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Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) stamped his authority on the Critérium du Dauphiné, soloing to victory atop the Col de la Croix de Fer on stage 7.
The Dane, who positioned second within the stage 3 time trial and took the yellow jersey with victory on stage 5, underlined his kind forward of the Tour de France with a dominant show on the primary excessive mountain stage of the Dauphiné.
Adam Yates (UAE Crew Emirates) was the closest challenger, ending at 43 seconds to maneuver as much as second general, albeit some 2:11 down on Vingegaard with one stage remaining.
Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed the ultimate spot on the rostrum, 55 seconds down, as Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën) trailed in fourth to hold onto an general podium place.
The primary act of the mountainous remaining weekend took the riders of the Hors-Catégorie climbs of the Col de la Madeieline (25.1km at 6.2%) and Col du Mollard (18.5km at 5.8%) forward of the summit end on the Col de la Croix de Fer (13.1km at 6.2%).
After questions had been requested of his crew’s climbing power, and after some Ineos probing on the Madeleine, Vingegaard’s males took management on the Mollard and the mild decrease slopes of the Croix de Fer, earlier than blowing the bunch to smithereens.
After the early tempo setting of Nathan Van Hooydonck and Dylan van Baarle, Tiesj Benoot’s sharp acceleration produced instantaneous injury to a still-sizeable group, however it was Atilla Valter’s startling flip that detonated the bomb.
The Hungarian champion went so arduous he discovered himself alone because the steep part of the Croix de Fer started, and when Vingegaard did rejoin his wheel, the race was all around the street, with solely Yates in the end in a position to comply with the Jumbo-Visma pair.
Yates, although, was quickly dropped too as Vingegaard took flight simply over 5km from the summit. He held a lead of 15-20 seconds for some time however notably accelerated within the remaining 2km to place the stage – and certainly now the general title – past doubt.
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