Criterium du Dauphine: Alejandro Valverde edges Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart to win stage six

Alejandro Valverde celebrates winning stage six of the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde rolled back the years to edge Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart to victory on stage six at the Criterium du Dauphine.

The 41-year-old, who won the race in 2008 and 2009, came through in the final 200m to win a sprint to the line.

It came after a tough uphill finish to the 167km stage from Loriol-sur-Drome to Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse.

Kazakhstan’s Alexey Lutsenko took the overall lead after finishing alongside Geraint Thomas, who moves up to fourth.

Lukas Postlberger had led the French race after winning stage two from Brioude to Saugues.

But the Austrian was dropped on the Col de Porte and arrived at the finish having lost more than eight minutes.

More to follow.

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