Race report

Casper Pedersen finishes 12th in hectic Dauphiné sprint

Critérium du Dauphiné

With two tough days of racing behind them, the peloton faced a much easier parcours on the third stage at the Dauphiné. Featuring only a few small climbs and a flat final 40 kilometres the day was very much suited to a bunch sprint finish.

Two riders attacked almost immediately from the flag drop and with no fight from the rest of the peloton, they formed the break of the day and had built up a gap of one minute and 30 seconds by the fifth kilometre. Their advantage continued to grow out before stabilising at around three minutes and 45 seconds, when the rain started to pour down from above.

From that point the race took a formulaic approach, with the gap slowly whittled down as the peloton approached the finish. Coming into the final ten kilometres the poor conditions had abated and the team was well positioned near the head of the peloton as the breakaway duo was caught. In the sprint the riders lost each other a little in what was a hectic finale with a lot of movement in the peloton. Casper Pedersen was first home for the team finishing the day in 12th place, after not being able to fully open up his sprint.

“It was quite a controlled day with the two riders away in the breakaway,” explained Pedersen at the finish. “The weather was pretty dreadful all day which made the stage harder. In the finale the guys worked well and we moved up nicely towards the front of the bunch. On the wide open road there was a big fight for position and it got quite hectic and we lost each other a little in that fight. I’m a little disappointed I wasn’t able to open up my sprint fully but I’m happy to come out of the day safe and still in the KOM jersey.”

Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen added: “The weather made today’s easier stage quite difficult but everything was controlled throughout the day. We tried to sprint for Casper in the finale but the guys lost each other a bit on the run in. There were a lot of good intentions from the guys and we can be pleased with how we rode as a team, but we just weren’t able to get a top ten result out of it. We’re looking forward to the time trial tomorrow and seeing what we can do.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 BENNETT Sam BORA - hansgrohe 4:15:25 60
2 VAN AERT Wout Team Jumbo-Visma ,, 25
3 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team ,, 10
12 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,, -
25 NIEUWENHUIS Joris Team Sunweb ,, -
54 DUMOULIN Tom Team Sunweb ,, -
90 FRÖHLINGER Johannes Team Sunweb ,, -
108 STORK Florian Team Sunweb ,, -
111 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,, -
125 TUSVELD Martijn Team Sunweb 0:26 -