The second mountain stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné has been today the theather of a very good team performance of the Astana Pro Team guys with the Danish Jakob Fuglsang 7th and the Italian Fabio Aru 10th on the finish line, recovering important seconds on many GC rivals and climbing one position (from 5th to 4th) for Aru.
On the though climbs of the Col de Sarenne and the last 3.7 km of the Alpe d’Huez, there has been several attacks by Aru and Fuglsang. Then the Yellow Jersey did an important forcing in the final km and Fuglsang was the only one able to keep his back wheel.
“Another good day, the entire Team did a fantastic job doing the best to help me and Fabio – commented Fuglsang – I was quiet with the GC contenders all day long, then Fabio attacked at 3 km to go but the wind was strong in front of us and it was difficult… in the end Porte did a great forcing and, lucky me, I had the legs to stay with him and this way I’ve gained some seconds on the other rivals.”
Fabio Aru about his stage: “I’ve tried on the Sarenne and also in the last 4 km coming up here to the Alpe d’Huez: there was much wind but at least I think we did a good job for the team because my forcing contributed to make some selection between the GC contenders, Jakob did good keeping Porte wheel, now let’s focus on tomorrow.”
Today’s stage has been won by the British Peter Kennaugh, at top of a long breakaway. The Tasmanian Richie Porte kept the Yellow Jersey of the GC leader.
One day to the end of the Critérium du Dauphiné the general classification is quite short with Jakob Fuglsang 3rd at 1:15 from the leader and 13 seconds only from the second and with Fabio Aru 4th at 1:41 from the leader and 39 seconds from the second.
Tomorrow, last stage of the race, third mountain stage in a row, from Albertville to Plateau de Solaison, 115 km with four climbs including the challenging uphill final: 11.3 km 9.2%. It will be a battle between the GC contenders.