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Valentin Ferron lands biggest win of his career as Wout van Aert retains lead at Criterium du Dauphine

Valentin Ferron lands biggest win of his career as Wout van Aert retains lead at Criterium du Dauphine

Valentin Ferron won the biggest win of his career at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday after the TotalEnergies rider pounced from the six-rider breakaway…

Friday, Jun 10

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Valentin Ferron won the biggest win of his career at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday after the TotalEnergies rider pounced from the six-rider breakaway and soloed all the way to the line at the end of the 196.4-kilometre sixth stage from Rives to Gap.

Despite making it all the way to the final straight alongside a group of riders with more experience and impressive wins to their names, Ferron played it cool, riding a canny race to deny Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Geoffrey Bouchard (Ag2r-Citroën), Victor Lafay (Cofidis) or Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) the opportunity to take the win.

Ferron, the 24-year-old with just one other win on his palmarès – a stage at last year’s Tour du Rwanda where he finished ahead of Rolland who was, coincidentally, also runner-up in Gap on Friday – timed his attack to perfection having drifted to towards the rear of the break before launching himself towards the finishing line.

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“It’s huge for me, we worked hard every day and it’s a WorldTour race so this is exceptional for me,”Ferron said. “It’s the biggest win of my career. You don’t get many chances like this so you have to take them. I don’t have the best sprint and I knew [Italian sprinter] Bagioli would have the advantage, so when I knew the line was close I just had to go for it – I can’t believe I made it.”

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) finished 32sec behind Ferron, on the same time as […]

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