Contenders climb up GC after Dauphine TT

02 Jun 2021

Contenders climb up GC after Dauphine TT

Criterium du Dauphine - Stage 4 » Firminy › Roche-La-Molière ITT, 16.4km

Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas set the sixth and 10th fastest times respectively in the Criterium du Dauphine time trial.

The Grenadiers duo ensured they head into the mountains in a strong position, with Porte moving up to seventh on the GC, just 16 seconds back on continued leader Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe). Thomas remains in eighth, eight seconds back on his teammate with four stages still to go.

Michal Kwiatkowski put in a solid time to take 11th on his birthday,  with Astana's Alexey Lutsenko securing victory on the day.

Thomas was the fastest rider through the intermediate split at 7.5 kilometres, but the Welshman admitted after the stage that he'd done out too hard.

He said: "My pacing was a bit too aggressive really for what I had today.

"It's not the type of course where you want to be hanging on for the last seven or eight km. I'm there or thereabouts so it's all still to play for."

Listen to Geraint's full reaction here:
Overall standings:

1. Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) 12:57:07
2. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Premier Tech) +1"
3. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +9"
4. Ion Izagirre (Astana-Premier Tech) s.t.
5. Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) +13"
7. Richie Porte (INEOS Grenadiers) +16"
8. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) +24"