Criterium du Dauphine #7: Ghebreigzabhier ends just outside top 20

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of the early attacker, Daniel Navarro (Cofidis). 3rd place was taken by Roman Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the race overall.

The final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine was the third short but big climbing day of the race in a row. 5 categorised climbs were squashed into a 130km route, meaning there was just no place to hide today.

An early break of 6 riders went clear after the first climb of the day, and in that group, proved he was the strongest of the lot. Navarro was holding onto a small lead as the final climb started but unfortunately for the Cofidis rider, Yates jumped from the yellow jersey group, catching and passing Navarro with 50m to go.

For our African Team, it was up to Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier to see how he’d fair on such a tough stage. As neo-pro, racing won of the toughest World Tour stage races on the calendar, Ghebreigzabhier did well to keep the yellow jersey group in check until the family climb. By crossing the line 26th, our young Eritrean would pace 22nd overall. A fair result for the first year pro.

Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier – Rider
The Dauphine was a very hard race for me. Many of the riders are in top shape before Tour de France so it was a good test for me and it was good to get the experience racing these guys. I’m confident I can be up there against some of these riders in the future. Thanks to the team for supporting me this week, it has been a great opportunity for me to learn at a World Tour race.