Roglic and Van Aert at the Criterium du Dauphine (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)
After a largely quiet opening three days in terms of the general classification, the overall standings of the Critérium du Dauphiné have been upended for the first time at Wednesday’s stage 4 time trial.
Unsurprisingly, it’s Jumbo-Visma who have come out on top as the strongest team, once again showing themselves at the top of the standings during the 31.9km test from Montbrison to La Bâtie d’Urfé.
The team’s superstar all-rounder Wout van Aert is in yellow, his lead up to almost a minute after finishing a narrow second to Filippo Ganna on the day, while race favourite and team leader Primož Roglič lies in third, 56 seconds down, after finishing fifth.
His co-leader, Jonas Vingegaard, was the third ‘killer bee’ in the top 10, climbing up the rankings to fourth overall, 30 seconds behind Roglič. As a result, the team are primed, more than any other, to take advantage and secure what would be their first-ever overall victory at the race over the closing pair of mountain stages at the weekend.
Van Aert finished second among the lead group of 26 on the mini-summit finish at Chastreix-Sancy on Tuesday, though despite his hefty GC lead it’s unlikely he’ll remain in yellow through the end of Sunday’s closer atop the 11.3km, 9.2% inclines of the Plateau de Solaison, even if he might do so over the two HC-rated mountains on the road to Vaujany on stage 7.
Instead, it’s Roglič […]