David Gaudu steals Critérium du Dauphiné stage three win from prematurely celebrating Wout Van Aert

The Groupama-FDJ rider's superior throw launched himself past the Belgian, who started his celebrations too early

Criterium du Dauphine
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David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) produced a superbly executed throw to steal the win from Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Van Aert, who launched his attack early in the closing stages of the race on the summit finish up Chastreix-Sancy, looked like he had the power and strength to hold onto the stage win. As he celebrated what he thought would be his second win at this year's Dauphiné, though, Gaudu sprinted up his blind side and threw his wheel towards the line. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.