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Happy day to the French, Veron in the Dauphin: it is the cunning of the fugitives |  Criterium du Dauphin 2022

Happy day to the French, Veron in the Dauphin: it is the cunning of the fugitives | Criterium du Dauphin 2022

long live france In Dauphiné today. This stage seemed like prepped for a breakup in advance, and it turned out to be that way.

After a grueling half hour with attacks by Jasper Steuven, among others, a 7-passenger pioneer group finally emerged. 6 French and 1 Italian: Andrea Baggioli of Quick-Step Alpha-Vinyl.

This combination worked well together and continued to rotate well throughout the flight. At one point they were more than four minutes ahead of the group, and Baggioli was almost in yellow.

Wout van Aert didn’t feel it, so Jumbo-Visma went after. They eventually arrived in less than a minute, but the fugitives were no longer caught.

Van Aert’s yellow jersey is locked.

When the leading group was under the weight of the last kilometer, Frenchman Valentin Veron (TotalEnergies) attacked again. In the end, this proved to be enough to deceive his comrades, since no one has reached the point of hurrying. It is instantly the most beautiful victory in the career of the 24-year-old Frenchman.

The entire theater is blue-white-red. Pierre Rolland and Warren Bargil came in second and third

Valentin Veron: “This victory is the culmination of all my hard work. The rider doesn’t win many races in his career and it’s great to be able to win a stage at Dauphiné.”

“I knew I wasn’t the best runner in this leading group, so I had to try something. Going to the last kilometer was a bit quiet, so I started attacking. I didn’t stop until I crossed the finish line.”

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“We have very good team dynamics at TotalEnergies and this is a victory for the whole team. We will undoubtedly celebrate tonight at the hotel!”