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We head into the weekend with another big day at the Critérium du Dauphiné, where Alpine ascents ensured a difficult day for the whole peloton.
Davide Formolo proved up to the challenge, spending a long day in the breakaway and holding on out front to take his first WorldTour win of 2020. Thirty-three seconds letter, it was Primoz Roglic (who else?) leading the way over the line. Thibaut Pinot took third and a handful of others finished just behind him, but Egan Bernal was among those losing a few seconds on the day.
Things remain quite close as we roll into a weekend full of racing.
Read on for more …
| Formolo wins stage 3 of the Dauphiné
Davide Formolo won Friday’s stage 3 at the Critérium du Dauphiné, turning a long day off the front in the early breakaway into a mountaintop victory.
The Italian national road champion was the last survivor from the early escape on a stage that ascended the Col de la Madeleine and concluded with a summit finish at Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. Jumbo-Visma maintained a high pace that thinned the peloton behind, but Formolo managed to hold on out front all the way up to the final climb.
He hit the line with a comfortable margin of 33 seconds on the chasers to get his first WorldTour victory of 2020.
When the GC group did arrive at the finish, it was race leader Primoz Roglic who led the way over the line for runner-up honors ahead of Thibaut Pinot.
Egan Bernal, meanwhile, finished nine seconds behind Roglic. Roglic now has a 14-second lead over of Pinot in the general classification standings.
Top 10, stage 3
1 FORMOLO Davide (UAE-Team Emirates) 4:06:56
2 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:33
3 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ)
4 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe)
5 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (EF Pro Cycling)
6 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren)
7 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
8 POGACAR Tadej (UAE-Team Emirates)
9 SIVAKOV Pavel (Team INEOS) 0:39
10 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 13:14:35
2 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ) 0:14
3 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe) 0:20
4 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:24
5 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren) 0:26
6 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (EF Pro Cycling)
7 BERNAL Egan (Team INEOS) 0:31
8 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team) 0:32
9 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 0:35
10 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo)
| Martin out of Dauphiné with fractured sacrum
Dan Martin has pulled out of the Critérium du Dauphiné after suffering a fractured sacrum in a crash on stage 2. The 33-year-old Irishman hit the deck on the run-in to the final climb.
“I was preparing myself for the last climb, the last effort, and the guys crashed in front of me,” he said. “I tried to stop in time. One of the guys hit a sign in the road. Immediately I knew that I’d hurt myself.”
Martin is hoping to recover in time to be able to start the upcoming Tour de France, which gets underway on August 29.
| Carapaz will race Il Lombardia
A week after crashing heavily at the Tour of Poland, Richard Carapaz is getting back to bike racing this weekend at Il Lombardia. Ineos named its roster for the race on Friday.
Carapaz will ride alongside Eddie Dunbar, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Iván Sosa, and Ben Swift in the Italian one-day, the second Monument of the 2020 season.
| American up-and-comer Vermaerke signs with Sunweb
Kevin Vermaerke, who won last year’s under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, will make the jump to the WorldTour next season with Sunweb. The 19-year-old American will finish out this season as a stagiaire with the team.
“Team Sunweb has really invested in young talent in the past few years and I am really looking forward to joining this group and seeing what we can do together over the coming seasons,” Vermaerke said. “I think Team Sunweb will be the perfect place to continue my development and discover what type of rider I can become.”
| Matthews will miss Il Lombardia
Michael Matthews will not line up at Il Lombardia this weekend as initially planned. The 29-year-old Australian said on Friday that he will miss the race as he recovers from a hand injury he suffered at Milan-San Remo.
Although Matthews rode to third last weekend in the first Monument of the season, he scraped his hand and shoulder against a wall during a hectic stretch on the Poggio. His hand injury required stitches.
“Things are heading in the right direction, but his hand still needs some more time to recover,” said Sunweb’s team physician Camiel Aldershof. “He does not yet have full motion back meaning that he cannot grip the handlebars or brake efficiently. We expect that he needs another 10 or so days for the wounds to heal and then he will be back and ready for action.”
| Coming Up
The Critérium du Dauphiné continues on Saturday with another difficult day in the mountains. Stage 4 runs 153.5 kilometers from Ugine to Megève and features four categorized climbs in the second half of the stage and then the hors categorie Montée de Bisanne before the second-category Montée de l’Altiport finishing climb.
Meanwhile, the second Monument of the season will take place in Italy. Remco Evenepoel, Jakob Fuglsang, Mathieu van der Poel, Mike Woods, Max Schachmann, Diego Ulissi, Vincenzo Nibali, and defending champ Bauke Mollema are among the many names to watch at Il Lombardia.
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| Photo gallery: A hellish hailstorm at the Dauphiné
Photos from the Grubers and Cor Vos (and captions from Iain Treloar) tell the story of a wild finish to Thursday’s second stage at the Dauphiné.
Today’s feature image of Davide Formolo winning stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné comes from Cor Vos.