While the results of stage four in this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné show race-leader Primož Roglič still sitting firmly in the lead, the results do not tell the whole story. The Slovenian felt little threat by any of his rivals, but a mid-race crash certainly threw his winning chances into suspense.
Suddenly, as the peloton approached Albertville, the Jumbo-Visma rider was lying in the middle of the road. Clearly stunned, he then got up, walked to his team car, and sat down in the driver’s seat while his race director could be heard on the radio telling his team to slow down at the front. But then almost as quickly, Roglič was back up and on a new bike, chasing back to the pack with Wout van Aert leading the way.
And almost just as quickly, he could be seen back at the front, in the shadows of his yellow and black-clad team.
That said, it is safe to say that neither he nor his team had little interest in chasing down the early-morning break after such an incident, and Germany’s Lennard Kamna proved the best of the lead group that included heavy hitters like Julian Alaphilippe and Michał Kwiatkowski.
And now it seems that the only thing between Roglic and overall victory in the Dauphiné is how well he sleeps and recovers from his crash.