Thomas De Gendt victorious at first stage of Criterium du Dauphine
Jun 04 2017 03:25 pm CET

Thomas De Gendt victorious at first stage of Criterium du Dauphine

Thomas De Gendt has taken the victory at the first stage of the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine. The rider crossed the finish line solo after riding the last kilometers on his own.

The stage was 170.5 kilometers long with start and finish in Saint-Etienne. It was a hilly route with three climbs of the fourth category, four of the third and one of the second.

The day started with an escape of around twenty riders, though more than half of them were dropped in the next few kilometers. Seven men, including Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) formed the escape group and managed to get an advantage of more than six minutes over the peloton.

Behind them, teams like Orica-Scott and Dimension Data took turns at the head of the peloton to increase the speed and catch the escapees.

During the penultimate ascent, De Gendt tried his luck and set a harder pace, which only Domont could follow. But on the last uphill stretch, the French rider couldn't keep up with the Belgian and was dropped at a few kilometers from the finish.

De Gendt arrived alone to the finish line and could add this stage victory to the ones he has taken at the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and Paris-Nice. Domont was second at 44 seconds from the Belgian. Diego Ulissi (UAE-Team Emirates) and Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) completed the top five of the day.
Photo of Thomas de Gendt by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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