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As we near the end of the week, the GC battle has already picked up at the Critérium du Dauphiné, where riders took on the lengthy Col de Porte climb on Thursday. The uphill test did not disappoint.
Ineos put multiple riders on the front of a select group to keep things under control towards the end of the stage, but by the final kilometer, Egan Bernal found himself without reinforcements. Bernal tried to jump clear but could not manage to distance the rest of the group, and a handful of others tried with the same result. Things went a little bit differently for Primoz Roglic.
The 2019 Vuelta a España winner put in a powerful surge that no one could match and covered the final few hundred meters solo to nab yet another big victory for Jumbo-Visma, which has enjoyed a dominant run at cycling’s top level over the past few weeks.
Excitement was high heading into this Critérium du Dauphiné with all eyes focused on the battle between Ineos and a surging Jumbo-Visma team—and at least so far it is living up to the hype.
Read on for more …
| Roglic wins stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné
A day after Wout van Aert stormed to victory on stage 1, Primoz Roglic has delivered Jumbo-Visma’s second stage win in a row at the Critérium du Dauphiné, launching a late move that none of his illustrious rivals could follow to take the stage 2 victory and the overall lead.
The 135-kilometer stage came down to a select group on the Col de Porte finishing climb, where Jumbo-Visma’s main rival Ineos put in a strong effort to try to keep the race under control. The British WorldTour squad had multiple riders pulling at the front into the waning kilometers of the climb, closing down the last rider from the early break and also preventing any serious attacks from the GC group.
By the final kilometer, however, Egan Bernal was left without teammates. The reigning Tour champ made a short-lived surge off the front but could not distance the rest of a select group.
A few others attempted to get clear and also came up short as well—until Roglic launched with around 600 meters to go and immediately opened a gap. The 30-year-old Slovenian stormed to a convincing victory with Thibaut Pinot crossing the line eight seconds later for runner-up honors and Emanuel Buchmann finishing on the same time in third.
Roglic now sits atop the general classification with Pinot in second overall, 12 seconds back.
Top 10, stage 2
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 3:39:40
2 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ) 0:08
3 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe)
4 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
5 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 0:10
6 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
7 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (EF Pro Cycling)
8 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren)
9 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo)
10 BERNAL Egan (Team INEOS)
Top 10, GC
1 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 9:07:12
2 PINOT Thibaut (Groupama – FDJ) 0:12
3 BUCHMANN Emanuel (BORA – hansgrohe) 0:14
4 BERNAL Egan (Team INEOS) 0:16
5 MARTIN Guillaume (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:18
6 QUINTANA Nairo (Team Arkéa Samsic) 0:20
7 PORTE Richie (Trek – Segafredo)
8 LANDA Mikel (Bahrain – McLaren)
9 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel (Astana Pro Team)
10 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (EF Pro Cycling)
| Van Aert could get his own chances at the Tour de France
Wout van Aert, who has enjoyed a very successful past week, has touched on the topic of opportunities for his own results at the upcoming Tour de France. The 25-year-old Belgian is expected to be heavily focused on his support duties for the race as Jumbo-Visma targets the general classification, but in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, van Aert did not rule out the possibility that he would have his own opportunities at the Tour.
“I have not seen if there will be any chances for me at the Tour yet,” Van Aert told Het Laatste Nieuws. “If there is a chance for me in a small stage race of five days, there will undoubtedly be chances in the Tour, which lasts for three weeks.”
| Terpstra will return to racing at the Tour de Wallonie
Niki Terpstra will get back to racing on Sunday at the Tour de Wallonie, two months after crashing during a training ride.
The two-time Monument winner, who also missed much of his 2019 season due to a crash, was hospitalized after falling heavily while motor-pacing this June. He suffered a collapsed lung, fractures to his ribs and collarbone, and a concussion in the crash, and his Total-Direct Energie team said that his recovery was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.
As he returns to racing this weekend more quickly than expected, it remains unclear what the rest of 2020 program will look like for Terpstra, with a possible Tour de France participation still a question mark.
| Evenepoel ahead of Il Lombardia: ‘I have never prepared for a race as well as this’
Remco Evenepoel is set to ride his first ever Monument Classic this weekend at Il Lombardia, and he is going into the race as one of the top favorites for victory. The 20-year-old Belgian is clearly in form after winning the Tour of Poland, the climber-friendly parcours should suit his skillset, and Evenepoel has said that he has made his pre-race prep a clear priority.
“I now know the curves, I know how tough the climbs are,” he told Wielerflits after reconning the course for a second time. “That’s important in a one-day race. It’s all or nothing. You can correct something in a stage race, but not in a classic. I have never prepared for a race as well as this.”
| Strong showing for MTBs at the Sports Emmy Awards
Mountain bikes enjoyed a big night at the recent Sports Emmy Awards, with the Red Bull Rampage broadcast and the film Any One of Us both taking home Emmys.
The Red Bull Rampage, which gave viewers at home the opportunity to see the action from a wide variety of angles and also offered an augmented reality look at the course, won the Outstanding Digital Innovation Award. The documentary Any One of Us, which chronicles the recovery of Paul Basagoitia after he crashed heavily and suffered a spinal cord injury in 2015, won for Outstanding Editing – Long Form.
| Moving Pictures
As if the summit finish wasn’t difficult enough on stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, some members of the peloton found themselves scrambling for cover amid suddenly wild weather conditions on the mountainside.
Many Riders – including our boys – were hit by one hell of a hail storm – worst Than anything we expirienced. The scene was total chaos and mayhem. .. riders running for cover, hit hard by icy mini ping pong balls. #CriteriumduDauphine @dauphine pic.twitter.com/Y6XI0PCSRs
— Israel Start-Up Nation / Israel Cycling Academy (@YallaIsraelSUN) August 13, 2020
In case you missed it
| Preview: What you need to know about the 2020 Il Lombardia
Matt de Neef has the preview with everything you need to know ahead of Il Lombardia.
Today’s feature image of Primoz Roglic winning stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné comes from Cor Vos.