Superb race by the Astana Pro Team guys at the Critérium du Dauphiné with Jakob Fuglsang, at his top performance of the career, who conquered the stage and the general classification.
Fabio Aru attacked at 50 km to go on the Col de Colombier together with Alejandro Valverde, then retaken from the top riders, then again at the front in the last few km and 5th on the finish line and 5th, only 5 seconds back the third, in final GC.
It has been a super performance by the Astana Pro Team with every rider excellent in his role: Alexey Lutsenko, Michael Valgren, Nikita Stalnov, Sergei Chernestkii, Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev and Luis Leon Sanchez (until the tooth obliged him to give up).
Here are the words of the winner of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2017, Jakob Fuglsang: “It has been incredible, since the start everyone attacked the Yellow Jersey – commented Fuglsang – we tried to do the same tactic of the BMC… the Porte remained alone and there was a big confusion at the front until Fabio attacked and at the point the other teams has to work to close the gap.”
“I took a big advantage from this situation and when in the final Martin attacked, I had the legs to follow him and I did – continued the Dane – honestly I couldn’t believe that all of this was happening: I’m super super happy this is just great!”.
Even Fabio Aru did a great performance today, even if he missed the final podium for 5 seconds only: “Yes for sure a 3rd place would have been better than a 5th but, to be honest, I came to this Dauphiné with many doubts because the season had not been lucky with the flu at Tirreno and the injury at the knee… today, I attacked with Valverde on the Colombiere and I said to myself ‘Let’s try how is the condition’!”
“On the final climb a kept the front and ended 5th but above all, I’m super happy for Jakob victory because he deserved it and the entire Team deserve this great result” cocnluded Aru.