It was a close call for the breakaway with Jan Bakelants in the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, as they almost resisted to a sprinting peloton this Thursday.
A group of five riders escaped on top of the Col des Escorbans, the first of four categorized climbs of the day, under the impetus of the Belgian rider. Bakelants was first on the top and also won the intermediate sprint in Chauffailles, before the breakaway lost one unit after the Côte de Dun with 100 kilometer to go.
Nevertheless, the leading group continued working well together and maintained a 2 minute gap before the two last climbs within the final 20 kilometer. The quartet rode under the red flag introducing the last kilometer with an advantage of of 10 seconds and launched the sprint, with Hugo Page battling for a good position in the peloton behind.
Bakelants was caught with 100 meter to go and crossed the line in eight position. His 20 year old teammate Page finished fifth, obtaining his third top ten in this Dauphiné.
This Friday Page will wear the green points jersey of owner Van Aert, who is racing in the yellow jersey as leader in the general classification.