VOIRON – Wout van Aert won a second successive stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday with victory on day five, as Britain’s Adam Yates remained in the leader’s yellow jersey.
Jumbo Visma’s van Aert, wearing the green shirt as he sits on top of points leaderboard, repeated his success in Wednesday’s individual time trial after 201km of racing that finished in the town of Voiron at the foot of the Alps.
Ireland’s Sam Bennett was inches behind 24-year-old Van Aert, followed by France’s Julian Alaphilippe in third.
Yates, who finished second overall at last year’s Dauphine, retains his slender four-second advantage over Bahrain-Merida’s Dylan Teuns in second in the general leaderboard.
Three-time winner Chris Froome was ruled out of the race as well as this year’s Tour de France after a high-speed crash on Wednesday, and had surgery on fractures to his thigh bone, pelvis, ribs and elbow in a French hospital.