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Dauphiné (5) : breakaway and twice top 15

Dauphiné (5) : breakaway and twice top 15

Wanty-Groupe Gobert showed its team colours again on the road in Critérium du Dauphiné (2.WT, 04-11/06). During the 5th stage the sun and warmth was present again. Marco Minnaard was attentive from the beginning of the stage. He was part of a break with mountain jersey Koen Bouwman, on Tuesday winner of a stage before Frederik Backaert. In the final the pace was high and Minnaard was the last rider who was able to stay in the wheel of Dylan Van Baarle. Marco was caught by the pack with 15km to go.

German rider Phil Bauhaus was the fastest in the final bunch sprint. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (12th) and Dion Smith (15th) were able to finish in front. Thomas Degand (64th) and Guillaume Martin (31st) didn’t lose time and advance to 35th and 43rd spot in the GC. In the team classification of the day, team WGG finishes 2nd behind AG2R La Mondiale. On Friday the riders enter the mountains with Mont du Chat on the way to Motte-Servolex.

Marco Minnaard:

"I thought a group would leave on the first climb, but leader De Gendt wanted to take the mountain points. After that we went into the offensive again but the pack didn't let us go. We were caught and I tried one more time. Van Baarle and Bouwman joined me and we formed a nice group. It wasn't an easy stage with some hills and a lot of corners. For a moment I thought we could go for stage victory, but the peloton rode fast.

With 50 kilometers to go I knew it was gonna be impossible. Van Baarle was the strongest in the final. I really looked forward to the last three stages. Tomorrow I won't show myself but I will see what is possible on Saturday and Sunday. I hope to perform in one more stage."

Results stage 5 (La-Tour-de-Salvagny - Mâcon)

1. Phil Bauhaus
2. Arnaud Démare
3. Bryan Coquard
12. Pieter Vanspeybrouck
15. Dion Smith
32. Guillaume Martin
64. Thomas Degand
95. Guillaume Van Keirbulck + 0:35
96. Frederik Backaert + 0:35
125. Yoann Offredo + 2:04
166. Marco Minnaard + 5:21

General classification after stage 5

1. Thomas De Gendt
2. Richie Porte + 0:27
3. Alejandro Valverde + 0:51
35. Thomas Degand + 2:41
43. Guillaume Martin + 3:15
69. Yoann Offredo + 6:57
84. Pieter Vanspeybrouck + 9:46
95. Frederik Backaert + 10:49
96. Dion Smith + 10:55
118. Marco Minnaard + 15:30
135. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck + 18:45

Photo : Photonews