Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas strikes into third earlier than closing stage – NewsEverything Wales

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Britain’s Geraint Thomas will start the ultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in third place total

Britain’s Geraint Thomas moved into third place, 29 seconds off the lead, going into Sunday’s closing stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Ukraine’s Mark Padun gained stage seven as Thomas’ Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Richie Porte took the general lead.

Padun attacked early on the ultimate climb on Saturday and gained by 34 seconds from Australia’s Porte, who now leads by 17 seconds from Alexey Lutsenko.

Thomas got here ninth, 59 seconds behind Padun, with ex-leader Lutsenko 10th.

Padun, 24, moved to the entrance with round 5 kilometres of the 171.5km mountain stage from Saint-Martin-Le-Venoux to La Plagne remaining and the Bahrain Victorious rider stayed clear to safe his first World Tour win.

“After final yr I used to be considering that possibly biking isn’t my sport,” stated Padun. “It is an unimaginable second for me.

“I believed possibly I would arrive within the first 20 guys however then ‘why not do one thing and possibly they’d present me on TV for my mom’. I need to thank my crew, who believed in me and did not inform me to cease and await [team-mate] Jack Haig. They only let me go for the victory.”

Ineos’ Porte stated: “The plan was by no means to go to date out however on the finish of the day it was transfer.

“I do know it is a battle tomorrow [Sunday] however we need to end it off. Everybody will need to assault however we now have a powerful crew right here.”

Sunday’s mountainous closing stage is a 147km route from La-Lechere-les-Bains to Les Will get on the western fringe of the Alps.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Lizzie Deignan, 32, was second within the first stage of the two-stage ladies’s Tour de Suisse.

The Trek-Segafredo rider, who has been out with sickness for many of the season, was overwhelmed in a dash end by Swiss rider Elise Chabbey, giving them a 24-second lead heading into day two.

Criterium du Dauphine stage seven outcomes

1. Mark Padun (Ukr/Bahrain Victorious) 4hrs 35minutes 7secs

2. Richie Porte (Aus/Ineos Grenadiers) +34secs

3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Movistar) +43secs

4. Jack Haig (Aus/Bahrain Victorious) Identical time

5. Ben O’Connor (Aus/Citroen) +47secs

6. Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) +52secs

7. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama) +56secs

8. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa/Movistar) Identical time

9. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +59secs

10. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana-Premier Tech) +1min

Common classification after stage 7

1. Richie Porte (Aus/Ineos Grenadiers) 25hrs 28minutes 6secs

2. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana-Premier Tech) +17secs

3. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +29secs

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Bora-Hansgrohe) +33secs

5. Jack Haig (Aus/Bahrain Victorious) +34secs

6. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Movistar) +38secs

7. Ion Izagirre (Spa/Astana-Premier Tech) Identical time

8. Ben O’Connor (Aus/Citroen) +1min

9. David Gaudu (Fra/Groupama) +1min 12secs

10. Aurelien Paret-Peintre (Fra/Citroen) +1min 17secs

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