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Julian Alaphilippe sprinted to victory in stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné today, beating Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) in an uphill finish in La Chase Dieu, after the French rider timed his move perfectly to claim the victory by a mere bike-length.
Meanwhile, Trek-Segafredo’s Natnael Tesfatsion rounded out the podium in third, with Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) retaining the overall classification.
A small breakaway group escaped the peloton early-on in the stage, remaining out front for most of the day, until the last of the escapees, Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) and Victor Campernaerts (Lotto Dstny), were reined in along final short climb with roughly 10 kilometers remaining.
Tobias Bayer (Alpecin Deceuninck) later launched an attack on the Côte des Guêtes to put pressure on the sprinters who suffered across the lumpy stage, while Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) neutralized a subsequent attack from EF Education-EasyPost.
From there, Vingegaard led the peloton towards the line, where Alaphilippe proved to be the strongest rider, nixing Carapaz on the line to seize the stage honors.
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