Jumbo-Visma had a disappointing day in the Critérium du Dauphiné on Saturday. In the fourth stage, which was won by the German Lennard Kämna, classification leader Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk both fell.
Kruijswijk had to give up early in the stage after a crash in the descent of the Col de Plan Bois, the first climb of the day. His shoulder dislocated in the process.
The fall of Kruijswijk did not stop Jumbo-Visma, because classification leader Roglic also hit the asphalt in the run-up to the Montée de Bisanne, a climb of the hors category. He got rid of it with some scrapes and quickly rejoined the pack.
Roglic did hold on to his leader’s jersey. The Slovenian finished in the favorites group at approximately three minutes and retains his lead of fourteen seconds on number two Thibaut Pinot in the rankings. Frenchman Guillaume Martin took over third place from Emanuel Buchmann, who retired after a crash.
Tom Dumoulin finished thirteenth in the favorites group and climbs to eleventh place in the rankings. The Limburger is more than two minutes behind teammate Roglic.
The 23-year-old Kämna jumped out of a leading group on the final climb and soloed to his first victory of his career. The BORA-hansgrohe rider was 41 seconds ahead of Spaniard David de la Cruz. Julian Alaphilippe finished third in less than a minute.
Bernal will not start due to back problems
In the fourth stage, the peloton covered 153 kilometers from Ugine to Megève. Along the way, the riders had to conquer six climbs, including one in the hors category and two in the first category. The finish was on a climb of the second category.
Even before the start of the ride it became clear that Egan Bernal would no longer get on the bike. The Colombian leader of Team INEOS, who wants to start the hunt for title prolongation in the Tour de France in two weeks, is struggling with back problems.
Julian Alaphilippe and Thomas De Gendt added color to the stage by attacking in the opening phase. The duo was eventually joined by thirteen other riders, including Dylan van Baarle. They built up a lead of up to five minutes.
After the Montée de Bisanne, eight refugees remained, who had a lead of more than two minutes in the final on the favorites group led by Jumbo-Visma. On the final climb to Megève, Kenny Elissonde was the first to leave the leading group, but a little later he was passed by Lennard Kämna. He held out and crossed the finish line solo.
The Critérium du Dauphiné will end on Sunday with a 153-kilometer mountain stage with start and finish in Megève. After climbing the highest and the first category, the finish is on a climb of the second category.
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