínez held off the last-gasp attempts from Pinot to claw him back, to claim the overall victory.



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