- - Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Stage 5

Critérium du Dauphiné 2023 Stage 5

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Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) claimed a solo victory in stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné today, moving the Danish rider up into the overall race lead.

Meanwhile, Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-QuickStep) won the sprint for second place ahead of Tobias Johannesen (Uno-X), 31 seconds down on the unassailable Vingegaard, who all-but secured the overall title today.

Vingegaard rode clear along the climb of the Côte de Thésy, after closely marking an attack from Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost), later dropping his Ecuadorian rival roughly 2 kilometers from the summit.

With more than a half a minute advantage at the summit, Vingegaard easily cruised to victory along the 14 kilometer run-in to the finish in Salins-les-Bains.

Race Highlights

A sextet of riders that included Nils Politt (BORA – hansgrohe), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Dstny), Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies) and Leon Heinschke (Team DSM) escaped the peloton early on in stage, later building up a maximum advantage of around three minutes. 

However, as the race reached the final climb of the day, the escapees were clinging to a mere 18 second gap. 

Shortly thereafter, the breakaway was caught, with subsequent attacks coming from Carapaz, followed by Alaphilippe and Vingegaard.

The Frenchman later languished, while Carapaz and Vingegaard persevered, first as a pair, before Vingegaard dispatched his rival with a steady acceleration.  

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