Critérium du Dauphiné – 6th stage: Valentin Ferron wins the 6th stage and his first World Tour success

Glory day for Valentin Ferron. The young Frenchman from TotalEnergies, born in Vienne in Isère but who grew up in Poitiers, won the second victory of his career, at 24, by winning the 6th stage of the Critérium de Dauphiné this Friday in Gap. As with his first success, last year on a stage of the Tour of Rwanda, he beat Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM) to the finish line. The puncher trained at UV Poitiers then at Vendée U succeeded in the kilometer by attacking his 5 breakaway companions under the red flame. Simple and efficient. Arriving about thirty seconds later, warm in the peloton, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) retains the yellow jersey before the last two alpine stages.

The surprise Ferron, Molano loses it, the French in the animation: the summary of the 6th stage

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It is already the 2nd victory in this Dauphiné for the Vendée team, which thus confirms its fine start to the season, after the success of Alexis Vuillermoz during the 2nd stage. For Ferron, it’s already a victory in form “culmination“, as he said hotly on arrival, but it calls for many others as this reserved young man is full of qualities. To achieve this, the puncher first managed to slip into the right breakaway of the day, already a feat in itself given the number of candidates and the extremely high pace at which this day of 196km was disputed at 3000m in altitude (45km / h on average), beyond in particular the Cols de Rousset (1233m ) and Cabre (1181m).

Five out of six French in the breakaway

At 50 km from the finish, the peloton was less than 3 minutes behind and seemed in a position to come back. But the 6 leading men were too strong. And thanks to their perfect agreement, we quickly understood that the junction could not take place, despite the insistence of the riders from Intermarché, Trek-Segafredo and BikeExchange-Jayco. Up front, there were five Frenchmen and an Italian, Andrea Bagioli (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), the best-placed man overall (3’02” behind WVA). And when Ferron tried his luck at the kilometer, the other Tricolores did not want to make the effort, leaving Bagioli to take the chase.

Emotions for Ferron: “It’s a special feeling to win here, we’re going to celebrate that tonight”

He reacted with a slight delay and Ferron was never seen again. After having consolidated his best climber’s jersey throughout the day, Rolland took a surprising 2nd place given his qualities as a sprinter. Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) completed the podium, ahead of Bagioli, Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen) and Victor Lafay (Cofidis).

Molano’s bad move

The peloton, which arrived 32” later, was settled by Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Emirates). But we wouldn’t be surprised to see him disqualified: the Colombian was seen, on the descent to Gap, throwing a punch in the face of Hugo Page (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), carrying the green jersey by proxy – Van Aert already wears the yellow jersey and Ethan Hayter the white.

On the eve of the alpine weekend, decisive for the general, no cador has moved this Friday. Positions and spreads are unchanged. Van Aert maintains a 1’03” lead over Mattia Cattaneo (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and 1’06” over teammate Primoz Roglic.

A punch and the door? “I would be very surprised to see Molano at the start tomorrow…”

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Barguil: “That’s the problem: when there are too many French people, it’s not good for the breakaway”


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The surprise Ferron, Molano loses it, the French in the animation: the summary of the 6th stage


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