Jonas Vingegaard has won the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Danish leader of Team Jumbo-Visma crossed the line solo in Salins-les-Bains. For Vingegaard, the victory was sufficient to clinch the yellow jersey.
With a long flat section leading up to a tricky final, the stage appeared suited for breakaways. But ultimately, the wait for the spectacle was quite long. It took until the final climb of the day, the Côte de Thésy, for the favourites to attack. Richard Carapaz escaped, and the Ecuadorian brought Vingegaard with him.
The two quickly established an advantage over the rest of the field. Once Vingegaard had taken the lead, Carapaz began to struggle harder and harder. The South American rider eventually had to let go. Without hesitating, Vingegaard rode to the front and down the hill to the finish line. There, the Dane’s advantage was more than a minute. It was Vingegaard’s ninth victory of the season. It was also Team Jumbo-Visma’s 33rd triumph of the year.
After his victory, Vingegaard’s thoughts were diverted elsewhere in France. “On days like this, none of what occurs in the world of sports matters. My thoughts are with the victims of the tragic event in Annecy”, a visibly moved Vingegaard said. A man with a knife earlier in the day attacked six people in an Annecy playground.
“The intention was not to do anything. The major aim was to stay out of trouble before the difficult days that lay ahead. I didn’t hesitate for even a second when Richard accelerated. When I took the lead, he was unable to follow. Then the race to the finish was full throttle. Of course, I am happy with this triumph, but as I already stated, it stands in sharp contrast to the things that are truly important in this world. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. I didn’t anticipate to be wearing the yellow jersey by this point before today. It changes the dynamics of the race. I am happy with my form, and the team’s work has paid off today.”