Critérium du Dauphiné

Stage 8) Cluses - Champéry

FR France, Sunday 16 June 2019
113.5 km

Critérium du Dauphiné: Alaphilippe takes home prestigious KOM jersey

Critérium du Dauphiné: Alaphilippe takes home prestigious KOM jersey

One of the most consistent riders at the 71st edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné, for many the most important appointment before the Tour de France, Julian Alaphilippe continued to be a prominent figure also on the last day. Stage 8, that took the bunch from Clusas to Champéry, just over the border in Switzerland, where the race returned after a five-year absence, was 113.5 kilometers in length and dotted with seven ranked climbs.

Knowing that his victory in the KOM standings wasn’t mathematically assured, Julian went into the breakaway for the third day running as part of a 12-man group and crested in the lead the first four ascents: Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses, Côte de Rond, Montée des Gets and Col du Corbier. Even with the large chunk of points obtained making him the virtual winner of the jersey, Alaphilippe didn’t stop and continued to contribute to the front group, swapping turns with the others, despite their margin rapidly coming down on Côte des Rives.

A sudden acceleration spat riders out of the group, as Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) and Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos) slipped clear and quickly built a 20-second gap. That was the cue for Alaphilippe to kick out one kilometer from the top and start a pursuit of the duo, but on Montée de Champéry he ran out of steam and was reabsorbed by the first chasing group, from where he finished seventh.

The KOM jersey he secured thanks to his aggressive tactics and tenacity was another important notch that Julian added to his incredible 2019 roll of achievements – alongside Milano-Sanremo, Strade Bianche, and Flèche Wallonne – thus extending his lead at the top of the UCI Individual Classification.

“It’s been a hard race, but I’m very satisfied with my week of racing, which I end with a stage victory and the polka-dot jersey. I enjoyed wearing this special jersey and this motivated me to go in the front again today. After securing the KOM, I tried to go for the stage win, but eventually I paid for my efforts of going on the offensive on three consecutive days. I’m happy and satisfied with my form, and now I look forward to recovering before the Tour de France”, said the first rider in over two decades to hold the KOM titles at both the Critérium du Dauphiné and Grande Boucle.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
3:05:48
2 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
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3 Carl Fredrik Hagen
Lotto Soudal
0:50
4 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:12
5 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
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6 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
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7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:16
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:59
9 Xandro Meurisse
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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10 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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51 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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57 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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64 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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94 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
30:44:27
2 Tejay van Garderen
EF Education First
0:20
3 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:21
4 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
0:28
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:33
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
1:11
7 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:12
8 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
1:21
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
1:24
10 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
1:38
28 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:22
35 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:48
70 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
59:51
74 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:04:19
76 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05:34
1 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
82 pt
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen
Team Dimension Data
53 pt
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
49 pt
4 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
48 pt
5 Sam Bennett
BORA - hansgrohe
47 pt
6 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
39 pt
7 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
31 pt
8 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain Merida
31 pt
9 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
31 pt
10 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30 pt
22 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
23 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
39 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
30:47:44
2 Neilson Powless
Team Jumbo-Visma
11:42
3 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
16:02
4 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
24:31
5 Gianni Moscon
Team INEOS
24:42
6 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
32:55
7 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
33:34
8 Wout van Aert
Team Jumbo-Visma
41:52
9 Lennard Hofstede
Team Jumbo-Visma
47:17
10 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
49:38
16 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01:02
1 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
75 pt
2 Magnus Cort Nielsen
Astana Pro Team
25 pt
3 Wout Poels
Team INEOS
15 pt
4 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
14 pt
5 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
14 pt
6 Dylan van Baarle
Team INEOS
14 pt
7 Lennard Hofstede
Team Jumbo-Visma
14 pt
8 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
9 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
10 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
14 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
31 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Astana Pro Team 92:19:24
2 Team INEOS 12:58
3 Groupama - FDJ 13:22
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 18:38
5 Mitchelton-Scott 27:21
6 EF Education First 34:30
7 Movistar Team 37:47
8 Bahrain Merida 38:05
9 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 40:17
10 UAE-Team Emirates 49:52

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