De Marchi attacked almost immediately after the start, joining two other riders, who had gone clear at kilometer zero, and together they opened up a three-minute lead. The sprinters’ teams were aware that it may be their last chance for a bunch finish in this race and were not letting the trio gain too much ground.
De Marchi’s group entered the final 45 kilometers of racing with two minutes 30 seconds in hand but from that point on, the gap began to drop. In the last 20 kilometers the peloton was playing cat and mouse with the breakaway, bringing the gap down before then letting the attackers gain back some time again.
With five kilometers remaining, De Marchi’s group was still 25 seconds ahead and their chances looked very promising. The Italian gave one more determined push at the very end to try to hold off the chasers but, eventually De Marchi was caught just before the flamme rouge.
The stage came down to a bunch sprint from a splintered peloton with Paweł Bernas the team’s top finisher, crossing the line in the first group behind the stage winner, Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) while CCC Team’s sprinter Jonas Koch got caught on the wrong side of the split.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi
“I made the decision to go into the breakaway after kilometer zero. I was in the first row and when the two guys went clear, and nobody else was very eager to go with them, I decided to try. I knew I had nothing to lose and when you’re in the front you have more control of your destiny.”
“The peloton didn’t let us gain too much space, as we only managed to maintain a two or three-minute lead but, that was okay. We were going relatively easy in the first 140-150 kilometers and in the end, it was all about trying to speed up and going full gas in the final 40 kilometers. We were very close so, I can be happy with today’s performance. Sometimes you just have to follow your instincts and I enjoy racing in the breakaway more than riding in the bunch. I was aware that our chances were very slim but, I still wanted to make the most out of that opportunity and that’s what we did.”
Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 5: Boën-sur-Lignon>Voiron (201km)
Top 3: 1. Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2. Sam Bennett (BORA – hansgrohe) 3. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
CCC Team Top 3: 47. Paweł Bernas 70. Joey Rosskopf 84. Serge Pauwels