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CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ 2017 - Stage 8 incl. Video Highlights
By Mark Sharon
Date: 6/11/2017
CRITÉRIUM DU DAUPHINÉ 2017 - Stage 8 incl. Video Highlights
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June 11, 2017

Denmark's Jacob Fuglsang writes himself into the history books with overall victory The Critérium du Dauphiné after solo stage win.

Article by Evan Fabricant, Photos by Dana Gardner

Fuglsang wins Stage 8 and seizes tilte © Alex Broadway/ASO

Plateau de Solaison, France – June 11, 2017:  Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) of Denmark has won the Critérium du Dauphiné after crossing the finish line alone at Plateau de Solaison. 

He was 1’15” behind the GC leader Richie Porte at the start of the day, and it was exactly this amount of time that Fuglsang gained on Porte during Stage 8.  Winning the stage also gave him a ten second time bonus, moving him from 3rd place overall to 1st.

With Fuglsang winning the stage, Porte and Froome battled to remain on the podium at the end of the day.  Porte lost time on the Col de la Colombieré, but fought back up the final climb.

 It was his efforts here, passing Froome on the final climb, that kept him on the overall podium in second place at the end of the day.

The huge shock of the day was Chris Froome.  It appeared that he might snatch the overall lead as he began the climb to the Plateau de Solaison.  However, he did not respond when Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Fuglsang attacked with only seven kilometers from the finish. 

With Martin taking second place on the day’s finish just behind Fuglsang, he moved into third place overall and leaving Froome off the podium.

Col de la Columbieré, France – June 11, 2017:  Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team), Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) give huge efforts on the penultimate climb of the Colombière. © Dana Gardner

Top Ten Results - General Classification


Rider Name (Country) Team



Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team



Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team



Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors



Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky



Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team



Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale



Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe



Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Emirates



Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team



Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal


Col de la Columbieré, France – June 11, 2017:  Jakob Fuglesang (Astana Pro Team) and Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) climb together on the Col de la Colombière © Dana Gardner

Fuglsnag described his feelings about the win, “It's amazing! I don't know what to say. Even with jersey I can't believe it, I've been close to the yellow jersey many times in my career. We tried to keep our positions on GC and it came down to a big big fight for the overall victory. We planned it very well with Fabio attacking [with Alejandro Valverde in the col de la Colombière] and everything went in our favour. We played really smart. Froome had to pull after Fabio and Valv. I tried to keep cool all day, and without pushing too much I went for the stage win and I got it all. My wife is waiting for a baby. This great victory is for her. There's still a long way to the Tour but I'm really happy with my condition now. I'll have to take it easy onto the Tour. With Fabio we'll form a good couple for the Tour. We'll share the leadership and we have a good team.”

Video Highlights (English Commentary):

Summary - Stage 8 - Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 by tourdefrance

2017 Criterium du Dauphine Route


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