Critérium du Dauphiné stage five neutralised with no winner after mega crash

More than 30 riders fall in slippery conditions

Criterium du Dauphine 2024 stage five crash
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Stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné was entirely neutralised with no winner after a huge crash that brought down more than 30 riders, including race leader Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The incident also saw the end of the race for Visma-Lease a Bike rider Steven Kruijswijk, who was taken away in an ambulance, while his team-mate Dylan van Baarle was also injured. It was reminiscent of the horror crash at Itzulia Basque Country in April, which also saw a stage end early.

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