Monday, 22 October, 2018

Alaphilippe wins Dauphine stage four, Moscon takes overall lead

Astana's Cataldo wins mountain jersey at Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 4 Dan Martin takes stage 5 at the Criterium du Dauphine
Cassandra Castillo | 10 June, 2018, 21:26

Although Thomas gained a four-second time bonus, the yellow jersey actually shifted onto the shoulders of his teammate and best young rider Gianni Moscon, who came into the stage just three seconds behind Kwiatkowski.

So, I made a decision to work as hard as possible for a stage victory.

"These four days in the mountains are the hardest four days I would have raced I think in a one-week stage race", said the 32-year-old Thomas. "I'll enjoy tomorrow, or I'll try to enjoy it in the jersey and defend it but it's super hard". It's super hard and anything can happen but so far so good. The Dauphine is the main warm-up race for the July 7-29 Tour de France.

Fellow Briton Adam Yates finished third to climb to sixth overall, while Martin's victory sees him move up to 14th overall, two minutes 26 seconds behind the leader.

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In the final steep climb Martin, trailing the overall leaders by nearly three minutes, was allowed to escape as the overall contenders eyed each-other. The latter was the "last man standing" and was only reeled back in with less than a kilometer to go.

He crossed in 4 hours 26min 58sec in front of Martin and Thomas.

"I'm in better condition than I expected", he added, before playing down the significance of his 16-month win drought.

It will culminate in another summit finish.

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