Edvald Boasson Hagen of Dimension Data has won the first stage of Criterium du Dauphine.  Boasson Hagen out-sprinted Philippe Gilbert of Deceuninck-Quick Step and Wout Van Aert of Jumbo-Visma in the opening stage of one of the final two big stage races before the Tour de France.

Stage 1 of the Criterium du Dauphine took the riders on a 142km trek from Aurillac to Jussac that was expected to end in a sprint finish; although featuring a few rolling climbs that would make life interesting for the sprinters.  A high calibre start list featured a host of GC contenders including four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Team Ineos, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale, Adam Yates of Mitchelton-SCOTT, Dan Martin of UAE Team Emirates, Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-Quick Step, Jakob Fuglsang, Nairo Quintana of Movistar, Thibaut Pinot of Grouapama-FDJ and more.

Dion Smith (third from right) ready to go for the first stage of the Dauphine, photo Sirotti

New Zealanders Dion Smith of Mitchelton-SCOTT and Shane Archbold of BORA-Hansgrohe both lined up for the opening stage of racing.  For Archbold the Criterium du Dauphine is the latest in a busy schedule of racing that has included the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Tour de Romandie, Hammer Stavanger and Rund um Köln.  Dion Smith’s calendar has been much quieter by contrast, with the Aucklander not having raced for a month since pulling out of the Tour de Romandie at the beginning of May.

The break of the day estabished after 10km with Julien Vermote of Dimension Data, Casper Pedersen of Team Sunweb, Oliver Naesen of AG2R La Mondiale, Magnus Cort of Astana, Fabien Doubey of Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Nikals Eg of Trek-Segafredo forming the move.  The break reached a lead of about 3.15mins but with BORA-Hansgrohe on the front of the peloton and trying to line up Sam Bennett for the sprint their advantage had been cut to just under 2 minutes with 36km to go.  

Magnus Cort, Bjorg Lambrecht and Oliver Naesen were the last men standing from the day’s breakaway, photo Sirotti

With 27km to go Mitchelton-SCOTT were well positioned with Dion Smith in the thick of the action  behind the BORA-Hansgrohe train that continued to lead the peloton with support from Bahrain-Merida and Deceuninck-Quick Step.  Approaching 20km to go Team Ineos and Groupama-FDJ began to marshal their riders at the front of the race and as the break hit the final climb of the day the numbers dwindled at the head of the race, but it was a massive attack from Deceuninck-Quick Step that blitzed the field and saw many riders hanging on for dear life as the wolf pack looked to set up Julian Alaphilippe.

Zdenek Stybar made the initial surge at the head of the peloton but after he dropped off Alaphilippe looked around; appearing to be unimpressed by the number of riders still present.  The intensity had resulted in almost the entire advantage of the breakaway being hauled back.  With 19.7km to go only Cort, Doubey and Naesen were left, but Doubey was next to go as Bjorg Lambrecht of Lotto Soudal attacked from the peloton with an impressive turn of pace.  Lambrecht jumped over to Naesen and Cort with the two original escapees battling to stay with the new addition to the move.

Behind them Team Ineos took control of the peloton as Labrecht led the way over the category 2 ascent and the descent towards the finish began.  The leading trio worked well on the descent to extend their lead to 38 seconds as behind them Mitchelton-SCOTT decided to up the tempo in a bid to bring things back.  It looked for a time as if the break might cause an upset; with 5km to go the break’s lead was still a healthy 22 seconds but eventually the pendulum swung back in favour of the break with Mitchelton-SCOTT doing a sterling job to bring the break back to heel.

Edvald Boasson Hagen gest the better of Philippe Gilbert and Wout Van Aert to win stage 1, photo Sirotti

With 4km to go the gap had come down to 15 seconds with Labrecht, Cort and Naesen racing along at 57kph.  The tension was high and even with 2km to go it wasn’t certain which was the stage would go.  The peloton’s advantage was the fact that they could easily see the break on the long, straight, open road; and finally that advantage paid as CCC, Jumbo-Visma, Deceuninck-Quick Step and Dimension Data led the catch that was made with less than 600m to go.

Deceuninck-Quick Step ended up leading out the sprint for Philippe Gilbert with Edvald Boasson Hagen perfectly positioned to strike in the sprint for the line.  After coming around the outside on the final bend the Norwegian made light work of Van Aert and accelerated passed Gilbert to take the stage; his fifth Dauphine stage of his career, and his third of the season.

