Georg Zimmermann powered to victory in the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, as Jonas Vingegaard maintained his overall lead.
Zimmermann pulled away from fellow escapees Mathieu Burgaudeau and Jonathan Castroviejo on the summit finish of a mountainous 170.5km ride to Crest-Voland.
“I can’t believe it at this moment, I just gave my best and tried everything to be as good as possible, it worked out perfectly,” said Zimmermann. “I could attack on the climb and go full gas and in the end take the sprint, I’m completely speechless.”
Reigning Tour de France champion Vingegaard crossed in the main group of race favourites, 48 seconds behind Zimmermann.
The Dane holds a 70-second lead over Ben O’Connor, with Julian Alaphilippe 13 seconds further back in third overall.
There are two more mountain stages to close out the race this weekend.
“The climb was not long enough to make a difference. Two difficult stages await us. I hope I have good legs,” said the Jumbo-Visma leader.