Critérium du Dauphiné (stage 7) : Ben O’Connor takes 5th

Ben O’Connor: « I like that kind of effort »

« Since doing the Tour de Romandie, I know that long climbs are really a strong suit of mine. I like this kind of effort. I am very happy. I exploded when Mas accelerated and Lopez took off. Everyone was very tired so it was impossible to make any big differences.Tomorrow is another difficult mountain stage where there may be some more excellent opportunities.»Ben

The number

5

Thirteenth on the stage and tenth in the general classification, Aurélien Paret Peintre is 5 seconds behind David Gaudu in the best young rider classification.
“It was a good day of racing. On Friday, Ben O’Connor and I were disappointed to have “cracked a little” and lost some time. But today we reloaded, and we are up front with the best in the race,” Aurélien Paret Peintre said.

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Road rash for Greg Van Avermaet

Having had a crash at around 72 kilometer into the stage, Greg van Avermaet suffered slight dermabrasions to the elbow, hip and his left side.”It’s a shame because it was a slightly stupid fall at the moment when the break had already gone. There was some movement in the peloton in front of me and I could not avoid it. Luckily it’s not too serious,” Greg Van Avermaet explained