Critérium du Dauphiné (st. 7)
Catalan struggles after tough three mountain stages before Sunday, concedes more than six minutes atop Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc; Adam Yates (MTS) wins stage seven as Thomas (SKY) triumphs.
Seven days of strong efforts weren’t enough for Marc Soler (Movistar Team) to claim a well-deserved prize at the end of the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné, where he again showed courage and character. The 24-year-old Catalan had a difficult day into the final route of the Alpine race -136km with four categorized climbs between Moûtiers and Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc-, briefly losing contact into the final kilometers of the Col des Saisies (Cat-2). Marc also suffered into the descent due to a puncture by race leader Geraint Thomas (SKY), which upped the pace in both the GC group and the pursuit.
Soler lost contact for good (or bad) just before the steep Amerands (Cat-1) ascent, and ended up conceding more than six minutes against the main GC riders, with Adam Yates (MTS) taking the day’s win after overtaking early escapee Dani Navarro (COF) into the last 100 meters. Marc, 16th in the final GC, lost the white jersey he had fought so hard to take for the last seven days -and achieved atop La Rosière on Saturday- together with the youngest of the Movistar Team members in France.
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