Dauphiné: Sepp Kuss wins final stage, Daniel Martínez takes overall victory

Young Coloradan wins mountainous stage after attacking from elite escape group, Martínez takes overall for EF Pro Cycling after Roglič did not start.

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Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) won the fifth and final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné Sunday.

The 25-year-old Coloradan took victory with an attack from the breakaway with nine kilometers remaining of the multi-mountain test around Megève, France. Daniel Martínez (EF Pro Cycling) and Tadej Pogaçar (UAE Team Emirates) rounded out the stage podium.

Kuss’ victory came after working tirelessly in support of his team leaders through the opening four stages of the race, putting a cap on a run of August performances marking him as one of the best climbers in the pro peloton. He will now go on to make his Tour de France debut in 13 days’ time, working for his team leaders in the mountains.

“It’s been one of the hardest days I’ve had on the bike,” Kuss said. “It was full-on from the start. I saw everyone was really tired and I could take advantage because I was lower on GC. I’ve trained harder than ever and I’m having so much fun on the bike right now. Now we can focus on the Tour de France with a confidence booster.”

Martínez’s second place on the stage was enough to give him the overall victory.

The Colombian started the stage in fourth overall after race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) did not start having sustained a number of injuries in his crash Saturday.

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had assumed the GC lead at the start of the Sunday’s stage, though the Frenchman lost too much time on the final climb of the day to maintain his place at the top of the podium, leaving him settling for second-place overall. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) took third on GC.

Martinez took his first major GC victory. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Pool via Getty Images.
Martinez took his first major GC victory. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Pool via Getty Images.

The mountain-packed race burst into life early on, with the bunch fracturing on the Hors Categorie Col de Romme in the opening 50km of the stage.

The lead group fractured and swelled repeatedly, and by the summit of the second climb major climb of the day, all the main GC contenders were in a chase group of 20 behind Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos), who had attacked off the front on the lower slopes of the ascent.

Ineos pair Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas did not make the front bunch after the initial shakeups and subsequent settling of the race.

After the opening progression of climbs and going into the final 50km, Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Nairo Quintana (Arkea Samsic) and Richie Porte (Trek Segafredo) had all fallen off the pace of the main chase group, with the two escapees now 1:30 ahead.

Sivakov was the next casualty of the crash-riddled race, losing his back wheel on a wide arching descent with 30km to go. The Ineos rider hit the deck hard, knocking his head, picking up a huge tear to his jersey and a large patch of road rash on his back. The young Russian was able to get back on his bike and chase and bridge back to Alaphilippe, who had gone on solo.

Behind the two leaders, Pogaçar, Martínez, and Miguel Angel Lopéz (Astana) attacked out of the GC group on the third-last climb of the day. Martínez and Kuss set off in pursuit, and by the bottom of the descent, six riders – Kuss, Pogaçar, Martínez, Alaphilippe, Sivakov and Lopéz – came together at the front, while the main chase group began breaking down behind them.

With the final 20km of the stage pointing entirely uphill, the attacks began flying in the front group, with Alaphilippe falling off the pace.

With Lopéz and Martinez starting the day on the same time on GC in fourth and fifth, and the trio ahead of them in the standings over one minute behind them on the stage, the two Colombians started attacking each other from the lead group.

Sensing his GC lead under threat from Martínez and Lopéz, Pinot picked up the pace in the chase group, and the gap to the five escapees soon started to tumble.

Kuss accelerated away from his escape companions with 9 kilometers to go and soon opened a 20-second gap on the grinding five percent uphill to the line at the Megève Altiport.

The 25-year-old went into TT mode through the final, wrists on the bars, railing the corners through the final climb. Martínez led the group behind the flying American though was unable to prevent the Coloradan from increasing his gap. However, the Colombian’s wider objective was to wrestle the GC victory from Pinot, who was chasing frantically behind.

Kuss went on without looking back and came onto the finishing strip alone, taking his second major stage win after also climbing to victory in the Vuelta a España last summer.


Back in the GC group, attacks flew from Pinot though he was unable to make headway as the GC lead began to slip from his grasp. The Frenchman’s continued aggression proved insufficient for him to limit his losses to Martínez, who finished 35 seconds ahead of him, second on the stage.

The result left Pinot taking second overall, with Martínez securing the first major GC victory of his career. He is part of his team’s lineup for the Tour later this month.

“This morning they told me Roglic wouldn’t start, so I knew the race would be hectic from the beginning,” Martínez said. “I was on my limit but I was determined to make it to the finish. It’s one of the biggest races in the world and to be able to win, coming from Colombia – it makes me very happy.”

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 5 Results

1KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma3:58:39
2MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeEF Pro Cycling0:27
3POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:30
4SIVAKOV PavelTeam INEOS0:45
5DUMOULIN TomTeam Jumbo-Visma0:51
6KÄMNA LennardBORA - hansgrohe0:51
7PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ1:02
8MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis1:04
9BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale1:06
10BARGUIL WarrenTeam Arkéa Samsic1:06
11YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott1:52
12LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team1:53
13VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team1:56
14HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb4:19
15MAS EnricMovistar Team4:21
16REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ7:42
17LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team10:20
18CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam INEOS10:20
19ROLLAND PierreB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM10:41
20ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step12:11
21URÁN RigobertoEF Pro Cycling12:15
22CHEREL MikaëlAG2R La Mondiale12:16
23DONOVAN MarkTeam Sunweb12:16
24ROSSETTO StéphaneCofidis12:16
25BARTA WillCCC Team12:16
26ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo12:16
27DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team12:16
28MADOUAS ValentinGroupama - FDJ12:16
29SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team12:16
30PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo12:16
31IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana Pro Team12:16
32SICARD RomainTeam Total Direct Energie12:16
33VERONA CarlosMovistar Team12:16
34PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale13:49
35GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe13:49
36NEILANDS KristsIsrael Start-Up Nation14:28
37DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal15:17
38VAN AERT WoutTeam Jumbo-Visma15:17
39VAN BAARLE DylanTeam INEOS16:12
40KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step16:12
41KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb16:16
42KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ16:48
43JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step16:48
44SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo16:48
45DE LA CRUZ DavidUAE Team Emirates16:48
46FORMOLO DavideUAE Team Emirates18:30
47LANDA MikelBahrain - McLaren19:19
48MOHORIČ MatejBahrain - McLaren19:19
49MASNADA FaustoCCC Team19:19
50CARUSO DamianoBahrain - McLaren19:19
51CARTHY HughEF Pro Cycling19:19
52PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team19:19
53ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ20:17
54PEREZ AnthonyCofidis20:17
55VALLS RafaelBahrain - McLaren24:32
56BILBAO PelloBahrain - McLaren24:32
57KOCHETKOV PavelCCC Team25:41
58POLANC JanUAE Team Emirates26:10
59LAFAY VictorCofidis26:10
60ROJAS José JoaquínMovistar Team30:57
61HAGEN Carl FredrikLotto Soudal30:57
62KANGERT TanelEF Pro Cycling30:57
63DEGAND ThomasCircus - Wanty Gobert30:57
64EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo31:00
65KEUKELEIRE JensEF Pro Cycling31:07
66DOUBEY FabienCircus - Wanty Gobert33:38
67ROCHE NicolasTeam Sunweb33:38
68WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation33:38
69MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis33:38
70GESINK RobertTeam Jumbo-Visma33:38
71SÜTTERLIN JashaTeam Sunweb33:38
72LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ33:38
73RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo33:38
74IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott33:38
75LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates33:38
76KUDUS MerhawiAstana Pro Team33:38
77BOOKWALTER BrentMitchelton-Scott33:38
78POZZOVIVO DomenicoNTT Pro Cycling33:38
79DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step33:38
80SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team33:38
81ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb33:38
82VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Pro Cycling33:38
83JUUL-JENSEN ChristopherMitchelton-Scott33:38
84COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain - McLaren33:38
85LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale33:38
86BAKELANTS JanCircus - Wanty Gobert33:38
87NIV GuyIsrael Start-Up Nation33:38
88TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren33:38
89PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale33:38
90EDET NicolasCofidis33:38
91HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott33:38
92FROOME ChrisTeam INEOS33:38
93MEINTJES LouisNTT Pro Cycling33:38
94O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling33:38
95GAUTIER CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM33:38
96SLAGTER Tom-JelteB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM33:38
97HOFSTETTER HugoIsrael Start-Up Nation33:38
98CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step33:38
99ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step33:38
100WEENING PieterTrek - Segafredo33:38
101GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale33:38
102STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team33:38
103COURTEILLE ArnaudB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM33:38
104VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal33:38
105THOMAS GeraintTeam INEOS33:48
106HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling33:48
1MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeEF Pro Cycling 21:44:58
2PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ0:29
3MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis0:41
4POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:56
5LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team1:38
6BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale1:43
7DUMOULIN TomTeam Jumbo-Visma2:07
8KÄMNA LennardBORA - hansgrohe2:14
9BARGUIL WarrenTeam Arkéa Samsic2:49
10KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma2:55
11SIVAKOV PavelTeam INEOS3:10
12VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team7:59
13REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ9:04
14ROLLAND PierreB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM12:03
15PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo12:04
16ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo16:52
17YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott17:19
18LANDA MikelBahrain - McLaren18:58
19DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team20:56
20MAS EnricMovistar Team22:33
21MADOUAS ValentinGroupama - FDJ26:51
22URÁN RigobertoEF Pro Cycling28:17
23HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb31:15
24ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step31:39
25DE LA CRUZ DavidUAE Team Emirates32:36
26FORMOLO DavideUAE Team Emirates33:47
27HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott38:24
28MASNADA FaustoCCC Team39:10
29CARUSO DamianoBahrain - McLaren43:46
30HAGEN Carl FredrikLotto Soudal45:38
31IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana Pro Team45:43
32VAN AERT WoutTeam Jumbo-Visma47:08
33BILBAO PelloBahrain - McLaren48:28
34EDET NicolasCofidis49:53
35LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team50:11
36CHEREL MikaëlAG2R La Mondiale52:05
37THOMAS GeraintTeam INEOS53:38
38SICARD RomainTeam Total Direct Energie54:38
39ROCHE NicolasTeam Sunweb55:48
40POZZOVIVO DomenicoNTT Pro Cycling56:01
41KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ58:08
42JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step58:36
43CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam INEOS58:40
44ROSSETTO StéphaneCofidis58:59
45VAN BAARLE DylanTeam INEOS59:55
46KANGERT TanelEF Pro Cycling1:01:19
47POLANC JanUAE Team Emirates1:01:50
48PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team1:02:12
49MEINTJES LouisNTT Pro Cycling1:02:33
50VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal1:04:54
51EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo1:05:18
52VALLS RafaelBahrain - McLaren1:06:20
53BARTA WillCCC Team1:06:36
54BAKELANTS JanCircus - Wanty Gobert1:07:47
55MOHORIČ MatejBahrain - McLaren1:09:36
56GESINK RobertTeam Jumbo-Visma1:09:49
57SÁNCHEZ Luis LeónAstana Pro Team1:12:07
58DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal1:13:07
59DONOVAN MarkTeam Sunweb1:13:41
60NEILANDS KristsIsrael Start-Up Nation1:14:53
61GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe1:15:09
62VERONA CarlosMovistar Team1:18:13
63SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo1:18:48
64HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling1:20:28
65PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale1:21:28
66CARTHY HughEF Pro Cycling1:22:14
67ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ1:22:44
68PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale1:25:05
69LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates1:25:19
70LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale1:26:10
71FROOME ChrisTeam INEOS1:26:14
72RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo1:27:42
73PEREZ AnthonyCofidis1:28:28
74WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation1:28:37
75LAFAY VictorCofidis1:31:25
76KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step1:38:06
77BOOKWALTER BrentMitchelton-Scott1:38:18
78KOCHETKOV PavelCCC Team1:39:50
79DEGAND ThomasCircus - Wanty Gobert1:40:13
80KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb1:41:31
81KUDUS MerhawiAstana Pro Team1:41:51
82VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Pro Cycling1:41:53
83ROJAS José JoaquínMovistar Team1:42:52
84DOUBEY FabienCircus - Wanty Gobert1:42:54
85GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale1:42:54
86MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis1:43:13
87GAUTIER CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM1:44:17
88KEUKELEIRE JensEF Pro Cycling1:45:31
89IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott1:47:22
90SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team1:47:31
91TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren1:47:31
92O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling1:48:03
93HOFSTETTER HugoIsrael Start-Up Nation1:48:40
94WEENING PieterTrek - Segafredo1:50:01
95JUUL-JENSEN ChristopherMitchelton-Scott1:50:49
96ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb1:54:03
97NIV GuyIsrael Start-Up Nation1:54:29
98SÜTTERLIN JashaTeam Sunweb1:54:40
99ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step1:56:35
100CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step1:59:19
101COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain - McLaren2:00:05
102LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ2:03:05
103STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team2:07:48
104DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step2:08:15
105COURTEILLE ArnaudB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:13:49
106SLAGTER Tom-JelteB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:14:28
1VAN AERT WoutTeam Jumbo-Visma29
2POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates29
3PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ28
4MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeEF Pro Cycling22
5IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott22
6MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis21
7KÄMNA LennardBORA - hansgrohe20
9FORMOLO DavideUAE Team Emirates19
10VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team18
11ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step16
12KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma15
13LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team14
14DE LA CRUZ DavidUAE Team Emirates12
15HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling12
16EDET NicolasCofidis10
17KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb10
18SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team10
19ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step10
20LANDA MikelBahrain - McLaren8
21HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott8
22LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team6
23DUMOULIN TomTeam Jumbo-Visma6
24ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo6
25MOHORIČ MatejBahrain - McLaren6
26ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ6
27SÜTTERLIN JashaTeam Sunweb6
28MASNADA FaustoCCC Team5
30HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb3
31BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale2
32PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo2
33BARGUIL WarrenTeam Arkéa Samsic133
1DE LA CRUZ DavidUAE Team Emirates68
2ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step52
3MASNADA FaustoCCC Team28
5PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ26
6FORMOLO DavideUAE Team Emirates25
7KUSS SeppTeam Jumbo-Visma19
8SCHÄR MichaelCCC Team16
9POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates15
10KÄMNA LennardBORA - hansgrohe12
11MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeEF Pro Cycling12
12LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale12
13JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step10
14HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb9
15DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal9
16MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis8
17ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo8
18LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Pro Team8
19ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ8
20KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb8
21EDET NicolasCofidis7
22LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team6
23HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott6
24VAN AERT WoutTeam Jumbo-Visma6
25NEILANDS KristsIsrael Start-Up Nation6
26ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step6
27GESINK RobertTeam Jumbo-Visma5
28LANDA MikelBahrain - McLaren4
29MAS EnricMovistar Team4
30DOUBEY FabienCircus - Wanty Gobert3
31DUMOULIN TomTeam Jumbo-Visma3
32PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo2
33MOHORIČ MatejBahrain - McLaren2
34SÜTTERLIN JashaTeam Sunweb2
35SLAGTER Tom-JelteB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2
36BARGUIL WarrenTeam Arkéa Samsic1
37REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ1
1MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeEF Pro Cycling 21:44:58
2POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates0:56
3KÄMNA LennardBORA - hansgrohe2:14
4SIVAKOV PavelTeam INEOS3:10
5MAS EnricMovistar Team22:33
6MADOUAS ValentinGroupama - FDJ26:51
7HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb31:15
8VANHOUCKE HarmLotto Soudal1:04:54
9EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo1:05:18
10BARTA WillCCC Team1:06:36
11DONOVAN MarkTeam Sunweb1:13:41
12HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling1:20:28
13PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale1:25:05
14RIES MichelTrek - Segafredo1:27:42
15LAFAY VictorCofidis1:31:25
16KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step1:38:06
17O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling1:48:03
18ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step1:56:35
19CAVAGNA RémiDeceuninck - Quick Step1:59:19
1Team Jumbo-Visma 65:32:37
2Groupama - FDJ18:51
3Team INEOS21:55
4Movistar Team40:36
5UAE Team Emirates47:49
6EF Pro Cycling49:57
7Trek - Segafredo55:43
8Bahrain - McLaren1:02:53
10Astana Pro Team1:11:40
11AG2R La Mondiale1:26:14
12Team Sunweb1:37:38
13CCC Team1:40:42
15Lotto Soudal2:27:42
16Deceuninck - Quick Step2:44:06
17B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM3:03:02
18NTT Pro Cycling3:09:58
19Circus - Wanty Gobert3:47:50
20Israel Start-Up Nation4:02:15

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