Geraint Thomas and Sonny Colbrelli just after the finish line on stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Geraint Thomas wins stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné

Geraint Thomas narrowly won stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Thursday with a well-timed late attack.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) narrowly won stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Thursday with a well-timed late attack.

As the peloton neared the Saint-Vallier finish line after 175.4 km of racing from Saint-Chamond, the 35-year-old Welshman put in a solo dig inside the final kilometer. He quickly jumped out to a gap of a few seconds but the pack started to close him back down inside the last few hundred meters.

As Thomas rounded a final bend, he looked back and saw stage 3 winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) fast approaching from behind. The Italian closed in and very nearly pulled past, but Thomas held on – just barely – to take the stage victory.

Colbrelli settled for his third second-place finish so far in the race with Alex Aranburu (Astana-Premier Tech) taking third. Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished safely in the bunch to retain his GC lead.

Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT) Saint-Chamond → Saint-Vallier

THOMAS Geraint
1
THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers
2
COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain - Victorious
3
ARANBURU Alex Astana - Premier Tech
4
BARBERO Carlos Team Qhubeka ASSOS
5
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads Israel Start-Up Nation
6
VALGREN Michael EF Education - Nippo
7
KONRAD Patrick BORA - hansgrohe
8
VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team
9
SWEENY Harry Lotto Soudal
10
BONNAMOUR Franck B&B Hotels p/b KTM

PÖSTLBERGER Lukas

COLBRELLI Sonny

HOLMES Matthew

VAN WILDER Ilan

BORA - hansgrohe

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