Breakaway Denies Sprinters on Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 36. June 2017, Tullins (FRA) — Road Team
The breakaway denied the sprinters for the second time in three days at the Critérium du Dauphiné with a six-rider group managing to hold the peloton off by 11 seconds on the finish line.
The peloton let the breakaway go straight after the flag dropped at KM 0 and by the time the group reached the 10km mark, of the 184km stage, their advantage was already out to three minutes.
As the race progressed, the gap between the peloton and the breakaway extended to more than six minutes, but inside the final 100km the sprinters’ teams started to organize the chase and bring the group back.
With 50km remaining, the peloton was trailing the six riders by three minutes and despite an increase in pace from the bunch, the breakaway conceded very little time with the advantage still sitting at more than one minute with 10km to go.
3km before the finish line, when the gap was still 45 seconds, it was clear the breakaway would likely make it to the line and as the six riders fought for position on the finishing stretch, the peloton was scrambling behind.
Koen Bouwman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) took the win from the breakaway and behind, Richie Porte finished safely in the bunch with the other General Classification contenders.
Stage 4 sees the peloton race against the clock in a 23.5km time trial which is likely to be the first real test of the legs for the General Classification riders.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Today felt like a stage of the Tour de France. It was so stressful the entire day. I think the guys did a really good job again in keeping me out of harms way because there were a few times there that I almost found myself on the deck. It was such a sketchy day and I’m really lucky to get through it unscathed. It’s a silly thing to say but really the race begins tomorrow.”
“We’ve already had a look at the time trial course. I don’t think it’s the best course for me but at the end of the day, you deal with what you’re given. I think if I have a good day, maybe I can take some good positions on GC. It’s the same sort of length to the final Tour de France time trial in Marseille. I haven’t seen that one yet, but I think tomorrow’s time trial is hard enough that someone who can climb, but still hold the power on the downhill and flat can win the stage.”
Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 3 Le Chambon-sur-Lignon >Tullins (184km)
Top 3: 1. Koen Bouwman (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), 2. Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), 3. Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 61. Nicolas Roche, 62. Richie Porte, 80. Amaël Moinard
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