Wout van Aert is the first leader in the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Belgian rider of Jumbo-Visma was the strongest in the sprint of a large group on Wednesday, which remained after a tough stage.
The Belgian finished the work of his team well. Van Aert left Daryl Impey (second) and Egan Bernal (third) behind on the cunning arrival and thus won his second race in a few days after Milan-San Remo.
The first stage of the Dauphiné was immediately a tough one. The peloton had to cross no fewer than seven climbs in the stage from Clermont-Ferrand to Saint-Christo-en-Jarez over 218 kilometers.
Tom-Jelte Slagter formed the flight of the day with the Swiss Michael Schär. The Dutchman from B&B Hotels-Vital Concept dropped back into the peloton about 50 kilometers from the finish. Schär was seized about 35 kilometers away.
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Jumbo-Visma increases the pace
That was the signal for Jumbo-Visma to increase the pace towards the final climb. Robert Gesink took over the lion's share of the work.
At 3 kilometers from the finish, Rigoberto Urán was the first to try. He was brought in by Primoz Roglic, among others. Tom Dumoulin then overtook Pierre Latour, bringing a large group together over the top of the last climb, which was 1 kilometer from the finish.
Van Aert was then well disposed of by his teammates, after which he already booked his third victory of this month. Last weekend he won Milan-San Remo, while he won the Strade Bianche a week earlier.