Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) put on an explosive display in the final meters of the seventh stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné to overtake Dani Navarro (Cofidis) for a dramatic stage win. Navarro, who was a member of the early breakaway and looked to have the stage win in hand until the final meters finished second, while Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) came in third. Geraint Thomas rolled in 19-seconds later to secure one of the biggest stage race victories of his career.

“It’s amazing, it’s incredible, it hasn’t really sunk yet in yet. I didn’t let myself think this far ahead. I was always thinking about the next day or the next climb,” said Thomas after the stage.

“The punctures didn’t really help. I had to chase back on. The guys were just incredible, they rode really well for me. I was just counting down the kilometers on the last climb and knew that I had about 1:20 to lose on Yatesy, so each K that went by I was more confident and happy. In the final 300m, when they started sprinting, I was just done, finally.”

Despite displaying impressive form all week, Thomas was coy when asked what his goals for July entailed, “I’m going to enjoy this win now, rest up, recover and just look forward to July.”

The stage winner, Yates, noted how he has been working on his late-racing timing and how the win reflects well on his Tour de France preparation is on track.

“It was a hard stage, back to back, since yesterday was also really hard. I knew in the finale I just had to wait a little bit. The last few days I’ve been the first one to make the first move, to initiate things. So I wanted to bide my time, and make the kick to the line. In the end, everything worked out.

The Tour de France has been my goal from the start of the season. I had a bad crash in Catalunya which set things back, but I’ve made a pretty good recovery. It shows I’m in pretty good shape, now I’m looking forward to the next training block.”

Adam Yates won the seventh stage of the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais-Les Bains-Mont Blanc on Sunday. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Adam was also asked if the stage win puts him above his twin brother Simon in the Yates family cycling hierarchy.

“I’m going to say me, but if you look at the stats, he has more wins, so we’ll call it a draw.”

The short but difficult stage, 136km long with 4000 meters of climbing, featured aggressive and dramatic racing, with Thomas suffering two flats, one coming with 42-kilometer remaining with AG2R setting a high tempo on the front. The Briton lost close to a minute and was forced to use the full might of his Sky team to chase back on before the penultimate climb of the day. Thomas was finally able to close the gap with 25-kilometers left to race and wasted no time letting Bardet know how he felt about his team keeping the pace one once he suffered a mechanical misfortune.

Once the race hit the final climb to the finish at Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, the already small peloton was reduced to a select group of contenders. Stage 5 winner and fourth place overall, Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates), was distanced on the final slopes, which led to Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) driving the pace in an attempt to take the Irishman’s high overall placing.

Bardet launched a few unsuccessful attacks meant to distance Thomas and allow the Frenchman to get a stage win at his home race, but Thomas was glued to his rear wheel. The final kilometers looked to be repeating yesterday, with a lone rider from the early breakaway holding off an indecisive chase group, when Bardet threw down one final attack inside the final kilometer that was countered powerfully by Yates, who closed gap to the struggling Navarro and blew straight by the Spaniard to take the stage win. Thomas, knowing he had plenty of time in hand, didn’t attempt to challenge Yates and rode a steady pace to preserve his large overall margin. Both Thomas and Yates will surely come out of the race with plenty of confidence for next month’s Tour de France.

