Critérium du Dauphiné 2023, June 4 - 11

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Glad to see Bernal up there. His trend continues to improves. Worrying about Dani Martinez. But we'll see if he improves in the high mountains in the following days.

Some guys with a bad TT did OK today. They just know they don't have to face the same TT at the Tour and didn't bother to prepare for it. They just need to be better at the mountains.
So the stage is over, congrats to Vingegaard. He basically toyed with his rivals on that short climb (gaining 35 s) and maintained the gap over the chasing group in the last 17 km. I think the scenario today was set up by Carapaz's early attack. It was strong, as if he had been already in the last km of an MTF. Nobody had a chance (or was willing) to follow, except Vinge for whom it was rather a standard tempo (unfortunately for Richard, who burned his matches in the first half of the climb). So the race seems almost over before it tackles true mountains. Fight for the 2nd place will be interesting with so many contenders. Will the Skeletor test his engine again? Or will he keep his powder dry before the Tour fireworks?
Interesting stage despite the Vingegaard win. Not that anyone really doubted he'd win the overall, but I didn't expect them to make the stage this hard.

Alaphilippe def in good shape.
Haig seems in better shape than at the Giro...
Lenny Martinez continues to look like a super talent.
I feel very bad for Ben.

Oh, and I want to express my appreciation for the attacking spirit of Carapaz who's clearly not one of the strongest in the race and tried nonetheless.
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