Belgium’s Lotto Soudal rider Brent Van Moer won the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday, a first career victory in which he also took hold of the leader’s jersey, the young rider’s jersey and the king of the mountains jersey. With major stars such as Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte and Chris Froome on the roster and a mountainous itinerary, the Criterium du Dauphine is a key warm up for the Tour de France which embarks from Brest in four weeks.

Thomas won here in 2018 before going on to win the Tour, and is backed by some impressive firepower with Tao Geoghegan Hart, Richie Porte and Michal Kwiatkowski rolling with the Welshman.

Van Moer, part of an early breakaway over seven hills, resisted efforts to reel him in by the main peloton which was left to mass sprint for second place after the 113 mile stage.

It was a stunning result for the 23-year-old, who crashed out of the 2020 Dauphine on the very first day last August.

“I wanted to prove I can finish things off with a victory… and I’ve done it on the Dauphine,” he said after outlasting three other escapees.

Italian Sonny Colbrelli came across the line in second, 25 seconds off the pace.

Monday’s second stage sees riders tackle a 107 mile course between Brioude and Saugues, featuring two climbs in the final 9 miles.

The Dauphine has seven more stages and ends in the French alpine resort of Les Gets on Sunday.

Dylan Van Baarle (NED – Ineos Grenadiers)


1 VAN MOER Brent Lotto Soudal 4:13:00
2 COLBRELLI Sonny Bahrain – Victorious 0:25
3 VENTURINI Clément AG2R Citroën Team 0:25
4 STUYVEN Jasper Trek – Segafredo 0:25
5 GROVES Kaden Team BikeExchange 0:25
6 POLITT Nils BORA – hansgrohe 0:25
7 KWIATKOWSKI Michał INEOS Grenadiers 0:25
8 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:25
9 ARANBURU Alex Astana – Premier Tech 0:25
10 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team 0:25


Chris Froome (GBR – Israel Start-Up Nation)
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