Primoz Roglic and teammate Jonas Vingegaard pull clear
Danish rider given stage win and finishes second overall
Primoz Roglic underlined his credentials as one of the favourites for the Tour de France this year by winning the Critérium du Dauphiné. With his Slovenian compatriot and two-times Tour winner Tadej Pogacar absent for this race, Roglic cruised to victory on the back of a dominant showing by Jumbo-Visma on the mountainous stages.
With nobody able to match their pace on the final climb, Roglic and his teammate Jonas Vingegaard crossed the finish line holding hands, the Danish rider taking the stage win and second place overall.
The Jumbo-Visma duo were in the breakaway group of riders on the eighth and final stage – a 137.5km ride from Saint-Alban-Leysse to a summit finish at Plateau de Solaison. The week-long race serves as a key warm-up for the Tour de France, which starts on 1 July.
“I finally won some races in France so it’s super nice,” Roglic said. “It wasn’t just us two, it was the whole team who had everything under control from the start.
“Jonas was super strong on the last climb and it’s crazy, an incredible day for our team. As you can see, things are going in the right direction so we can be confident. We have some more time, some more work to do and should be ready for the Tour.” Riders on their way to the top of Col de la Colombière. Photograph: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images The Australian rider […]