Friday 10 June 2011 at 23h40

The 5th stage from the Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-les-Dombes and Les Gets was the first real mountain stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2011 and it was won by a French rider, Christophe Kern, after a long solo escape by Jason McCartney.

This stage didn't lead to any changes in the general classification which is still led by Bradley Wiggins.


The summary of the 5th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2011 : Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-les-Dombes > Les Gets

Brice Feillu (Team Leopard-Trek) and Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale), didn't start this morning in Villars-les-Dombes and after the riders who gave up yesterday, the peloton was down to 170 riders at the start in the Parc des Oiseaux.

While different groups tried to escape, Vladimir Gusev (Katusha Team) left the roads of the Critérium du Dauphiné because of his breathing problems which were bothering him since a few days.

The attempts to escape continued to come during this stage, but the high speed at which the peloton was traveling prevented a real breakaway to be formed. Finally one single rider attacked solo at kilometer 95 and Jason McCartney (Team Radioshack) creates a gap which goes up to no less than 12'30" about forty kilometers further.

While he was creating his gap, the Haedo brothers (Saxo Bank-Sungard), Lucas Sebastián and Juan José, left the race.

The riders of Katusha Team got to the front of the peloton and reduced McCartney's gap quite quickly and it all accellerated even more when Team Europcar took over the chase. In the final climb, the American rider is taken back by three riders who got off from the front of the peloton, Tony Martin (Team HTC-Highroad), Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) and Maciej Paterski (Liquigas-Cannondale).
Oliver Zaugg (Team Leopard-Trek) gets back on them and continues at the same speed. At 3 kilometers from the finish he gets company from Christophe Kern (Team Europcar), Tony Martin, David Lopez Garcia (Movistar Team) and Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) and from this new leading group, Christophe Kern attacks alone at 2 kilometers from the finish. While the other riders of the leading group are taken back by the peloton, the French rider continues to victory on the finish line in Les Gets!

Chris Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank-Sungard) finished at the second place at 7 seconds behind him, followed at 2 seconds by Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar), Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha Team) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana). Since Bradley Wiggins finished 6th with the same gap on Kern, nothing changed in the top of the general classification.

door Thomas Vergouwen
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this publication is published in: Critérium du Dauphiné 2011 | Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré


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  1. Bravo Wiggins , bravo Kern , bravo Rodriguez !!!! Beau critérium avec une dernière étape très dure , ou de nombreux courreurs terminèrent hors délai , vivement le Tour !!! A+ Thomas .

    | liserois | Monday 13 June 2011 om 07h05

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