Padun winning stage 7 of the 2021 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Padun wins stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné as Porte takes the GC lead

Mark Padun wins stage 7 at the Critérium du Dauphiné as Richie Porte moves into the overall lead.

by Kit Nicholson

photography by Cor Vos


Mark Padun (Bahrain-Victorious) was the unexpected winner on the stage 7 summit finish at the 2021 Critérium du Dauphine. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) finished second to take the race lead, with Miguel Ángel Lòpez (Movistar) coming in third.

Stage 7 was the first real mountain test for the Dauphiné peloton, going over 2,000m for the first and only time in the race on the final climb to La Plagne. With the lion’s share of the climbing in the second half of the stage, the breakaway took a long time to form after a blisteringly fast opening phase. The two strongest among them stayed clear until 10km to go when the GC race took over.

Movistar had done a great deal of work throughout the day, but it was Richie Porte who made the decisive move. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Enric Mas (Movistar) and Mark Padun were the only ones who followed. Before long, Padun and Kuss attacked again, and the moment of hesitation as Porte looked back at the chasing group probably cost him the stage.

The young Ukrainian had nothing to lose as he climbed up to the ski resort, dropping Kuss in the last 5km and soloing to his first ever WorldTour victory.

Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT) Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux → La Plagne

PADUN Mark
1
PADUN Mark Bahrain - Victorious
2
PORTE Richie INEOS Grenadiers
3
LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Movistar Team
4
HAIG Jack Bahrain - Victorious
5
O'CONNOR Ben AG2R Citroën Team
6
KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma
7
GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ
8
MAS Enric Movistar Team
9
THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers
10
LUTSENKO Alexey Astana - Premier Tech

PORTE Richie

COLBRELLI Sonny

CRADDOCK Lawson

GAUDU David

INEOS Grenadiers

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