Fuglsang comfortably holds on for second Dauphine title

By Ben Spratt 17 June 2019 301
Fuglsang comfortably holds on for second Dauphine title

Jakob Fuglsang protected his overnight lead to clinch his second general classification title at the Criterium du Dauphine.

With pre-race favourite Chris Froome ruled out with a serious injury earlier in the week, Adam Yates led the way until Fuglsang's second-placed finish on Saturday saw him nudge in front on the eve of the final ride.

The Switzerland-born Dane - leading by eight seconds through seven stages - was then boosted further on Sunday as Yates bowed out 40 kilometres from the finish of Sunday's stage eight due to illness.

Tejay van Garderen was instead Fuglsang's closest rival, 20 seconds back, and the Astana rider's triumph never looked in serious doubt.

The general classification group crossed the line in Switzerland together to hand Fuglsang, who also won the Dauphine in 2017, another victory.

Froome's Team INEOS at least ended the weekend on a high, though, with a second successive stage win after Dylan van Baarle added to Wout Poels' success a day previously.

Van Baarle beat Jack Haig to the line for his first sprint win after the pair jostled in breakaways throughout Sunday's action.
Julian Alaphilippe was the last to challenge the duo, finally leaving them for the closing stretch where Van Baarle had too much for Haig.



1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 30:40:27
2. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) +20secs
3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +21s
4. Wout Poels (Team INEOS) +28s
5. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +33s

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