Criterium du Dauphine: Richie Porte wins with Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Geraint Thomas third


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Richie Porte won the Criterium du Dauphine with Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Geraint Thomas third after a dramatic final day in the mountains.

Thomas fell on the final descent 7.7km from home, sliding out on a bend, although he was able to remount.

But the Welshman dug deep to catch the leading pack for the final 2km, giving Porte crucial support.

Bahrain Victorious rider Mark Padun won the eighth and final stage and secured the king of the mountain’s title.

He claimed the polka-dot jersey with another impressive day in the mountains, with the Ukrainian having also triumphed on stage seven’s summit finish at La Plagne on Saturday.

Astana’s Alexey Lutsenko claimed second overall, but it was Grenadiers who have put down an impressive marker as they build towards the start of the Tour de France that gets underway on 26 June in Brittany.

Sunday’s mountainous final stage was a 147km route from La-Lechere-les-Bains to Les Gets on the western edge of the Alps.

More to follow.

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