Criterium du Dauphiné - Stage 6: Valentin Ferron wins Stage 6 and his first World Tour success

Criterium du Dauphiné – Stage 6: Valentin Ferron wins Stage 6 and his first World Tour success


Glory day to Valentin Ferron. The young Frenchman from TotalEnergies, born in Vienna in the Isère but who grew up in Poitiers, won the 2nd victory of his career, at the age of 24, winning the 6th stage of the Critérium de Dauphiné this Friday in Gap. As with his first success last year on a stage of the Tour of Rwanda, he overtook Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) on the finish line. The puncher trained at UV Poitiers and then at Vendée U managed to hit the kilometer by attacking his 5 escape companions under the red flame. Simple and effective. Arriving about 30 seconds later, warm in the peloton, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) kept the yellow jersey before the last two alpine stages.

The surprise Ferron, Molano blows the lead, the French to the animation: the summary of the 6th stage

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This is already the 2nd victory over this Dauphiné for the Vendée team, which thus confirms its beautiful start to the season, after the success of Alexis Vuillermoz in the 2nd stage. For Ferron, it is already a fit victory “culmination“, as he said warmly on arrival, but she calls many others as this reserved young man is full of qualities. To get there, the puncher first managed to slip into the right escaped the day, already a feat in itself given the number of candidates and the extremely high pace of this day of 196km at 3000m elevation gain (45km / h average), beyond in particular the passes of Rousset (1233m ) and Cabre (1181m).

Five out of six French people escaped

50 km from the finish, the peloton was less than 3 minutes late and seemed in a position to return. But the top 6 men were too strong. And thanks to their perfect agreement, it was quickly understood that the junction could not take place, despite the insistence of Intermarché, Trek-Segafredo and BikeExchange-Jayco riders. At the front, there were five Frenchmen and an Italian, Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), the man best placed in the general (3’02 ”behind WVA). And when Ferron tried his luck at the mile, the other Tricolores refused to make the effort, leaving Bagioli to pursue.

Emotions for Ferron: “It’s a special feeling to win here, we’re going to celebrate tonight”

He reacted with a slight delay and Ferron was never seen again. After consolidating his best climber jersey throughout the day, Rolland took a surprising 2nd place in view of his sprinting qualities. Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) completed the podium, ahead of Bagioli, Geoffrey Bouchard (Citroen AG2R) and Victor Lafay (Cofidis).

Molano’s bad gesture

The peloton, which arrived 32 ”later, was settled by Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Emirates). But one would not be surprised to see him disqualified: the Colombian was spotted, on the descent to Gap, firing a punch in the face of Hugo Page (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials), bearer of the proxy green jersey – Van Aert is already wearing the yellow jersey and Ethan Hayter is wearing the white jersey.

On the eve of the alpine weekend, decisive for the general, no cador moved this Friday. Positions and deviations are unchanged. Van Aert is 1’03 ”ahead of Mattia Cattaneo (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and 1’06” ahead of teammate Primoz Roglic.

A punch and the door? “I would be very surprised to see Molano leave tomorrow…”

Criterium of the Dauphiné

Barguil: “That’s the problem: when there are too many French people, it’s not good for the getaway”

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Criterium of the Dauphiné

The surprise Ferron, Molano blows the lead, the French to the animation: the summary of the 6th stage

IT’S ONE HOUR

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