Dutch youngster Koen Bouwman victorious in Dauphine
Jun 06 2017 10:20 pm CET

Dutch youngster Koen Bouwman victorious in Dauphine

Koen Bouwman of LottoNL-Jumbo has won the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. The Dutchman had the better legs in a sprint of six after an early breakaway.

At 184 kilometers, the third stages was the longest of this year's edition of the Criterium du Dauphine. The route from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to Tullins included one climb of the third category and three of the fourth, none of which difficult enough to truly affect the outcome.

A group of six riders spent most of the day ahead of the pack. Team LottoNL-Jumbo was represented by two of its riders, Koen Bouwman and Alexey Vermeulen. Another two riders, Quentin Pacher and Evaldas Siskevicius, displayed the colors of Delko Marseille Provence KTM. The remaining two riders were Bryan Nauleau of Direct Energie and Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Frederik Backaert.

The six built an advantage of just under seven minutes and still had a gap of about two minutes with 20 kilometers to go. Ten kilometers later, the peloton had only managed to reduce the gap by 30 seconds as those in front began to believe in a positive outcome of their adventure.

The leaders focused on their collective task until the end and never really played games in an attempt to gain an advantage ahead of the final sprint.

Bouwman initiated the sprint and had so much power left in his legs that it proved to be too much for any of his companions to fight back and surpass the Duchman, allowing the 23-year-old LottoNL-Jumbo rider to take the victory. Siskevicius and Backaert completed the top three.

Belgian Thomas De Gendt of Lotto-Soudal remains in the overall lead.
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