Mark Padun (Barhain-Victorious) performed a superb number in the 7th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The young Ukrainian won in La Plagne after escaping in the final ascent of 17 kilometers. Richie Porte (Ineos), second of the day, consoles himself with the yellow jersey.
The Australian dispossessed Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) of the leader’s jersey on the eve of the finish. He is 17 seconds ahead of the Kazakh and 29 over his teammate Geraint Thomas (Ineos).
Le Belge Ilan Van Wilder (Team DSM), who fell during the stage, had a complicated day and had to give up his white best rider jersey. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) recovers it.
After a lively start to the stage, a group of three riders managed to isolate themselves in the lead with Marco Haller (Bahrain Victorious), Pierre Rolland and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p / b KTM). After losing Bonnamour in the ascent of the Col de Pré, an uncategorized pass, the breakaways were then joined by a group of pursuers with Michael Valgren, Lawson Craddock (EF-Nippo), Jorge Arcas (Movistar), Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Emirates ), Kevin Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) and Martijn Tusveld (Team DSM).
In the descent to La Plagne, Haller, Arcas, Bjerg, Valgren and Tusveld stood out in the leading group with nearly three minutes ahead of the peloton. A peloton that set off during the ascent to La Plagne under the leadership of Movistar and Ineos Grenadiers.
The peloton finally resumed the last breakaways a little over 10 kilometers from the finish and the favorites could compete for victory. Richie Porte was the first to launch hostilities 8 km from the line but was blocked by Sepp Kuss and Mark Padun who isolated themselves in the lead.
Nearly 4 kilometers from the finish, Padun got rid of Kuss and headed for the 5th victory of his career. The Ukrainian edged Richie Porte by 34 seconds and Miguel Angel Lopez by 43 seconds.
In the general classification, Richie Porte takes the yellow leader’s jersey with 17 seconds ahead of Lutsenko and 29 seconds over Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).
The Critérium du Dauphiné ends Sunday with the 8th stage between La Léchère-Les-Bains and Les Gets over 147 km.