Primoz Roglic prepared for his Tour de France bid next month by winning the Criterium du Dauphine stage race for the first time on Sunday.
His Jumbo-Visma teammate Jonas Vingaard won the eighth and final mountain stage. The pair crossed the line holding hands at the top of the Plateau de Solaison, Roglic allowing Vingegaard to put their nose in front to claim the stage victory.
Vingeard was 40 seconds behind Roglic in the overall standings, with Australia’s Ben O’Connor of the AG2R Citroën team finishing 1 minute, 41 seconds behind Roglic in third place.
Jumbo-Visma worked brilliantly on the final climb, with Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk accelerating to separate the leading group.
This allowed his two teammates to break free on the final ascent of the 135-kilometre (84-mile) trek from Saint-Chaffrey to Vaujany, which included two gigantic climbs of 23 kilometers (14.3 miles) and 29 kilometers (18 miles) and a final climb of 5.7 kilometers (3.5 miles).
Roglic and Vingaard were both credited with a time of 3 hours, 49 minutes, 20 seconds, with O’Connor behind them by 15 seconds to finish the stage in third.
“The guys had everything under control from the start, it was a fast start. They were in control all day,” said Roglic, 32. “Jonas was good on the last climb. We can be confident there is still work to do and we should be ready for the Tour.
Roglic has won the last three Spanish Vuelta titles, but he dramatically missed out on a Tour de France win over fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar in 2020.
This year, Roglic also won the Paris-Nice stage race for the first time with a brilliant attack in the final stage.
“So finally I won a few races in France, so that’s good,” Roglic said.
Vingaard was delighted with the way he won the stage and the teamwork involved.
“We tried to let everyone down (on the climbs) and I think we can be very happy and proud,” Vingaard said. “It’s one of the biggest races in the world, winning a stage and finishing second (overall) is great.”
The Dane will team up with Roglic again on the tour from July 1-24. But Vingaard, 25, expects them to face a bigger challenge.
“I think it will be difficult for us to be 1-2 in the Tour, because there are so many contenders for the GC (overall),” he said. “The competition will be tougher.”
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