Everyone in the peloton was waiting for the first important climb of this Critérium du Dauphiné and the verdict has been significant: it speaks about the two riders of the Astana Pro Team, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang and the Italian Fabio Aru, who did the most important attacks, conquered the Mont du Chat prize and won the stage.
“We worked really good as a team today – said Jakob Fuglsang during the interviews – both me and Fabio we demonstrated the training we did to prepare the Daupiné and the Tour it was a very high quality work and today on the uphill we were really confident.”
“We knew the climb because we tried it in the days before the Dauphiné – continued the Danish – so we had the right gears on the bike and we could adjust the effort while climbing… before the start of the climb I asked to my team mate Valgren to bring us at the front and he did an extraordinary job: this victory is for Michele Scarponi but it is also for the entire Team who did a great stage today.”
“I’m super happy for Jakob’s victory – said Fabio Aru after the finish line – I had good legs in the climb and I’ve tried to attack… then when they came back on me along the descent I saw that someone was risking really much.”
“I think we did a great team work today with Jakob – continued the Italian – and the sensations were really good: anyway, I’m just came back to race after a long period so I prefer to focus day by day and see what will be the final balance on Sunday afternoon.”
Jakob Fuglsang won this sixth stage of the Dauphiné beating on a small sprint respectively the Tansmanian Richie Porte (who is the new GC leader), the British Christopher Froome and the team mate, the Italian, Fabio Aru.
The new general classification sees Fuglsang in 3rd position at 1:15 and Aru 5th at 1:24.
Tomorrow, seventh stage of this Critérium du Dauphiné, Aoste – Alpe d’Huez (168 km) with the Col du Cucheron and Col de Porte in the first 56 km and then in the final the climb to Alpe D’Huez (3.7 km at 7.2 %) proceeding through the Col de Sarenne (15.3 km at 6.9 %).