Thomas cements Dauphine lead as Bilbao takes stage six

Pello Bilbao wins stage 6 dauphine 2018

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) cemented his control of the Criterium du Dauphine after finishing second on Saturday’s sixth and penultimate stage won by Pello Bilbao (Astana).

Bilbao made his move late on during the gruelling stage that is almost the same as next month’s Tour de France stage 11, with four major climbs and a summit finish at la Rosiere.

Thomas came in second after launching a late attack of his own, managing to put some further valuable seconds between himself and his rivals for the leader’s yellow and blue jersey.

“I didn’t want to get carried away. It’s easy to underestimate how far to go,” he said of his attack. “I didn’t want to lose time. It’s obviously a big day as well tomorrow (Sunday). I try to do just the minimum and at the end, I went for it to see what happens.

“I managed to get a few more bonus seconds, which is good.”

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) is second in the overall standings, 1min 29sec behind Thomas, with Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) jumping up to third from seventh overnight, at 2min 01sec.

Sunday’s seventh and final stage ends in the ski resort of Le Bettex after five climbs.

Criterium du Dauphine 2018 – stage 6 results (Frontenex – La Rosière Espace San Bernardo):

1Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana


2Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


3Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


4Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


5Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


8Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky)


10Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)



General classification after stage 6:

1Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


4Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


5Damiano Caruso (BMC)


6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)


8Marc Soler (Movistar)


9Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


10Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac)



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