Poels holds station at Dauphine

13 Jun 2019

Poels holds station at Dauphine

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Critérium du Dauphiné stage five: Boën-sur-Lignon - Voiron, 201km.

Wout Poels maintained 11th overall at the Criterium du Dauphine after Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) sprinted to victory on stage five and the main GC contenders all finished safely behind.

Good work by his teammates in the final 15 kilometres ensured Poels safely navigated a tricky finale, before the sprinters' teams came to the fore with five kilometres remaining to contest the sprint which was won by Van Aert.

Poels remains 40 seconds behind Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) ahead of a crucial final weekend of the race, which gets underway with a hilly 229km test on Friday, before taking in the Queen stage on Saturday and a punchy 113km trial on Sunday. 
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- Sport Director Servais Knaven

"The guys came through in a hectic final after a straightforward day on nice roads. There was steep descent and plenty of road furniture before it went back to the main road and it stayed really tense until around six kilometres to go. 

"We were right up there on the front in a hectic final as it was important not to lose time today and Wout finished strongly just outside the top 10.

"After Chris’ accident yesterday it was a difficult day, the riders were asked about it and for sure would have been talking about it in the race, but they had to really switch on in the final, they did and we finished strongly.

“It is not just something that we can move on quickly from, it will have been on their minds today and will be tonight, but the guys did well today and now we can move on to the mountains.”
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Overall standings:

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton Scott) 17:28:00
2. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) +4"
3. Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) +6"
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +7"
5. Wout van Aert (Jumbo Visma) +20"
11. Wout Poels (Team INEOS) +40"

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