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06/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/10/2019 03:22

Critérium du Dauphiné. Stage 1. Alexey Lutsenko takes top 10 in exciting finale caused by breakaway with Magnus Cort

- This was the plan, but the stage was just 500 meters too long today. I tried to go for the stage victory today because I knew it would be a hard day for the sprint teams to control the race because of the hilly stage. The peloton will always be stronger in the end, but our breakaway was working well together. It was nice to be up there and to race for the win in a situation I did before, but today we just weren't lucky enough in the final, - said Magnus Cort.

- After a long break from racing and an altitude training camp, I had to get used again to the stress of racing. Especially in the final 30 kilometers of today's stage, there was a lot of stress, but I think we did a good job as a team. Too bad that Magnus Cort was not able to make it to the line, so in the end I tried a sprint, but I messed it up in the final corner. But the legs felt good and we have a great team here, so I think we will further improve day by day, - said Alexey Lutsenko.

Stage 1 of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 started in Aurillac to finish in Jussac after 142 kilometers of racing. A group of six riders took off from the start, including Magnus Cort. With an advantage of over three minutes on the peloton, the group worked well together to make it to the finish line. But on the final circuit, most of the riders in the break got dropped and only Magnus Cort and Oliver Naesen were leading before they got joined by Bjorg Lambrecht, who attacked from the chasing pack. But the three riders wouldn't make it to the line, as the reduced peloton caught them with 500 meters to go.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the fastest rider of the day, he's the first overall leader in the Dauphiné as he won the stage. Kazakh champion Alexey Lutsenko finished eighth, Jakob Fuglsang finished in the same group as well.

Tomorrow the riders will start in Mauriac to finish in Craponne-sur-Arzon after 180 kilometers. Another hard, hilly day at Critérium du Dauphiné is expected at Stage 2.

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