Gregor Mühlberger has missed his greatest success as a professional cyclist on Friday by a few centimeters. The 25-year-old had to defeat his escape mate, runner-up First Julian Alaphilippe (FRA), on the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in the final sprint in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne after 229 km. The duod left with Alessandro de Marchi (ITA) after only 1
After eight climaxes, three of them the lowest category, the climbing king in the Tour de France 2018 had the better end for himself. On the descent from the last pass, Col de Beaune, Bora pro Mühlberger drove constantly and Alaphilippe stopped just after their competitors. The former ÖRV countryman, who has so far succeeded with three professional victories, pulled the sprint, but the 27-year-old star from the Deceuninck team just pushed past. The Marchi were 22 seconds behind.
The trio had taken a maximum lead in about 14 minutes, but was not a threat to the best of the general rating. Because Alaphilippe had 61st and best placed away more than 16 minutes behind. In the last climb, Ineos made the team at the speed of the field and the gap reached at 6:10 minutes. British rider Adam Yates (Team Mitchelton) kept his lead and is still four seconds ahead of Dylan Teuns (BEL) and six before Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Gregor Mühlberger, fifth in the first stage, This time his team got the green light to go into a break. "We harmonized very well. The seizures started the last 15 km, I always had Alaphilippe and De Marchi under control. Unfortunately, in the sprint against Alaphilippe, a few centimeters were still missing on the victory," said the lower Austrian.
Julian Alaphilippe, this year v. The winner of the classic Milan-San Remo, had tried to fail in the last climb. The sprint was difficult after such a long competition, the Frenchman said. "I wasn't sure I won. It's a special victory."