Brent Van Moer managed to pull off an impressive solo win at the opening stage of Criterium du Dauphiné, taking his first ever pro victory and topping all the classifications.
Van Moer was part of a 4-rider breakaway and attacked on the pair of climbs of the final lap of the Issoire finishing circuit. With 16 km to go, he had an advantage of 1:30 over the chasing peloton, which wasn’t able to reel in a very impressive Van Moer. The 23-year-old managed to stay clear, sail under the flamme rouge solo and cross the line in Issoire first, making up for his ‘wrong turn’ at the Ronde van Limburg one week earlier.
Besides winning the opening stage, hence being the first rider to wear the yellow leader’s jersey of the 8-day stage race, he also took the mountain, points and young rider’s jersey.
Brent Van Moer:
“I almost can’t believe it. My first professional victory and immediately in this way and with the leader’s jersey on top of it… After what happened at the Ronde van Limburg, where I was about to fight for my first pro victory but got sent into the wrong way at the end, I was really disappointed but I immediately shifted focus towards the Dauphiné and I was really eager to show that I am able to finish off a race. The fact that I can already do this at the Dauphiné, amongst this strong field of riders, is just fantastic. What a difference compared to last year, when I was also part of the early breakaway but had to abandon the race due to a crash. It is really special to be now wearing the yellow jersey.”