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Primoz Roglic has taken the lead in the Critérium du Dauphiné. In the stage that took the riders over several Alp giants, the Slovenian attacked and only had the last remaining fugitive Carlos Verona ahead of him. Jonas Vingegaard also finished on the podium, in the wake of Roglic.
The riders had to climb from the start. A group of twenty riders broke away and took a lead of a few minutes on the Col du Galibier. Team Jumbo-Visma took control and also rode attentively in front on the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. Just below the summit, yellow jersey wearer Wout van Aert set his own pace. Another mountain followed a long descent: the short but vicious climb to the finish in Vaujany.
Team Jumbo-Visma dominated on the final climb as well. With three kilometres to go, Vingegaard increased the pace and had Roglic in his wheel. Only a handful of riders could keep up with the duo’s pace. The competition had to pass when the Slovenian accelerated once again. Roglic came a few metres short of the stage win but took over the yellow leader's jersey from teammate Van Aert. Thanks to his podium place, Vingegaard moved up to second place in the general classification. Sunday is the French race’s final stage.
"I enjoyed this stage"
"I enjoyed this stage”, Roglic said. "In this region, I won my first Tour stage a few years ago. Today it went well too. Winning the stage was not the main priority, but it's a shame I missed the victory by a hair. Carlos deserved the stage win the most. The team did an excellent job and Jonas rode an impressive stage. I regard tomorrow's stage as the queen stage. Of course I want to defend my leader's jersey. It is certainly not a done deal yet, so we must be on our guard. I came to this Dauphiné to get a good feeling. We are on the right track with the team towards the upcoming goals. I still improve every day and feel my legs are getting stronger. That is a good sign.”