Belgian cyclist Wout van Aert (Jumbo) repeated today the victory in the Dauphiné Criteria, winning the fifth stage of the sprint, rising to the fifth place overall, which continues to be led by Britain's Adam Yates (Bahrain).
Van Aert, who had beaten the clock on Wednesday, was once again the strongest, now by completing the 201 kilometers between Boen-sur-Lignon and Voiron at 5: 00.34.
The Belgian, who had not been able to impose himself on the sprint arrivals of the first and third stages, being third and second, respectively, beat today's Irishman Sam Bennet (Bora), who stole his triumph in the third round, and the French Julian Alaphilippe.
The run was animated by an escape of three elements – Yoann Bagot (Vital Concept), Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) – meanwhile nullified near the end: two cyclists still left the group about one kilometer from the finish line , which shattered the work of the teams for the decisive 'sprint'.
In general, Yates continues with four seconds of advantage for the Belgian Dylan Teuns (Bahrain) and six against the American Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First).
Van Aert recovered time for the rivals and is now fifth, 20 seconds behind, behind Jakob Fulsang (Astana), fourth, seven.
José Gonçalves (Katusha) joined the squad in the 59th league and moved up one position to 49th at the same 9.59 minutes for the commando.
On Friday, the sixth stage is disputed, with 229 kilometers between Saint-Vulbas and Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne.