CRITERIUM DE DAUPHINE, THE FINALE
The old Aussie finally gets his due
Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) held on to his yellow and blue jersey after a final stage dominated by Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious), who claimed in Les Gets his second victory in a row.
The Ukrainian climber impressed again on the Col de Joux-Plane 24 hours after dominating the climb to La Plagne. This time, he spent the whole day in the breakaway, also claiming the polka-dot jersey, and dropped all his companions with 27.5km to go. In the GC battle, Miguel Angel Lopez (Movistar) and Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) attacked Richie Porte on the final climb of the day, but they couldn’t shake up the collective strength from Ineos Grenadiers.
The downhill was much more complicated, with Alexey Lutsenko and Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) accelerating and Geraint Thomas hitting the deck. But Porte managed to keep things under control to become the second Australian winner of the Dauphiné, after Phil Anderson did so in 1985. Porte was born that same year… He is now the oldest winner in the history of the race.
1. Mark Padun (Bahrain Victorious) in 04h06’49’’
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo – Visma) at 1’36’’
3. Patrick Konrad (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
1. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) in 29h37’05’’
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana – Premier Tech) at 17”
3. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) at 29″