Daniel Martinez wins Criterium du Dauphine after Roglic pulls out


Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) claimed overall victory in the Criterium du Dauphine after leader Primoz Roglic pulled out of the race before Sunday’s fifth and final stage.

Roglic’s withdrawal, after a crash on Saturday, looked to have given Thibaut Pinot control of the race, but Martinez had other ideas.

The Colombian was part of an attack that left Pinot trailing with 15km remaining of the 153km mountainous route starting and finishing in Megeve and crossed the line second behind stage winner Sepp Kuss.

Pinot battled desperately to claw back time on the day’s final climb back into Megeve but could not regain the overall lead as Martinez won by 29 seconds.

It is the fourth time a Colombian rider has won the Criterium du Dauphine, seen as a crucial indicator of form ahead of the Tour de France. Luis Herrera won in 1988 and 1991, while Martin Ramirez claimed the title in 1984.

“This morning they told me Roglic wouldn’t start, so I knew the race would be hectic from the beginning,” Martinez said. “I was at the limit but I was determined to make it to the finish. It’s one of the biggest race in the world and to be able to win this, coming from Colombia, makes me very happy.”

Roglic suffered bruises and cuts after crashing on Saturday. His Jumbo-Visma team said on Twitter: “The evolution of his injuries will determine the plans for the upcoming races. Speedy recovery.”

Criterium du Dauphine 2020 – stage 5 results (Megève – Megève):

1Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)


2Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling)


3Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


4Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos)


5Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)


6Lennard Kämna (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


8Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)


9Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale)


10Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic)


Criterium du Dauphine 2020 – final general classification:

1Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling)


2Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)


3Guillaume Martin (Cofidis)


4Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


5Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


6Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale)


7Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma)


8Lennard Kämna (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic)


10Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)



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