Mark Padun rounded off an incredible week for Bahrain Victorious winning his second consecutive stage at the Critérium du Dauphiné. His win also saw him take the KOM classification jersey on the final day. Meanwhile, Jack Haig proved his form ahead of the Tour de France, achieving a top-five place in GC, while Sonny Colbrelli‘s efforts of a win and three podium finishes saw him secure the Green Jersey.
After winning the queen stage, Mark Padun went away in the break with a group of around 20 riders. The group made a gap of over five minutes with Padun going over the climbs to secure points and move him into the KOM jersey. Padun was out on his own with 10 kilometres remaining and cruised home to the win for the second consecutive day.
Meanwhile, in the GC group, Jack Haig tested the peloton looking to improve his GC place, but the Ineos had strength in numbers to close the gap. Jack solidified his top five results and showed good form ahead of the Tour de France. Sonny, Colbrelli also worked hard to get over the last two mountainous stages to secure the green jersey.
Mark Padun on his consecutive stage win: ” I’m living a dream, it’s something really incredible because, after yesterday’s victory, it was already unbelievable. This morning I woke up with so much stress because there was so much happiness in me. I tried to forget about yesterday and focus on today.
The plan was to go in the breakaway, and if I was going to the last climb, I’d help Jack in GC. Then I heard from the car to go for the KOM jersey, and then I had it. Then when I had two minutes on the last climb, maybe I can go for it, and everything went by so easy today, and it was something incredible.”
After the race, Jack Haig was in positive spirits: “It was a super good week, and the team worked really well together. We had a bit of bad luck with Eros going home on stage one, but everyone came together and did a really good job. It would have been nice to get Sonny a couple more stage wins, but I think one stage win from him and two from Padun, the green jersey, the mountain jersey, and the fifth in GC is not such a bad week.
I go home now, take a bit of recovery and a bit more training, but I’m super excited for the Tour. A lot of the hard work has been done, and now it’s about resting up and coming to the Tour de France fresh.”
Rolf Aldag recapped the week of racing: “We started off quite good, but a bit of frustration not to pull off more stage wins with Sonny, which would have been well deserved. But with one stage win and the green jersey and Jack being consistent in his racing and very much up there, of course, was a nice statement from the team.
Then we had a complete turnaround with Padun’s two stage wins here. It was really nice for him on one side as things haven’t always gone his way. At the same time, it allowed Jack to focus on his race and attack without risk and not have the pressure all on him. So now we are looking forward to the coming weeks. Saying that, we have to be careful as three weeks until the Tour de France is not always easy. We need to maintain and do the right things and support the riders ahead of the Tour.”
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