Dane Fuglsang wins Criterium du Dauphine
Danish cyclist Jakob Fuglsang has won the Criterium du Dauphine race for the second time after keeping his overnight lead in the final stage, which Australian rider Jack Haig narrowly missed out on claiming.
The 2017 champion finished 20 seconds ahead of American rider Tejay van Garderen and 0:21 clear of Emanuel Buchmann of Germany in the standings on Sunday.
Australian team Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates, who was eight seconds behind Fuglang in second place overnight, pulled out with sickness with some 50km to go on the 113.5km trek from Cluses - in the high mountains of the Savoie region - to Champery in Switzerland.
Several riders were affected by heavy winds and chilly conditions. The 34-year-old Fuglsang was pleasantly surprised at how he ended up winning.
"I was expecting the day to be even harder than it eventually happened to be, but my team controlled it in a perfect way from the beginning," the Astana rider said.
"For me, it was a jump in a limousine until the finish."
Australian rider Haig narrowly missed out on claiming the stage victory after launching his attack 16km from the finish line.
The 25-year-old Queenslander was on track for the the win, but Dutch rider Dylan van Baarle managed to beat him to the line in a sprint finish.
Van Baarle is a Team Ineos teammate of four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, whose race ended dramatically on Wednesday when he hit the wall of a house during a training session ahead of a time trial.
Froome is recovering following a six-hour operation after being airlifted from Roanne to Saint-Etienne hospital. The 34-year-old Froome broke his right femur, elbow and several ribs and has been ruled out of the Tour, which starts July 6 in Brussels.