The seventh stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was the queen stage of the race. After the start in Porte-de-Savoie, the race went over Col de la Madeleine, and Col du Mollard and ultimately took the riders to a mountain finish on Col de la Croix de Fer. With 4000m of elevation over a distance of 147km, it was a very hard day in the French Alps. Jai Hindley and Emanuel Buchmann arrived at the final climb in a select group of GC contenders. J. Vingegaard was in a class of his own in the finale and took another solo stage win. With a strong ride, Jai Hindley took 3rd and was able to make up some time in the overall. Ahead of tomorrow’s last stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné, Hindley sits in fourth overall, 12 seconds off the podium.
01 J. Vingegaard 4:15:47
02 A. Yates +0:41
03 J. Hindley +0:53
From the Finish Line
“As expected, it was a really tough day! I really like these long climbs and felt pretty good today. On the last climb no one was able to follow Vingegaard, but we had a good battle for the positions behind. I’m really happy to be on the podium today, it was not quite enough to move up to 3rd overall but still I’m very satisfied with my race. Again a big shoutout to my team mates, the boys are really doing a great job here! Another hard and exciting day coming up tomorrow, we’ll see what’s still possible in the GC - so better recover quickly from today!” Jai Hindley