Criterium du Dauphine #5: Ghebreigzabhier on borrowed bike for final climb

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Dan Martin (Team UAE Emirates) won stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Geraint Thomas, who pulled on the overall leaders jersey, and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished 3rd.

Stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine was a only short 130km stage but with a proper sting in the tail as the race finished up the 12.7km climb to Valmorel. Another brisk start saw 9 riders go in the break of the day, later becoming 8 as Dario Cataldo (Astana) dropped back to the main group after gaining a few KOM points.

As the peloton held the gap between 2 and 3 minutes, our African Team looked after Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier in the main group, for the final climb of the day. As the climb approached, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl and Edvald Boasson Hagen positioned our Eritrean neo-pro near the head of the group. Unfortunately, just 5km before the final climb started, a mechanical issue for Ghebreigzabhier resulted in Thomson giving up his bike so that our protected rider could still have a shot at the final climb.

After a quick chase back, Ghebreigzabhier returned just as the Team Sky and Mitchelton-Scott started to lift the pace on the climb, and reel in the break. Ghebreigzabhier managed to hang onto the main group while many riders whittled away, but with 7km to go and on a bike not set up to to his geometry, our Eritrean was also distanced.

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier – Rider

Today was really disappointing. The team did such a good job to help me and look after me for the climb. I had a problem with my bike at the wrong moment, thanks to Jay who gave me his bike but I couldn’t get the good rhythm on the climb. It was disappointing to not be able to do a better performance after the team helped me.