The fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné ended in Mâcon with the prevented bunch sprint. Our riders concluded safe in the bunch, avoiding risks in the narrow final 20 km, waiting for the three mountain stage starting from tomorrow.
The final sprint has been won by the German Philip Bauhaus while the Belgian Thomas De Gendt kept the Yellow Jersey.
After five stages (one ITT and 4 fast stages), we made the point of the situation with the two sport directors of the Astana Pro Team here at Critérium du Dauphiné.
Dmitriy Fofonov said: “After a period of training, most of our riders returned to race in this race and I think they did well in these first 5 days.”
“Fabio Aru in particular came here after the injury and on a season where he has really ridden actually only in Oman and Abu Dhabi in February – continued the Kazakh – we did a good TT yesterday.”
“The Team ha worked pretty well until now, in particular with our young talented rider Lutsenko, who promoted a very good (even if unfortunately unlucky) attack a couple of days ago” commented Fofonov.
“Now let’s focus on the mountains that will start tomorrow: for sure it will be some good tests to verify our condition and the level of the rivals, looking at the Tour de France” concluded the Kazakh director.
Lars Michaelsen added: “In these first five stages (a part from the ITT), it was so important to avoid any risk of falls and do not lose seconds in the GC, eventually due to some ‘holes’ in the peloton: I think we did pretty well for the captains with the entire team who did a good job.
“Starting from tomorrow Mont du Chat we will see the real conditions of the GC contenders and ours” concluded the Danish.
The sixth stage of this Critérium du Dauphiné will start from Parc-des-Oiseaux Villars-des-Dombes and will end in La Motte-Servolex after 147.5 km and including the climb to Le Mont du Chat (8.7 km at 10.3% average): this climb will and at 15 km to the finish line only and very probably, it will cause some selection between the GC contenders.