Jakob Fuglsang wins Criterium du Dauphine ahead of the Tour de France
Team Astana defended their lead to allow Jakob Fuglsang to secure overall victory at the Criterium du Dauphine
The final mountain stage from Cluses crossed the French border to Champery in Switzerland.
A 13-rider breakaway included Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott).
The pair rode away from their breakaway companions on the final climb, van Baarle using his sprint to take the stage win ahead of Haig
Haig's team leader Adam Yates, second place overall, abandoned with 50km left to race suffering with a fever.
Astana set a high pace in the peloton for much of the stage to defend Jakob Fuglsang's overall lead.
Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) finished second overall, 20 seconds behind, with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) third overall at 21 seconds behind.
Belgian riders Wout van Aert won the points classification jersey and Bjorg Lambrecht won the youth classification jersey.
Fuglsang's victory makes him a favorite for the Tour de France, "I think my next race is another one in France..." he joked, "I’m looking forward to it. I think I’m in the right way and that this year can be a good year for me. This has been a fantastic season and I hope it can get even better."
"This year everything seems to come really easy and perfectly," he continued, ""It makes it so much easier, there’s no stress and everything comes automatically. Also the whole Astana team is super strong and everybody is lifting everyone else, there’s a good atmosphere, it’s really good.”
VIDEO: 2019 Criterium du Dauphine Stage 8 Highlights
2019 Criterium du Dauphine Stage 8 Top 10
1 Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Ineos 3:05:38
2 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
3 Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto Soudal 0:00:50
4 Warren Barguil (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:01:12
5 Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma
6 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:16
7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:59
8 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
9 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert
10 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe.
2019 Criterium du Dauphine Final General Classification
1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 30:44:27
2 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 0:00:20
3 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:21
4 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:28
5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:33
6 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:11
7 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:01:12
8 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:24
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:38.