The second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné won by Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) offered an outstanding fight in the Auvergne region. A brave Warren Barguil was dropped in the last climb but his main goal is to prepare for the Tour de France and finish this race in great condition. The goal is the same for Andre Greipel who will probably have a chance to take part in a mass sprint in Riom on Tuesday.
Yvon Ledanois : « it was not a stage for the strong men but still a World Tour level effort. If you’re not at 99.9% you cannot make it. Today a world class rider, Tom Dumoulin, escapes before being reined in and dropped 120km into the stage. About 30 riders were dropped early on, it goes to show the level of the race and the riders who make an effort one day pay for it the day after. Doubey (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was in the breakaway on Sunday and he abandoned today. In a World Tour race, if you’re not at the top at the start, you cannot play a role. Warren Barguil has team mates with him all day although not in the last climb when the potential Tour riders attack. Our leaders is at his place today, it’s not a surprise, it’s even logical. It’s not alarming at all. He raced two Coupe de France events before and before that, the Tour of Catalunya. We have to stand back and see how his condition improves. None of the sprinters has a good day. Andre is brave and he fought during a tough stage. He can do a great sapient tomorrow. It’s an objective for him and for us.»