Van Baarle victorious in Dauphine finale

16 Jun 2019

Van Baarle victorious in Dauphine finale

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Criterium du Dauphine stage eight: Cluses - Champéry, 113.5km

Dylan van Baarle sealed his first WorldTour victory by winning a two-up sprint after a day in the break on stage eight of the Criterium du Dauphine. 

Van Baarle was part of a stage-long break that slowly dwindled in numbers across the 113.5km course until Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) was the only rider left with him.

The duo worked together to stay clear of their fellow escapees in the final kilometres, with Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Carl Fredrik Hagen closest to catching them. 

However, the lead pair were cooperating well and maintained a steady gap until the final kilometre when they began their sprint, which Van Baarle won to make it two wins in two for Team INEOS’ Dutch contingent following Wout Poels’ victory 24 hours before.

Poels finished behind in the GC group, moving up to fourth overall after Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was forced to abandon the stage due to illness and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) maintained his grip on the yellow jersey.
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Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle

In the past I really struggled in this race, so I trained and worked to be really good here and this win comes out of it.”
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Dylan van Baarle 

“The plan was to go in the breakaway and for Gianni and me to try and help Wout, but it ended up a little bit differently

“I'm so happy as this week had so many ups and downs. Everyone knows what happens to Chris and the team did a really great job with that. Obviously what happened to Chris affected us, it was a shock and it changed our line up. But we stayed together and showed that we are ready for the big race.

“In the past I really struggled in this race, so I trained and worked to be really good here and this win comes out of it.”
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Overall standings

1. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 27:36:40"
2. Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First) +20"
3. Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +21"
4. Wout Poels (Team INEOS) +28"
5. Thibault Pinot (Groupama FDJ) +33"

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