Critérium du Dauphiné

Stage 6) Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l'Ain - Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne

FR France, Friday 14 June 2019
228.5 km

Double joy for Alaphilippe at the Dauphiné

Double joy for Alaphilippe at the Dauphiné

Three days after turning 27, Julian Alaphilippe made himself a beautiful and hard-worked gift – a second career stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné. To add to his delight, the win came with a bonus in the shape of the prestigious polka-dot jersey as leader of the King of the Mountains competition. For Julian, who has enjoyed a stellar season so far, it was the tenth win since the month of January, which sees him stay at the top of the 2019 victory rankings.

Stage 6 of the French World Tour race contained eight classified climbs and had the riders navigate a long course of 229 kilometers between Saint-Vulbas Plaine de l’Ain and Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne. Surprisingly, only three men decided to take on this rugged territory via the breakaway, attacking and getting a gap after 12 kilometers: Julian Alaphilippe, Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) and Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-hansgrohe).

On the lengthy valley road that took them to the first ascent of the day, which averaged a whisker over 7%, the trio’s advantage reached 11 minutes. Surprisingly it continued to stretch further until after the feed zone, when several teams joined forces and upped the pace, scratching off two minutes in the Maurienne valley, the ancestral passage traversed by Hannibal and his army during his famous campaign to invade Rome.

Alaphilippe continued to score in the KOM classification, making sure he would don the polka-dot jersey at the end of day. The last ascent of the stage was Col de Beaune, which made its debut on the Critérium du Dauphiné, and it was on this 8.1km-long climb averaging 6% that the concord between the escapees went up in smokes. Following these numerous skirmishes, De Marchi was dropped and didn’t return at the front, as Julian and Muhlberger continued to push on the technical descent.

Calm and carefully biding his time in the strong headwind at the finish, the Milano-Sanremo champion opened his sprint with only 120 meters to go and held off the Austrian, nabbing the stage for the width of a tyre. After two trips to the podium – for the stage honours and the best climber jersey – the charismatic Frenchman talked of what winning in front of his home fans meant for him.

“I’m always hungry and every victory is important, but to take a stage at the Dauphiné – my first race of the season in France – is really special and makes me extremely happy. The stage was long and hard, but we worked well together and opened that huge gap. In the sprint, I knew that Gregor was explosive and that with the headwind it was important not to go too early. It’s a beautiful win, good for my confidence before the Tour de France, and the fact that it brought me also the blue jersey makes it a really perfect day”, said Julian after netting Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s 36th success of the year.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:00:54
2 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
0:22
4 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
6:10
5 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
,,
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
,,
7 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
,,
10 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
,,
37 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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77 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
93 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:26
101 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
117 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
23:35:04
2 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
0:04
3 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
0:06
4 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
0:07
5 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:24
6 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:25
7 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:26
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:30
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:40
10 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
,,
20 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:04
36 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:42
71 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:16
80 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:25
92 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
34:53
128 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:56
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
82 pt
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen
Team Dimension Data
53 pt
3 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
47 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45 pt
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
39 pt
6 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
38 pt
7 Clément Venturini
AG2R La Mondiale
34 pt
8 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
29 pt
10 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
28 pt
25 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
26 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
27 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
46 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
23:37:49
2 Steff Cras
Team Katusha Alpecin
1:29
3 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
4:01
4 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
6:31
5 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
7:48
6 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
11:05
7 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
12:23
8 Nick Schultz
Mitchelton-Scott
14:01
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
16:25
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
17:39
23 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:08
30 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:11
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
2 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
18 pt
3 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
14 pt
4 Magnus Cort Nielsen
Astana Pro Team
13 pt
5 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
6 Fabien Doubey
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
10 pt
7 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
7 pt
8 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
5 pt
9 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
5 pt
10 Oliver Naesen
AG2R La Mondiale
5 pt
15 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 EF Education First 70:48:30
2 Astana Pro Team 0:14
3 Groupama - FDJ 1:49
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:50
5 Mitchelton-Scott 3:32
6 Movistar Team 5:33
7 CCC Team 9:19
8 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 9:31
9 Bahrain Merida 10:02
10 Team INEOS 10:57

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