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Lans-en-Vercors - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - ALAPHILIPPE Julian (FRA) of Quick - Step Floors pictured during 70th Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT) - stage-4 - from Chazey-sur-Ain to Lans-en-Vercors 181 KM - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2018

Dauphiné’18 Stage 4: Allez Alaphilippe!

PeloPics: Following a long-lasting breakaway of Dario Cataldo (Astana) who was caught only 300 meters before the line, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won an uphill sprint against Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) in Lans-en-Vercors. Gianni Moscon took over from Michal Kwiatkowski in the lead of the overall ranking but Team Sky retained the first three positions.

2nd on the stage, Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates): “I feel good, I came into the race without expectations. Just race with a smile on my face, I knew I was in good condition. I’m still waiting for the Tour de France, I’m not in top condition, but this is a good sign for July.”

Stage winner and 4th overall, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors): “I am super happy, because this is a high-level race and all the riders are in very good shape. I knew this was the only day I could go for the win and told my teammates since the morning that I wanted to do something. Coming off an altitude training camp I didn’t have the best feelings, but I was extremely motivated to get a win in my home race, and having accomplished my goal gives me a lot of confidence with the start of the Tour de France just weeks away”

Overall leader, Gianni Moscon (Sky): “I didn’t expect to lead the race! I will enjoy wearing this jersey tomorrow but G and Kwiato are our two guys who can win the Dauphine. My role will not change despite having the jersey. My role here is to try and help Kwiato and G [Geraint Thomas]. Alaphilippe was the strongest for winning the stage in this relatively short finale but I think Geraint is the strongest for winning the overall.”

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 4 Result:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors in 4:26:58
2. Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
5. Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:05
6. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
7. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
8. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert at 0:08
9. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Sky
10. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal.

Critérium du Dauphiné Overall After Stage 4:
1. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Sky in 13:55:30
2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky at 0:06
3. Geraint Thomas (GB) Sky
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors at 0:48
5. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC at 0:49
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors at 1:05
7. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 1:11
8. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 1:13
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:41
10. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 1:48.

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