French Cyclist Alaphilippe Conquers Dauphiné's Stage

Martin crosses the line to take stage 5 in Valmorel

Martin crosses the line to take stage 5 in Valmorel

BC-CYC-Criterium du Dauphine, 114Dan Martin wins Dauphine Stage 5, Thomas takes commandEds: APNewsNow. Julian Alaphilippe won the stage, Pello Bilbao showed his legs by finishing not far behind at an eleventh place, Kazinform has learnt from the club's official website. When I passed the rider who attacked just before me I thought we could go to the top together, but when I arrived on top I was on my own. "They're super hard climbing stages and even harder over the weekend".

"I feel good, I came into the race without expectations".

After finishing the stage in ninth among a select chasing group, Team Sky's Gianni Moscon (Italy) took the race lead and leadfrogged teammate Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), with Thomas is now in third.

"These four days in the mountains are the hardest four days I would have raced I think in a one-week stage race", said the 32-year-old Thomas.

Alaphilippe, the home French rider for Quick-Step Floors, was constantly near the front during the 4.8 kilometres summit finish at the end of the 181km stage four from Chazey-sur-Ain. Martin and his rivals will face two climbs of category two in the first 20 kilometres and then the summit finish of 12.7 kilometres at an average of seven per cent.

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