David Gaudu wins ahead of Wout Van Aert in the third stage of the Dauphiné

Second French victory in two days on the Critérium du Dauphiné. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) offered himself a prestigious victory on Tuesday at the top of Puy de Sancy, during the last ascent of the day. Wout Van Aert (second) takes the yellow and the Frenchman Victor Lafay (Cofidis) completes the podium.

Like a sprinter, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) threw his bike over the line. At the end of a hilly stage which saw the first explanation between leaders in a final of 6.2 kilometers at 5.6% on average, he came to blow victory in the face and beard of Wout Van Aert. The green jersey, big favorite of this 3rd stage, arms raised on the line, already saw itself winning a second victory on this edition. ” A rookie mistake “, regretted the Belgian champion after the arrival, apologizing to his teammates.

Jumbo-Visma worked… for nothing

Primoz Roglic’s team wanted to catch up after the failure of the day before, which saw the breakaway go to the end in Brives-Charensac (Haute-Loire). It’s missed. After letting the TotalEnergies team in the yellow jersey Alexis Vuillermoz regulate the pace of the peloton to control a breakaway resumed a few kilometers from the finish, the Jumbo-Visma team showed their teeth. First by Christophe Laporte, who sacrificed himself to bring the peloton back to the front of the race, then by the Dane Jonas Vingegaard, second in the last Tour de France, and a real blaster on the climb to Sancy. But the victory finally escaped Van Aert and Roglic, to whom the final however suited perfectly. The Slovenian failed to shine despite an ideal positioning in the last kilometer.

Vuillermoz cracked

Consolation prize all the same for Jumbo-Visma: Wout Van Aert finds the yellow jersey after having lost it the day before in favor of Alexis Vuillermoz. Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team worked all day to control the advance of the breakaway, which included Pierre Rolland, among others, to try to keep the yellow tunic on the shoulders of the Jura player. But in the end, Vuillermoz cracked, paying for his many past efforts. He finished one minute behind Gaudu.

Pierre Rolland tried

The French have definitely been on the attack since leaving La Voulte-sur-Rhône. 107 kilometers from the finish, Pierre Rolland, in a polka dot jersey, joins the three leading men with two teammates. A stunt from the B & B Hotels-KTM team, which puts four riders up front. The breakaway will finally be taken up on the first slopes of the Chastreix-Sancy climb. The 35-year-old climber will still have scored an additional point in the mountain classification (12 points) and will carry it on Wednesday for the fourth stage. A 31.9 kilometer individual time trial between Montbrison and La Bâtie d’Urfé which could well upset the general classification.


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