Duo move up at the Dauphine

10 Jun 2019

Duo move up at the Dauphine

Criterium du Dauphine – Stage two: Mauriac – Craponne-sur-Arzon, 180km

Chris Froome and Wout Poels climbed into the top 10 at the Criterium du Dauphine following a tough second stage.
The duo forced their way into an elite GC selection on the final climb of the day, combining to shut down attacks before crossing the line together. The result saw Poels and Froome move up to seventh and eighth overall respectively, 24 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida).
With tough rainy conditions and over 3000 metres of climbing on the day, the stage had the feel of a one-day Classic, with hard racing from the off. Team INEOS were immediately pressured into action as a dangerous early move went on the day’s first climb.
Michal Kwiatkowski jumped clear to cover an early move on the Cote des Moussages before eventually returning to the peloton. An extremely strong group of 13 riders, including Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), forged on and the team worked hard to peg the gap.

Ian Stannard, Vasil Kiryienka and Dylan van Baarle got through a lot of work on the front, ensuring the move never got a significant advantage. A hard pace saw the peloton split, and as things came back together on the final climb yet more attacks followed.
Kwiatkowski pushed hard on the front, allowing Froome and Poels to follow when the late attacks fired. The eventual group, featuring the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), finished 13 seconds behind Teuns and Guillaume Martin (Wanty Gobert).
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

It’s fantastic that they were able to control it the way we did. In the end for us to pull that break back was really important.
- Chris Froome
“It was definitely a much harder day in reality than on paper. With guys like Buchmann and Tom Dumoulin going into the break it obviously put a lot of pressure on us behind. There was a big workload to deal with today and not much flat – it was always up and down. I think the guys rode fantastically to hold it for that long. Education First came and helped a bit towards the end but the lion’s share was on the Team INEOS guys. It’s fantastic that they were able to control it the way we did. In the end for us to pull that break back was really important.
“I felt a bit better than I did yesterday now the race is settling into the legs a little bit. It’s still early days. Today was tough but it was more punchy Ardennes-style racing as opposed to mountain racing. There’s still the lion’s share of the race to come.”
- Wout Poels
“It’s always nice to be up there, especially as it's been a while since my last race at Liege. Sometimes it takes me a little bit of time in the first couple of days to get back into a race. But yesterday I was feeling good and today too.
“We controlled the stage really well and rode very strongly as a team. I think that was quite impressive. Chris looked really strong too. It was long, hard and wet but it was a good day all in all!”

Stage two result:

1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) 4:12:41
2. Guillaume Martin (Wanty Gobert) s.t.
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +13"
4. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
5. Michael Woods (EF Education First)
9. Wout Poels (Team INEOS)
11. Chris Froome (Team INEOS)

Overall standings:

1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) 7:37:03
2. Guillaume Martin (Wanty Groupe Goubert) +3"
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +20"
4. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) +21"
5. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +24"
7. Wout Poels (Team INEOS) s.t.
8. Chris Froome (Team INEOS)