Primoz Roglic seized the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine after finishing second, 13 seconds behind Carlos Verona in a grueling Alpine slog on Saturday. Slovenian Roglic launched a sudden attack on the last of three climbs and now leads his teammate Jonas Vingegard by 44 seconds in the overall standings. Australian Ben O’Connor was third on the stage and climbed to third overall at 1:14. Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart finished a few seconds adrift. For Verona it was his first ever professional win on a day in the sun and that finished among patches of snow atop Alpine giant Col du Galibier at 8600 feet.
“We were here recently with the team for a reconnaissance ride,” Verona said of the Galibier climb that features on July 14 Tour de France stage.
Sunday’s final test culminates on a 6 mile climb with a 9 percent gradient on an 85 mile stage with two category 1 climbs.
CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS
|1||Carlos VERONA||Movistar Team||3:53:35|
|4||Ben O’CONNOR||AG2R Citroën Team||0:27|
|5||Tobias JOHANNESSEN||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||0:39|
|6||Esteban CHAVES||EF Education-EasyPost||0:40|
|7||David GAUDU||Groupama – FDJ||0:40|
|8||Louis MEINTJES||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:40|
|9||Tao GEOGHEGAN HART||INEOS Grenadiers||0:48|
|10||Jack HAIG||Bahrain – Victorious||0:56|
CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE 2022 STANDINGS
|3||Ben O’CONNOR||AG2R Citroën Team||1:24|
|4||Tao GEOGHEGAN HART||INEOS Grenadiers||1:30|
|5||Damiano CARUSO||Bahrain – Victorious||1:32|
|6||David GAUDU||Groupama – FDJ||1:40|
|7||Tobias JOHANNESSEN||Uno-X Pro Cycling Team||2:05|
|8||Matteo JORGENSON||Movistar Team||2:06|
|9||Jack HAIG||Bahrain – Victorious||2:12|
|10||Louis MEINTJES||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||2:16|
RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency