First for Verona, Roglic in yellow

Stronger in the final leading to Vaujany, Carlos Verona won the 7th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné and opened his prize list. Second, Primoz Roglic grabbed the race leader’s yellow jersey on the eve of the finish.

Carlos Verona finally holds his first victory! For his twelfth season as a professional cyclist, the rider from the Movistar team raised his arms in Vaujany at the finish of the 7th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. A 134.8 kilometer long route starting from Saint-Chaffrey, most of which is a copy-and-paste of the 12th stage of the next Tour de France, which will be contested on July 14. Barely had the start given, without Chris Froome who threw in the towel after falling ill, the peloton had to face the slopes of the Col du Galibier. It was a great opportunity for the fighters to take to their heels, but the numerous attempts that punctuated the start of the race were unsuccessful. The most active runner was Pierre Rolland, looking for points to consolidate his blue jersey with white dots as best climber. While Wout Van Aert, yellow jersey on his shoulders, offered himself a last stand, the efforts of Pierre Rolland ended up being rewarded. A group of 18 riders, including Luis Leon Sanchez, Kenny Elissonde, Simon Guglielmi, Carlos Verona, Andrey Amador and Victor Lafay, were able to form. Pierre Rolland, meanwhile, was not put in difficulty when taking the points at the top of Galibier.

Rolland did what was necessary

The descent, made via the Col du Télégraphe, was an opportunity for Andrey Amador to take a few lengths but the Costa Rican was quickly caught by the rest of the breakaway. The peloton, led by the Jumbo-Visma team, never really let go of the leading group, which did not leave more than two minutes. However, the situation changed on the first slopes of the Col de la Croix-de-Fer and its 29 kilometer climb. Mark Donovan has, in fact, placed a start to isolate himself at the head of the race and quickly takes a lead of thirty seconds over the rest of the breakaway when the peloton very quickly fell behind by almost four minutes. A group of pursuers who lost feathers with Andres Ardila, Omer Goldstein then Dries Devenyns who let go. The effort of the rider from the Movistar team was ultimately in vain, the pursuers returning six kilometers from the summit. It was then Gregor Mühlberger who upped the pace with Kenny Elissonde in the wheel and while the peloton was able to come back under two minutes. Starting against, Victor Lafay, Pierre Rolland and Carlos Verona made the connection then the rider of the B&B Hotels-KTM team took the full points at the top of the Croix-de-Fer.

Verona played well, Roglic widens the gap

In the peloton, the last slopes saw Wout Van Aert being irretrievably left behind and giving up his yellow leader’s jersey. Damiano Caruso, meanwhile, tried to surprise his rivals at the top of the Croix-de-Fer, without success. The long descent towards the foot of the Vaujany climb saw Pierre Rolland attempt to set off alone, taking advantage of a far from obvious agreement at the head of the race. However, Kenny Elissonde did what was necessary to come back to his compatriot before leaving alongside Carlos Verona. A duo who approached the final climb at the forefront but the Spaniard very quickly showed that he was the strongest. If he tried to isolate himself on the first slopes, it was at five kilometers that the rider from the Movista team made the difference. Among the candidates for the final victory, Ruben Guerreiro was the first to attack but the Portuguese quickly saw the Jumbo-Visma heading for the maneuver. After an attack from Jonas Vingegaard, it was Primoz Roglic who accelerated to distance his rivals. While Carlos Verona was able to celebrate his first victory, Primoz Roglic fails 13 seconds behind the Spaniard but succeeds Wout Van Aert at the top of the general classification ahead of Jonas Vingegaard and Ben O’Connor on the eve of the final arrival at Plateau of Solaison.

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