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 7 Results

1YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott3:51:34
2NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:04
3BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale0:09
4BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe0:14
5THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky0:19
6MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates0:24
7CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team,,
8MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert0:28
9LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale0:35
10ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:41
11TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:50
12EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:17
13ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin1:35
14GEOGHEGAN HART TaoTeam Sky2:03
15GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ2:50
16CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates3:07
17RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates3:20
18MEURISSE XandroWanty - Groupe Gobert3:31
19BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:34
20SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo3:54
21GRMAY TsgabuTrek - Segafredo,,
22BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal4:06
23MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ4:18
24VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ4:20
25CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky4:53
26GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data5:47
27NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team6:04
28KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
29SOLER MarcMovistar Team,,
30BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic6:37
31LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ6:59
32TEUNS DylanBMC Racing Team7:19
33MORENO DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale7:34
34VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team7:42
35ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors7:53
36GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale8:28
37ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team8:51
38BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team,,
39TEKLEHAIMANOT DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
40ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ9:07
41CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team9:19
42PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team10:18
43MARCZYŃSKI TomaszLotto Soudal,,
44DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert10:48
45MACHADO TiagoTeam Katusha Alpecin12:11
46BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
47KIŠERLOVSKI RobertTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
48PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data,,
49CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal14:25
50IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott15:30
51HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott,,
52HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott,,
53PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe16:14
54CATALDO DarioAstana Pro Team18:28
55KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky,,
56MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,
57STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team,,
58BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team,,
59DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale,,
60NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale,,
61BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team,,
62HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team,,
63WYSS DaniloBMC Racing Team,,
64JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors,,
65KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal,,
66SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert,,
67KNOX JamesQuick-Step Floors,,
68ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team,,
69VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott,,
70COURTEILLE ArnaudVital Concept Cycling Club,,
71BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data,,
72MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic,,
73VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky,,
74MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert19:28
75PETILLI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates,,
76MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe20:55
77THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data21:03
78BRÄNDLE MatthiasTrek - Segafredo,,
79ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team,,
80FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
81KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
82BACKAERT FrederikWanty - Groupe Gobert,,
83PACHER QuentinVital Concept Cycling Club,,
84CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team,,
85PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
86SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team,,
87HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
88BOHLI TomBMC Racing Team,,
89SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates,,
90FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo,,
91PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic,,
92FEILLU BriceTeam Fortuneo - Samsic,,
93SERRY PieterQuick-Step Floors,,
94HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic,,
95HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
96TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb,,
97POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott,,
98CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
99CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
100HOWES AlexTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
101CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team22:59
102DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ25:33
103POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo27:13
104VAN ZYL JohannTeam Dimension Data27:28
105THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ28:30
106PÉRICHON Pierre-LucTeam Fortuneo - Samsic28:50
107SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits30:17
108TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
109BAUHAUS PhilTeam Sunweb30:19
110ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team32:36
111REZA KévinVital Concept Cycling Club,,
1THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky 24:43:12
2YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott1:00
3BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale1:47
4MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates2:35
5CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team2:44
6BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe3:05
7LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale4:05
8ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:22
9NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits4:31
10ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin4:45
11TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo5:21
12MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert5:54
13GEOGHEGAN HART TaoTeam Sky7:05
14BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal8:34
15CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates9:00
16SOLER MarcMovistar Team9:25
17GRMAY TsgabuTrek - Segafredo10:48
18VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ11:13
19BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic15:40
20EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits15:52
21ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors16:03
22GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data20:34
23VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team21:04
24NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team21:12
25JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors22:24
26RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates22:26
27BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team23:36
28BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic27:10
29MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ27:42
30CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky28:10
31GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale30:17
32BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha Alpecin33:40
33PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data36:59
34KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo38:16
35CHERNETSKI SergeiAstana Pro Team40:02
36KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha Alpecin40:58
37BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team41:36
38MEURISSE XandroWanty - Groupe Gobert42:07
39PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team44:14
40ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team44:47
41KIŠERLOVSKI RobertTeam Katusha Alpecin45:16
42DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert45:51
43HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott48:20
44MORENO DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale49:50
45GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ50:38
46CATALDO DarioAstana Pro Team,,
47HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott50:43
48MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,
49KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky50:49
50HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits52:28
51MACHADO TiagoTeam Katusha Alpecin52:55
52DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale56:35
53TEUNS DylanBMC Racing Team56:53
54PETILLI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates57:29
55SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo58:30
56MARCZYŃSKI TomaszLotto Soudal59:39
57LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ1:00:12
58MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert1:03:57
59NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale1:04:38
60VERONA CarlosMitchelton-Scott1:04:51
61HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team1:05:21
62BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team1:08:09
63KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal1:08:43
64HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:09:13
65MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe1:10:01
66IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott1:10:42
67BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data1:11:27
68POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott1:11:41
69FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo1:11:51
70COURTEILLE ArnaudVital Concept Cycling Club1:11:56
71CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:12:10
72CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team1:13:02
73CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal1:15:09
74VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky1:15:34
75SERRY PieterQuick-Step Floors1:16:08
76ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:16:09
77MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:16:50
78KNOX JamesQuick-Step Floors1:17:27
79TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb1:17:43
80STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team1:19:21
81POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:19:24
82PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe1:20:31
83FEILLU BriceTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:23:29
84TEKLEHAIMANOT DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:25:24
85PACHER QuentinVital Concept Cycling Club1:25:39
86SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert1:26:06
87DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ1:27:23
88WYSS DaniloBMC Racing Team1:27:30
89FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin1:28:25
90SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team1:28:31
91ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team1:30:01
92HOWES AlexTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:32:31
93ARCAS JorgeMovistar Team1:32:46
94HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:33:31
95CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:34:12
96CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team1:35:38
97THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data1:37:09
98PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:39:10
99BACKAERT FrederikWanty - Groupe Gobert1:40:30
100SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:40:35
101SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates1:43:58
102PÉRICHON Pierre-LucTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:44:00
103BRÄNDLE MatthiasTrek - Segafredo1:44:16
104BOHLI TomBMC Racing Team1:45:27
105ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:45:38
106VAN ZYL JohannTeam Dimension Data1:46:53
107PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:47:59
108THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ1:50:09
109TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:50:39
110REZA KévinVital Concept Cycling Club2:07:01
111BAUHAUS PhilTeam Sunweb2:11:18
1IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott45
2MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates42
3THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky40
4ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors37
5YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott36
6KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky31
7BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale31
8BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe25
9BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data22
10CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team20
11BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal19
12KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal19
13NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits18
14NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale18
15BEVIN PatrickBMC Racing Team16
16BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team15
17HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits14
18SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits14
19MOSCON GianniTeam Sky12
20SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert12
21LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale11
22MEURISSE XandroWanty - Groupe Gobert10
23MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert8
24SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo8
25CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal8
26TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb8
27ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin7
28HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic6
29BRÄNDLE MatthiasTrek - Segafredo5
30JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors4
32CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky2
33ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1
34TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1
35CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates1
36BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team1
1CATALDO DarioAstana Pro Team53
2BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team37
3NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits28
4THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky26
5MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates25
6BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic25
7YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott22
8GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ21
9TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo20
10ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors19
11RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates18
12BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha Alpecin18
13BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale16
14ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale15
15EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits14
16BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe13
17PAUWELS SergeTeam Dimension Data13
18CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale12
19FEILLU BriceTeam Fortuneo - Samsic9
20PÉRICHON Pierre-LucTeam Fortuneo - Samsic9
21CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates6
22DOMONT AxelAG2R La Mondiale6
23POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott6
24BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data5
25GRMAY TsgabuTrek - Segafredo5
26BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team5
27COURTEILLE ArnaudVital Concept Cycling Club5
28CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team4
29HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits4
30ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin3
32KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal3
33STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team3
34MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert2
35MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ2
36CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team2
37POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2
38PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe2
39FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin2
40CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2
41TEKLEHAIMANOT DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits1
42DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ1
1LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale 24:47:17
2TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:16
3MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert1:49
5BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal4:29
6CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates4:55
7SOLER MarcMovistar Team5:20
8VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ7:08
9GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data16:29
10RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates18:21
11KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo34:11
12GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ46:33
13HAMILTON LucasMitchelton-Scott46:38
14MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,
15PETILLI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates53:24
16POWER RobertMitchelton-Scott1:07:36
17CARRETERO HéctorMovistar Team1:08:57
18ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:12:04
19KNOX JamesQuick-Step Floors1:13:22
20POWLESS NeilsonTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:15:19
21SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert1:22:01
22FABBRO MatteoTeam Katusha Alpecin1:24:20
23CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team1:31:33
24PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:35:05
25BOHLI TomBMC Racing Team1:41:22
26THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ1:46:04
27TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:46:34
28BAUHAUS PhilTeam Sunweb2:07:13
1Team Sky 73:17:36
2UAE-Team Emirates7:18
3AG2R La Mondiale10:50
4Cofidis, Solutions Crédits18:39
5Team Katusha Alpecin37:11
6Wanty - Groupe Gobert43:49
7Groupama - FDJ44:36
8BMC Racing Team53:22
9Astana Pro Team54:13
11Quick-Step Floors1:06:28
12Trek - Segafredo1:07:44
13Team Fortuneo - Samsic1:09:33
14Lotto Soudal1:11:52
15Movistar Team1:27:06
16Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:36:03
17Team LottoNL-Jumbo1:37:45
18Team Dimension Data1:44:06
19BORA - hansgrohe1:49:59
20Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:58:03
21Vital Concept Cycling Club3:53:30

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