Champery - Denmark's
Jakob Fuglsang won the eight-day Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday, the
Astana rider underlining his status as one of the favourites for next
month's Tour de France.
Ineos rider Dylan van Baarle of the Netherlands won the eighth stage
on a day in which Britain's Adam Yates pulled out sick with less than
50km to go while in second place overall.
The 34-year-old Fuglsang has been in hot form this season, winning
the Liege-Bastogne-Liege 'monument' (one of the four toughest one day
races on the calendar) and getting on the podium in two classics.
"This season everything has gone brilliantly," said the winner.
Fuglsang also won this race in 2017 after overtaking Australia's Richie Porte on the final day.
"This was a much easier final day," said Fuglsang after several climbers had expressed regret at its relative ease.
When asked about his Tour de France chances the Dane said: "Top 5 at least, but we'll target the podium and the win."
He took the overall lead on Saturday on a hilly run contested in a deluge that caused a host of overnight pull outs.
British Tour de France hopeful Yates pulled out sick late during
Sunday's stage when still in with a great chance of victory.
Trailing by a mere eight seconds and with less than 50km to go on the
eight-day event, seen as a key form gauge for the Tour de France, Yates
was keeping pace with his chief rivals when he pulled out.
Mitchelton-Scott sports director Lorenzo Lapage told race organisers Yates had had a fever since this morning.
Wout Van Aert, the 24-year-old triple world cyclo-cross champion won
the green sprint points jersey having put himself clearly on the road
cycling map and a new name to match at July's Tour de France.
The powerful French roller Julian Alaphilippe won the mountains
points jersey for crack Belgian outfit Decueninck-Quick Step having done
the same at last year's Tour de France too.
Van Baarle won the closing stage after dropping his final escape
group companion Australia's Jack Haig on the final ascent into Champery.
The 12-rider breakaway group was well marshalled by Fuglsang's Astana team and never allowed to build up a great lead.
This Criterium however may end up being best remembered for Chris
Froome's serious accident ahead of stage four when he fell at high speed
breaking a hip, his leg, an elbow and ribs.
The Criterium winner has gone on to land the Tour de France in five of the past seven years.
Results and overall standings after the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race on Sunday:
1. Dylan van Baarle (NED/Ineos), 3hrs 05min 48sec., 2. Jack Haig (AUS/MIT) same time, 3. Carl Fredrik Hagen (NOR/LOT) at 50sec, 4. Warren Barguil (FRA/ARK) 1:12., 5. Sepp Kuss (USA/JUM) 1:12., 6. Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI/FDJ) 1:12., 7. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/DEC) 1:16., 8. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 1:59., 9. Xavier Meurisse (BEL/WGG) 1:59., 10. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 1:59.
16. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 1:59.
1. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/Astana) 30hrs 44min 27sec., 2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/EF1) at 20sec., 3. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 21., 4. Wout Poels (NED/INE) 28., 5. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 33., 6. Dylan Teuns (BEL/BAH) 1:11., 7. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 1:12., 8. Dan Martin (IRL/UAE) 1:21., 9. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 1:24., 10. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:38., 11. Richie Porte (AUS/TRE) 1:44.