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Van Aert also finishes second in time trial Critérium du Dauphiné

Van Aert also finishes second in time trial Critérium du Dauphiné

Wout van Aert has extended his lead in the general classification of the Critérium du Dauphiné by finishing second in the time trial. Only world champion Filippo Ganna managed to beat him. At the finish line, the Italian proved two seconds faster. Primoz Roglic (fifth) and Jonas Vingegaard (seventh) also finished in the top ten.

The 31.9-kilometre time trial course was considered right up the specialists' alley. Stage winner Ganna set a strong time early in the day. It was then up to Vingegaard to set a target time for the favourites for the general classification, which he did well. Roglic recorded some sharp intermediate times but came just short of a podium. Meanwhile, a real game of seconds developed between Van Aert and Ganna. At the first intermediate point, the Belgian recorded the best time, but the Italian ultimately turned out to be the fastest.

"I am satisfied with my shape"

Wout van Aert

"I am satisfied with this result", Van Aert said. "A time trial is usually an accurate reflection of the balance of power. The gap is small, but Filippo has deservedly won. It's no shame to narrowly lose to the world champion. I probably lost some ground after the second waypoint. I fought back strongly, but unfortunately I came up just short. I am satisfied with my shape. So far, I'm pleased with my Dauphiné. I have been able to compete for the stage win every day. I hope to do the same in the next few days and hold on to the yellow leader's jersey for a while."

"Mentally, I'm fine"

Primoz Roglic

Roglic moved up to third in the GC with his fifth place in the time trial, just ahead of teammate Vingegaard. "It was a tough time trial. I would have preferred a little more altitude on the way, but I think I did pretty well on this course. I pushed myself to the limit. Mentally, I'm fine. I'm looking forward to the weekend with some mountains on the programme. First of all, it is important to survive the next two stages. We have a strong team. We can show even more beautiful things in the coming days."

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