Haig goes in the break before Yates makes an important final split on day two Criterium du Dauphiné

Mon 10 Jun 2019

Briton Adam Yates got amongst the action today, on a hard and wet seconds stage of Critérium du Dauphiné, making a late split to finish the day in tenth place alongside most of the general classification favourites.

A two-man attack stayed away to the line with Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) taking the stage honours whilst some of the other GC conteders missed the final selection up the final climb and lost some time overall.

Haig back at the front

After some time away from racing due to a knee injury, Jack Haig took his chances today to test the legs and headed into the first breakaway of the day alongside 12 other strong riders.

The group animated the early part of the lengthy 180kilometre stage, hovering around two-minutes, but the peloton alway kept them within a good distance with some big names present in the move.

Climbs cause splits

After a long time in front of the peloton, with 35kilometres to go, finally all the breakaway riders were swallowed up and the real action began. 

On the final steep second category climb of the day, two-riders, Teuns and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Goebert Cycling Team) jumped away and led the race into the final 10kilometres. Yates responded to the pace in the main reduced peloton with eight riders riding away from the rest. 

Flying towards the finish line it wasn't clear if the duo would stay away hovering just 20seconds of the chasing group of nine riders including Yates and many race favourites. 

Yates in a safe position

In a two-up sprint, Teuns came out on top winning the stage with Yates crossing the line in 10th place amongst the other GC favourites.

With plenty of climbing and hard stages to come, the Mitchelton-SCOTT riders goes into stage three in tenth place overall at 24seconds.

Adam Yates

"It was a good day in general, it was another tricky day especially with the rain and technical roads, but the guys looked after me perfectly and set me up for that final steep climb.

"Haigy managed to get into the break which was the perfect situation for us with such a strong group going away. Ultimately the peloton didn’t give them much room with such big names up there but if it stayed away it could have been a nice opportunity for Haigy to try for the win.

"As always it’s hard to know how well you’re actually going after a big break from racing but so far so good and hopefully I can get better as the race continues."

Jack Haig

"It was good to get back into racing today and get into the break and make a hard race, it was quite difficult and quite different to what I have been doing in training. Today there were lot of short repetitive climbs, swapping off and going quite fast. We had a tailwind for a bit of the day which made it quite fast too."

Laurenzo Lapage

"The plan wasn't to go in the break today but in one moment things got a bit out of control and we had a really strong break with strong riders and all teams there. The guys made a good decision on the road, they tried to close it first, they came close but didn't make it, so then Jack did a good job and jumped in.

"The last climb was really steep and narrow climb so we were talking about it in the meeting to be clear that it's possible the big guys would go there. So the guys put Adam in position there at the bottom and then he just had to cover and go with them and that is what happened, he was there so that was really good. "

Critérium du Duaphiné - Stage 1 Results:

1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) 4:12:41
2. Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Goebert Cycling Team) ST
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) +0:13
10. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:13

General Classification after stage 1:

1. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) 7:37:03
2. Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Goebert Cycling Team) +0:03
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) +0:20
10. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:24

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