Julian Alaphilippe wins first mountain stage in Dauphine
Jun 07 2018 05:46 pm CET

Julian Alaphilippe wins first mountain stage in Dauphine
Julian Alaphilippe wins first mountain stage in Dauphine
Photo of Julian Alaphilippe (c)Sigfrid Eggers

Julian Alaphilippe of Quick-Step Floors has won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. Gianni Moscon is the new overall leader.

On the fifth day of racing in the Dauphine, the riders faced a 181km stage from Chazey-sur-Ain to Lans-en-Vercors. The course included a hors-category climb with summit at 38 kilometers from the finish, followed by a final ascent of the second category.

After a fast first hour, a breakaway of eight riders was formed with riders like Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bryan Coquard and Dario Cataldo. The latter was the 'last man standing' and was only reeled back in with less than a kilometer to go.

Four riders led the action at that point, with Alaphilippe, Daniel Martin, Geraint Thomas and Romain Bardet ready to compete for the victory.

At the finish, Alaphilippe used his up-hill sprinting skills to beat his rivals and take the victory. Martin took second place ahead of Thomas.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski, defending his Yellow Jersey, finished at 17 seconds and lost the overall lead to teammate Gianni Moscon who crossed the line at just eight seconds from the stage winner.

In the classification, the Italian is now six seconds ahead of both Kwiatkowski and Thomas. Alaphilippe moves up to fourth place at 48 seconds.



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