Wout Van Aert wasted no time. Intractable in the sprint, the Belgian offered himself, on Sunday, the first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, in Beauchastel (Ardèche).
Everything got carried away about thirty kilometers from the finish, when the peloton, led by the untenable pace of the Trek-Segafredos, took over the three leading men, namely Maxime Bouet, Laurens Huys and Pierre Rolland, after blowing up sprinters such as Groenewegen then Bauhaus a few kilometers earlier. If Mikkel Honoré managed to get out of it to start alone, Michal Kwiatkowski and the Ineos-Grenadiers made the descent at full speed in pursuit, and took it back 22 kilometers from the end.
Van Aert flew over the sprint
If Cavagna decided to attack a few cables from the last kilometer, Christophe Laporte brought the peloton back to his level without difficulty to allow Wout Van Aert to play the sprint. Perfectly placed in the wheel of Hayter, Van Aert flew over the sprint to win this first stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The Belgian champion beat the Briton as well as the young American Sean Quinn (22 years old).
The polka dot jersey for Rolland
From the first slopes, Pierre Rolland attacked to get the maximum number of points this Sunday, in his quest for the polka dot jersey. A successful bet for the B&B Hôtels-KTM climber, who took the lead at the summits of the Col de Leyrisse and the Côte des Baraques to claim this distinction. He scored two more points by also crossing the Chambon de Bavas coast in first position, bringing his total for the day to 11 (the maximum possible). He will wear the polka dot tunic at the start of the second stage on Monday.