The 23.5 km individual time trial was a very expected test for the most important riders at this Dauphiné. The two captains of the Astana Pro Team offered a good performance, finishing Aru at 1:18 and Fuglsang at 1:19 from the winner (who did an extraordinary time), but with a small gap from the other GC contenders.
Good performance even by the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, who finished at 1:23 from the winner.
Now in the GC Aru is 19th at 1:45 and Fuglsang is 20th at 1:46 from the Yellow Jersey.
“It was a difficult TT, tough in the climb and very fast in the descent – explained Fuglsang after the finish – obviously I did my best and I have to say I have had good sensations from my legs.”
“Of course, looking at the classification, I hoped not to lose all those seconds but I’m confident we will be able to perform pretty well in the days to come” concluded the Danish.
“After more than three months without racing and with the last individual time trial did at last year Tour, I can say I think I did a good performance – said Aru while warming down – I had good sensations for the entire TT and I will continue to race this Dauphiné thinking and focusing day by day, let’s see what will come up!”
Today’s ITT has been won by the Tasmanian Richie Porte who has beaten also the time trial specialists on today’s short and nervous race route. The Belgian Thomas De Gendt, thanks to a positive 10th place, kept the GC leadership.
Tomorrow, fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, from La-Tour-de-Salvagny to Mâcon, 175.5 km quite hilly but normally very suitable for the sprinters.