Critérium du Dauphiné

Stage 2) Brioude – Saugues

FR France Monday 31 May 2021 173 km

Critérium du Dauphiné: A solid day at the front for Archbold

Critérium du Dauphiné: A solid day at the front for Archbold

Five classified climbs, including two second-category ones, meant the general classification was in for a shake-up at the race, but by the time everything was done and dusted, the gaps between the favourites were the same, as the peloton kept its powder dry for the big mountain stages coming towards the end of the week.

After having Ian Garrison in the break on the opening day, our team was again in the thick of the action, this time with Shane Archbold. The 2020 New Zealand National Champion, making his second appearance of the season in a World Tour race, jumped from the field soon after the start together with four other riders, opening a gap of five minutes between them and the peloton. Shane put in some solid turns at the front of the group, and even attacked inside the last 40 kilometers, forcing an important selection, but the tough gradients of Côte de la forêt de Pourcheresse eventually took its toll on the hard-working Kiwi, who lost contact with his breakaway companion and got caught by the bunch.

“I made the right breakaway and wanted to be there and fight for victory, but the finale was a bit too hard for me, not to mention that I got dropped by a much lighter guy. When I joined the group, I knew that the odds weren’t on my side, but had nothing to lose so I just did my best and tried to hang in there for as much as possible. At the end of the day, I’m pretty satisfied, knowing I gave everything out there”, said Shane in Saugues, where the stage concluded.

The last survivor of the breakaway, Lukas Postlberger (Bora-hansgrohe) won for a handful of seconds, ahead of a reduced peloton from where Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Kasper Asgreen sprinted to fourth on the day. The Danish Champion moved a couple of positions in the GC and sits now just outside the podium.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski / Getty Images

Race details

1 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
4:25:20
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:11
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:11
4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:11
5 Sven Erik Bystrøm
UAE-Team Emirates
0:11
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:11
7 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
0:11
8 Greg Van Avermaet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:11
9 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:11
10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:11
126 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:25
127 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:25
133 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:25
134 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:25
136 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:53
DNF Ian Garrison
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-04:25:20
1 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
8:38:32
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:12
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:20
4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:24
5 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
0:24
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:24
7 Michael Valgren Andersen
EF Education - Nippo
0:24
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:24
9 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:24
10 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
0:24
113 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:49
119 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:29
133 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:09
139 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:12
140 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:12
1 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
44 pt
2 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
35 pt
3 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
29 pt
4 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
26 pt
6 Clément Venturini
AG2R Citroën Team
20 pt
7 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
8 Alex Aranburu Deba
Astana - Premier Tech
16 pt
9 Sven Erik Bystrøm
UAE-Team Emirates
16 pt
10 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange
16 pt
1 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
13 pt
2 Lukas Pöstlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
12 pt
3 Brent Van Moer
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
4 Anthony Delaplace
Team Arkéa Samsic
9 pt
5 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
3 pt
7 Carlos Rodriguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2 pt
8 Cyril Gautier
2 pt
9 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1 pt
10 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
1 pt
1 Ilan Van Wilder
Team DSM
8:38:56
2 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
3 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
4 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
0:00
5 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
6 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
7 Felix Gall
Team DSM
0:00
8 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
9 Kevin Vermaerke
Team DSM
0:20
10 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
0:20
41 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:48
1 BORA - hansgrohe 25:56:37
2 Astana - Premier Tech 0:11
3 Movistar Team 0:11
4 INEOS Grenadiers 0:11
5 AG2R Citroën Team 0:11
6 Groupama - FDJ 0:11
7 Bahrain - Victorious 0:22
8 Team DSM 0:31
9 Array 0:32
10 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 1:44

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