June 9, 2016 – After narrowly missing out on a pack sprint on stage three, the sprint teams left nothing to chance on this final flat stage in the Dauphiné Critérium.
By James Startt, European Associate to Peloton
In typical fashion, a three-man group darted up the road in the early phase of the stage, but a stiff headwind and a determined peloton, rarely let their gap exceed four minutes. And after several near misses this week, Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson-Hagen stormed to victory in winding, uphill sprint, a move that also allowed him to grab the green points jersey off the shoulders of Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni.
But while the sprinters had the final word today, the overall contenders were already focusing their attention on stage five, the first of three mountainous stages that will decide the race.