The 4th stage was Waterloo for many big names. Egan Bernal, the challenger of Primoz Roglic, gave up before the start. Two weeks before the start of the Tour, he is struggling with back pain, according to his team.
Emmanuel Buchmann, third in the stand, and Steven Kruijswijk, Roglic’s lieutenant, also failed to reach the finish. They got involved in a fall.
That happened far behind the back of a large leading group, including the Belgians Teuns and De Gendt, but also with greats such as Alaphilippe, Kwiatkowski, Mohoric, Soler and Hirschi.
The tough course resulted in a thinning out in the leading group. The Belgians, among others, went overboard. Alaphilippe could follow to the foot of the final climb. Elissonde was the first to reach out to victory, but he was still overwhelmed by the young German Lennard Kämna, who was able to sustain his effort to the end.
In the peloton with the favorites it remained calm, although leader Roglic was still startled by a crash. The Slovenian was able to continue on his way fairly quickly. If he survives tomorrow, he will win the Dauphiné for the first time.
Winner Kämna is happy with his victory: “This is my first pro victory. Nice that I can experience it here in the Dauphiné.”
Kämna also says that his team Bora-Hansgrohe had to change plans after the fall of Buchmann: “Normally I worked today for Buchmann. He would have attacked on the penultimate climb, but he retired. It feels so rather double. ”
David De La Cruz came second in Megève. The Spaniard also collected a lot of points for the polka dot jersey along the way. He overtakes teammate Formolo in the standings: “Kwiatkowski came out first on the first hill. Then I decided to compete for points on the following climbs.”
“That way my teammate might be able to keep the jersey. But then the points kept accumulating and I overtook Formolo myself. The focus was on winning the stage. I was close, but not good enough.”