A Drenched Wout Poels wins Mountain Top Finish at the Dauphine
Team Ineos's Wout Poels dedicated his win on the mountainous seventh stage of the Criterium du Dauphine to teammate Chris Froome
"It's great news for the team and it's a gift for Chris," Poels said after the rain soaked tough stage, "It was nice to have the freedom to go for the win, but it's sad for Chris."
Jakob Fuglsang (Team Astana) took overall race leader's yellow jersey, after finishing second and is now eight seconds ahead of the Briton Adam Yates after a rain-lashed 133km stage on Saturday.
"I have never seen worse racing conditions anywhere," said Fuglsang.
Poels overhailed Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) on the final 20km climb, the toughest stage of this year's race.
Fuglsang won the Dauphine in 2017.
The final shorter 113km stage on Sunday is another mountainous stage with a mountain top finish that packs a punch.
If Fuglsang can hang on, he will be one of the the favourites for the overall at the 2019 Tour de France.
The race is still wide open with four riders within 30 seconds incluing Adam Yates, Tejay Van Garderen, Buchmann, and Wout Poels.
The final stage should see some furious action packed racing to decide the overall winner.
VIDEO: Stage 7 Highlights
Stage 7 Top 10
1 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 4:01:34
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:01
3 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:01
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:10
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:10
6 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:10
7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:13
8 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:16
9 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:30
10 Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:34
GC after Stage 7
1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 27:36:40
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:08
3 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:20
4 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:21
5 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:28
6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:32
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:33
8 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:12
9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:20
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21