Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) wore the white jersey from the time trial, until stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné, and while he handed over the jersey later and finished (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
Ethan Hayter is a rider still in search of his limits, and he came no closer to reaching them at the Critérium du Dauphiné .
The 23-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider gave Wout van Aert a run for his money in the sprints and placed an impressive third in the mid-race time trial, but we already knew he had those talents. What we didn’t know was the he can climb mountains.
On Saturday, Hayter , who has never ridden at altitude, held firm over the Col du Galibier and Col de la Croix de Fer, two beasts of the Alps that rise over 2000 metres, only dropping when the pace picked up on the steep final climb to Vaujany. He crossed the line in 20th place, losing the white jersey but doing better than anyone expected.
He suffered a little more on Sunday’s hors-catégorie summit finish at the Plateau de Solaison, struggling with the heat, but still managed 25th place to seal 15th place on the final classification.
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