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by Matt de Neef
June 12, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jakob Fuglsang wins the Criterium du Dauphine with final-stage raid; Stefan Kung leads the Tour de Suisse after two stages; Kasia Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Lucas Hamilton up to third overall at the ‘Baby Giro’; Cameron Meyer takes his first win on the road in 2017; Froome sees Porte as Tour de France favourite; Fuglsang and Aru to be Astana co-leaders at the Tour?; Trans Am leadership shifts, Tour Divide kicks off; 68-year-old track cyclist tests positive … again; Sarah Roy’s post-win crash; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 4 — Mt. Mitchell.
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has taken a remarkable overall victory at the Criterium du Dauphine after winning the final stage with enough of a gap to depose race leader Richie Porte (BMC).
Fuglsang was part of an elite escape group that dropped Porte on the penultimate climb of the day, the Col de la Colombiere, gaining more than a minute on the Tasmanian. Chris Froome (Sky), Fabio Aru (Astana), Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were among the other riders up the road, forcing Porte to chase solo on the final ascent to the finish line.
Fuglsang followed an attack from Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) from the lead group with 7km to go, before going it alone with 5km left to race. While Porte put in a spirited performance behind, catching and passing most of those who had snuck away earlier, Fuglsang was riding away to his second stage win of the week. And, with a 10-second time bonus available on the line, Fuglsang was able to leapfrog Porte to win the Dauphine. Porte finished second, while Martin edged out Froome for third.
“It’s amazing. I don’t know what to say,” Fuglsang said. “Even with the jersey I can’t believe it, I’ve been close to the yellow jersey many times in my career.”
Earlier in the weekend Peter Kennaugh (Sky) won stage 7 from the breakaway while Porte was able to extend his lead over most of his rivals. The Tasmanian would start the final stage 1:02 ahead of Froome and 1:15 ahead of Fuglsang, but it wouldn’t prove enough.