Gaudu plays with Van Aert!

At the end of the sprint of a small group on the slopes of Puy de Sancy, David Gaudu went to surprise Wout Van Aert to win by half a wheel when Victor Lafay finished third. However, the Belgian takes over the leader’s yellow jersey.

Wout Van Aert believed it! Winner of the 1st stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné this Sunday, the Belgian rider won in Chastreix, on the slopes of Puy de Sancy… But that was without counting on a valiant David Gaudu, who believed until at the end of his chances on a ground that suits him. A 3rd stage, 169 kilometers long, whose steep profile proved to be a beautiful playground for the adventurers. Less than ten kilometers after the actual start, a quartet consisting of Omer Goldstein, Jonas Wilsly, Thomas Champion and Sebastian Schönberger took their chance with the complicity of the peloton led by the TotalEnergies team of Alexis Vuillermoz, leader of the general classification after having shone on Tuesday. But, when the gap exceeded three minutes after almost 20 kilometers of escape, Omer Goldstein cut his effort, leaving Jonas Wilsly, Thomas Champion and Sebastian Schönberger alone at the forefront. As the slopes of the Côte de Saint-Vert, the first difficulty of the day, got closer, the B&B Hotels-KTM team has embarked on a coordinated movement.

The B&B Hotels-KTM at work

While Sebastian Schönberger was already up front, Miguel Heidemann and Alexis Gougeard came out of the peloton with Pierre Rolland, wearing the best climber’s blue jersey with white polka dots, 125 kilometers from the finish, making the connection after a good effort in the descent. A group of six riders who long maintained a lead of slightly less than three minutes but eventually withered away. Working hard for their leader, Miguel Heidemann then Alexis Gougeard lowered their flag at the start of the last 50 kilometers of the stage. At the same time, the Jumbo-Visma team decided to react by sending Christophe Laporte to ride at the front of the peloton to reduce the gap, then relayed by Chris Harper. An effort that allowed the peloton to come back to almost 30 seconds at the foot of the final climb. Barely reached the first slopes of the Puy de Sancy, Pierre Rolland cut his effort, aware that the breakaway was not going to go to the end. After a last last stand from Jonas Wilsly, the peloton absorbed what was left of the leading group.

Gaudu never stopped believing in it

Jonas Vingegaard then took matters into his own hands and imposed a big tempo on the slope. As a result, the peloton began to melt away. Despite this, on his land, Rémi Cavagna tried to place a start three kilometers from the finish but the French champion was quickly brought to heel. Less than two kilometers from the goal, Alexis Vuillermoz was distanced and gave up his yellow leader’s jersey. In the final, the Jumbo-Visma team did everything for Wout Van Aert after the resounding failure experienced on Monday. But, while the sprint was started by Dylan Teuns, the Belgian was neck and neck with Victor Lafay for the stage victory. But, on the right of the road and as Wout Van Aert began to raise his arms, David Gaudu snuck in to cross the finish line half a wheel ahead of the Belgian and sign a second consecutive French stage victory on this Critérium du Dauphiné. Despite this second place, Wout Van Aert regains the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the eve of the time trial at La Bâtie d’Urfé this Wednesday.

UCI WorldTour Dauphine CYCLING – UCI WORLD TOUR / CRITERIUM DU DAUPHINE
3rd stage – Saint-Paulien-Chastreix Sancy (169km) – Tuesday June 7, 2022
1- David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) in 4h09’38”
2- Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) mt
3- Victor Lafay (FRA/Cofidis) mt
4- Ruben Guerreiro (POR/EF Education-EasyPost) mt
5- Kevin Geniets (LUX/Groupama-FDJ) mt
6- Nicholas Schultz (AUS/BikeExchange-Jayco) mt
7- Damiano Caruso (ITA/Bahrain Victorious) mt
8- Dylan Teuns (BEL/Bahrain Victorious) mt
9- Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) mt
10- Brandon McNulty (USA/UAE Team Emirates) mt

General classification after 3 stages (out of 8)
1- Wout Van Aert (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) in 12h50’32”
2- David Gaudu (FRA / Groupama-FDJ) at 6”
3- Victor Lafay (FRA/Cofidis) at 12”
4- Patrick Konrad (AUT/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 16”
5- Matteo Jorgenson (USA/Movistar) at 16”
6- Ruben Guerreiro (POR/EF Education-EasyPost) at 16”
7- Esteban Chaves (COL/EF Education-EasyPost) at 16”
8- Primoz Roglic (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) at 16”
9- Steff Cras (BEL/Lotto-Soudal) at 16”
10- Ben O’Connor (AUS/AG2R-Citroën) at 16”


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