Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas extends total lead
Workforce Sky’s Geraint Thomas prolonged his lead on the Criterium du Dauphine by ending second within the French race’s penultimate stage.
Astana’s Pello Bilbao got here by late on to win the gruelling 110km sixth stage, which featured 4 main climbs and a summit end.
Thomas completed 21 seconds behind Bilbao however has elevated his total benefit to 1 minute and 29 seconds.
“I at all times felt in management, I at all times felt fairly good,” the Welshman stated.
“Nonetheless, I did not wish to get too carried away on the ultimate climb. It is simple to underestimate how far there may be to go and I did not wish to go too early, die off and lose time.
“Clearly there is a large day tomorrow as effectively, so I attempted to do the minimal after which on the finish, I simply thought, ‘I am going to go for it and see what occurs’.
“I managed to get just a few extra bonus seconds, which is sweet.”
Sunday’s seventh and last 136km stage ends within the ski resort of Le Bettex.
English rider Adam Yates, of the Mitchelton-Scott group, is second within the total standings after ending fifth on Saturday, whereas fourth for France’s Romain Bardet moved him as much as third total.
In the meantime, BMC Racing Workforce received the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.
The group accomplished the 18.3km group time-trial circuit course in 20 minutes and 18 seconds. Sunweb completed in second place in a time of 20:37, with Fast Step in third with 20:45.
BMC’s Stefan Kung was the primary to cross the end line, that means he’ll take the yellow jersey when the group traces up for Sunday’s 155km second stage.
Criterium du Dauphine stage six outcome
1. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Professional Workforce) 3hrs 34minutes 11secs
2. Geraint Thomas (Wal/Workforce Sky) +21secs
3. Daniel Martin (Irl/UAE Workforce Emirates) +23secs
4. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) Identical time
5. Adam Yates (Eng/Mitchelton-Scott) +26secs
1. Geraint Thomas (Wal/Workforce Sky) 20hrs 51minutes 19secs
2. Adam Yates (Eng/Mitchelton-Scott) +1min 29secs
3. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +2mins 1sec
4. Daniel Martin (Irl/UAE Workforce Emirates) +2mins 30secs
5. Damiano Caruso (Ita/BMC Racing Workforce) +2mins 39secs