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After a tough opening stage the riders face up to the first big mountains of the race, with a summit finish on the Col de Porte. Ineos set up their now standard mountain train, with Thomas, Sivakov, Froome, Kwiatkowski, Van Baarle and Castroveijo riding all in support of Egan Bernal. They did set a very high pace but it seemed to play into the hands of Jumbo Visma and Roglic, who, even without the help of Dumoulin and Kruisjwijk in the latter stages of the climb, were able to team up on an isolated Bernal with American Sepp Kuss and Primoz Roglic. A devastating attack from Roglic with around 700m remaining dropped Bernal off his wheel and, with no one coming close to being able to follow, Roglic ran away with the stage victory and the lead in the general classification at the Dauphine, ensuring his favouritism for the Tour de France starting at the end of this month.
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