Critérium du Dauphiné: Dan Martin wins in Valmorel

08 June 2018 03:32
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) won stage 5 of Critérium du Dauphiné at Valmorel, while Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) moved into the overall lead after placing second behind the Irishman atop the hors categorie climb to the finish. Martin chose his moment sagely when he launched a forceful attack with a shade under three kilometres to go, shortly after Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had splintered the front group with a probing move that only Thomas, Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Martin could immediately follow. When the pace briefly abated, Martin punched his way clear and quickly established a lead over the remnants of the front group, where Team Sky's Tao Geoghegan Hart delivered another impressive cameo on this Dauphiné by taking control in support of Thomas. Their teammate and overnight leader Gianni Moscon, meanwhile, was among those irretrievably jettisoned off the back, with the Italian conceding over a minute by the summit.ADVERTISEMENT "I knew that if I attacked, they might let me go because I was a little bit further back on general classification after the team time trial, so I took the opportunity," Martin said afterwards. "I saw everyone was in the red after Yates attacked and I thought I'd try. I was surprised how strong I was in the last three kilometres there." Martin's 13-second lead as he approached the flamme rouge had all the appearances of a winning margin, but he had to withstand a late fightback from Thomas, who accelerated viciously once Geoghegan Hart had swung off. Bardet was the only rider able to track Thomas' move, but his resistance was short-lived, as the Welshman pulled away from him in the big ring and proceeded to make dramatic inroads into Martin's lead as the road levelled out nearer the summit. How it unfolded You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News