Edvald Boasson Hagen dons the first leader’s jersey of this year’s race, photo Sirotti

Stage results:

RankLast NameFirst NameCountryTeamResult
1HAGENEdvald BoassonNOR       TEAM DIMENSION DATA3:24:33
2GILBERTPhilippeBEL       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +0
3VAN AERTWoutBEL       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+0
4POLITTNilsGER       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+0
5MÜHLBERGERGregorAUT       BORA – HANSGROHE+0
6COLBRELLISonnyITA       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+0
7KOCHJonasGER       CCC TEAM+0
8LUTSENKOAlexeyKAZ       ASTANA PRO TEAM+0
9COSNEFROYBenoitFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+0
10KWIATKOWSKIMichalPOL       TEAM INEOS+0
11BUCHMANNEmanuelGER       BORA – HANSGROHE+0
12QUINTANANairoCOL       MOVISTAR TEAM+0
13MARTINGuillaumeFRA       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+0
14BETTIOLAlbertoITA       EF EDUCATION FIRST+0
15VANHOUCKEHarmBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL+0
16IMPEYDarylRSA       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+0
17EIKINGOdd ChristianNOR       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+0
18STORKFlorianGER       TEAM SUNWEB+0
19MOLARDRudyFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+0
20MOSCONGianniITA       TEAM INEOS+0
21HAGENCarl FredrikNOR       
+0
22ALAPHILIPPEJulianFRA       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +0
23BOHORQUEZ SANCHEZHernandoCOL       ASTANA PRO TEAM+0
24MEURISSEXandroBEL       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+0
25VAN GARDERENTejayUSA       EF EDUCATION FIRST+0
26VALLS FERRIRafaelESP       MOVISTAR TEAM+0
27LAMBRECHTBjorgBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL+0
28HAIGJackAUS       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+0
29POELSWoutNED       TEAM INEOS+0
30SEPULVEDAEduardoARG       MOVISTAR TEAM+0
31WOODSMichaelCAN       EF EDUCATION FIRST+0
32BARDETRomainFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+0
33FROOMEChrisGBR       TEAM INEOS+0
34GAUDUDavidFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+0
35PETILLISimoneITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+0
36IZAGIRRE INSAUSTIGorkaESP       ASTANA PRO TEAM+0
37NIELSENMagnus CortDEN       ASTANA PRO TEAM+0
38PAUWELSSergeBEL       CCC TEAM+0
39FUGLSANGJakobDEN       ASTANA PRO TEAM+0
40FERNANDEZRubenESP       MOVISTAR TEAM+0
41DUMOULINTomNED       TEAM SUNWEB+0
42PORTERichieAUS       TREK – SEGAFREDO+0
43YATESAdamGBR       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+0
44MUÑOZ LANCHEROSCristian CamiloCOL       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+0
45PINOTThibautFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+0
46TEUNSDylanBEL       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+0
47EDETNicolasFRA       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+0
48MARTINDanielIRL       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+0
49CHERELMikaelFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+0
50BARGUILWarrenFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+0
51ROSSKOPFJosephUSA       CCC TEAM+0
52KRUIJSWIJKStevenNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+0
53DE MARCHIAlessandroITA       CCC TEAM+0
54KUSSSeppUSA       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+0
55CRASSteffBEL       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+0
56PERNSTEINERHermannAUT       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+0
57VAN BAARLEDylanNED       TEAM INEOS+0
58REICHENBACHSébastienSUI       GROUPAMA – FDJ+0
59VERONA QUINTANILLACarlosESP       MOVISTAR TEAM+0
60GENIEZAlexandreFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+0
61TRATNIKJanSLO       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+0
62NAESENOliverBEL       AG2R LA MONDIALE+12
63HOFSTEDELennardNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+24
64HOWSONDamienAUS       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+27
65SCHULTZNicholasAUS       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+34
66DOUBEYFabienFRA       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+3:45
67PACHERQuentinFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+3:50
68STETINAPeterUSA       TREK – SEGAFREDO+3:50
69BERHANENatnaelERI       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+3:50
70ATAPUMA HURTADOJhon DarwinCOL       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+3:50
71BERNASPawelPOL       CCC TEAM+3:50
72CAVAGNARémiFRA       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +3:50
73GUERREIRORubenPOR       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+3:50
74OWENLoganUSA       EF EDUCATION FIRST+3:50
75BOUETMaximeFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+3:50
76NIEUWENHUISJorisNED       TEAM SUNWEB+3:50
77BERNARDJulienFRA       TREK – SEGAFREDO+3:50
78ARMEESanderBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL+3:50
79DE BODStefanRSA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+3:50
80LADAGNOUSMatthieuFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+3:50
81ROSSETTOStéphaneFRA       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+3:50
82DELAPLACEAnthonyFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+3:50
83POWLESSNeilsonUSA       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+3:50
84RAVASIEdwardITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+3:50
85CLARKESimonAUS       EF EDUCATION FIRST+3:50
86SKUJINSTomsLAT       TREK – SEGAFREDO+3:50
87KEUKELEIREJensBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL+3:50
88OLIVEIRANelsonPOR       MOVISTAR TEAM+3:50
89GONÇALVESJoséPOR       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+3:50
90ROUXAnthonyFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+3:50
91VENTURINIClementFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+3:50
92LAENGENVegard StakeNOR       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+3:50
93HANSENJesperDEN       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+3:50
94PEDERSENCasper PhillipDEN       TEAM SUNWEB+3:50
95POWERRobAUS       TEAM SUNWEB+3:50
96MAISONJérémyFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+3:50
97GOUGEARDAlexisFRA       AG2R LA MONDIALE+3:50
98VAKOČPetrCZE       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +3:50
99DE CLERCQBartBEL       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+4:54
100KIRYIENKAVasilBLR       TEAM INEOS+6:16
101JANSE VAN RENSBURGJacques WillemRSA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+6:16
102SOUPEGeoffreyFRA       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+6:16
103DLAMININicholasRSA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+6:16
104SMITHDionNZL       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+6:16
105MEZGECLukaSLO       MITCHELTON – SCOTT+6:16
106DE KORTKoenNED       TREK – SEGAFREDO+6:16
107MERTZRemyBEL       LOTTO SOUDAL+6:16
108EGNiklasDEN       TREK – SEGAFREDO+6:16
109STANNARDIanGBR       TEAM INEOS+10:46
110DOWSETTAlexGBR       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+10:46
111THEUNSEdwardBEL       TREK – SEGAFREDO+10:46
112MARCZYNSKITomaszPOL       LOTTO SOUDAL+10:46
113DEBUSSCHEREJensBEL       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+10:46
114DECLERCQTimBEL       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +10:46
115MINNAARDMarcoNED       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+10:46
116DEGANDThomasBEL       WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM+10:46
117GROSSSCHARTNERFelixAUT       BORA – HANSGROHE+10:46
118BENEDETTICesareITA       BORA – HANSGROHE+10:46
119SUTHERLANDRoryAUS       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+10:46
120WHELANJamesAUS       EF EDUCATION FIRST+10:46
121BAGOTYoannFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+10:46
122ŠTYBARZdeněkCZE       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +10:46
123LEDANOISKevinFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+10:46
124FRÖHLINGERJohannesGER       TEAM SUNWEB+10:46
125PFINGSTENChristophGER       BORA – HANSGROHE+10:46
126BENNETTSamIRL       BORA – HANSGROHE+10:46
127PADUNMarkUKR       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+10:46
128PIBERNIKLukaSLO       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+10:46
129CAMMaximeFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+10:46
130COURTEILLEArnaudFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+10:46
131BONNETWilliamFRA       GROUPAMA – FDJ+10:46
132HOULEHugoCAN       ASTANA PRO TEAM+10:46
133SCHMIDT WÜRTZMadsDEN       TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN+10:46
134EENKHOORNPascalNED       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+10:46
135BALLERINIDavideITA       ASTANA PRO TEAM+10:46
136TEN DAMLaurensNED       CCC TEAM+10:46
137ZOIDLRiccardoAUT       CCC TEAM+14:59
138FENGChun KaiTPE       BAHRAIN – MERIDA+14:59
139ERVITIImanolESP       MOVISTAR TEAM+14:59
140WYNANTSMaartenBEL       TEAM JUMBO – VISMA+14:59
141TROIAOlivieroITA       UAE TEAM EMIRATES+14:59
142GREIPELAndréGER       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+14:59
143BOUHANNINacerFRA       COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS+14:59
144HODEG CHAGUIAlvaro JoseCOL       DECEUNINCK  –  QUICK – STEP +14:59
145MANZINLorrenzoFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+14:59
146VAN DEN BERGJuliusNED       EF EDUCATION FIRST+14:59
147VACHONFlorianFRA       TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC+14:59
148VENTERJacoRSA       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+14:59
149VERMOTEJulienBEL       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+14:59
150TUSVELDMartijnNED       TEAM SUNWEB+14:59
151ROLLANDPierreFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+14:59
152GAUTIERCyrilFRA       VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS+14:59
153CUMMINGSStephenGBR       TEAM DIMENSION DATA+14:59
154ARCHBOLDShaneNZL       BORA – HANSGROHE+14:59

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