Jumbo Visma crushes its rivals as Roglic wins Criterium du Dauphine

Primoz Roglic won the final stage 8 of the Dauphineon Sunday at the Plateau de Solaison as teammate Jonas Vingegaard won the stage. It's less than three weeks before the start of the Tour de France

Jumbo Visma crushes its rivals as Roglic wins Criterium du Dauphine

The 8th and final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné covered a total distance of 138.8km between Saint-Alban-Leysse and the Plateau de Solaison. The profile promised another big day of climbing in the French Alps. The first ascent right off the start, the well-known Col de la Colombière and to finish it off, and a brutal final climb towards the mountain finish definitely made this a day for the climbers. 

The Slovenian took second on the eighth and final stage won by his Danish teammate Jonas Vingegaard.

The two Jumbo riders worked together on the final ascent of a stage that included four climbs.

Vingegaard, with Roglic following his rear wheel, delivered the decisive attack with 5.4km to go.

After shaking off their rivals, the two men crossed the line holding hands with Roglic allowing Vingegaard to lead by half a wheel.

"We had a plan that I would attack and he would follow me and we would try and drop everyone," said Vingegaard. "We can be very happy."

Australian Ben O'Connor of AG2R finished 15 seconds behind to take third on the day and in the race.

In the final classification, Roglic was 40 seconds ahead of Vingegaard with O'Connor at 1 min 41 sec.

Jumbo dominated the race, with another of their stars Wout Van Aert winning a stage and leading for three days.

Vingegaard, who appeared even more comfortable than Roglic on the final climb, took his first win in the Dauphine, a year after showing his potential by finishing second overall in his Tour de France debut.

That was the second straight second place in the Tour for Jumbo, who also had a rider finish third in 2019.

The Criterium is designed as a rehearsal for the Tour, but Vingegaard said it did not prove Jumbo could dominate the three-week race.

"It will be hard for us to be one-two in the Tour because there are so many more general classification contenders and the competition will be harder," he said before abandoning his caution: "But we go for at least one of us trying to win it."

The 32-year-old Roglic took his second WorldTour stage race victory of the year in the absence of fellow Slovenian and Tadej Pogacar, winner of the last two Tours de France.

In March, Roglic won Paris-Nice, a race he lost on the final day in 2021.

On Sunday, he made up for more last-day disappointment in the 2020 Dauphine when he abandoned on the morning of the final stage while wearing the leader's jersey, following a fall.

VIDEO: 2022 Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 8 Highlights

2022 Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 8 Top 10

1. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo Visma, in 3-49-20
2. Primož Roglic (Slo) Jumbo Visma, same time
3. Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team, +15secs
4. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Education Easy-Post, +53secs
5. Ruben Guerrerio (Por) EF Education Easy-Post, same time
6. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious, +55secs
7. Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux, same time
8. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious, same time
9. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo Visma, +1.20
10. Tobias Johannessen (Nor) Uno X Pro Cycling Team, +1.40

2022 Critérium du Dauphiné Final Classification

1. Primož Roglic (Slo) Jumbo Visma, in 29-11-22
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo Visma, +40secs
3. Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team, +1.41
4. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious, +2.33
5. Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious, +3.13
6. Louis Meintjes (Rsa) Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux, +3.17
7. Esteban Chaves (Col) EF Education Easy-Post, +3.18
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr) Ineos Grenadiers, +3.44
9. Ruben Guerrerio (Por) EF Education Easy-Post, +3.48
10. Tobias Johannessen (Nor) Uno X Pro Cycling Team, +3.51

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