Geraint Thomas's sneak attack delivers win on stage five of Critérium du Dauphiné 2021

The Brit fired an unexpected attack on a sharp turn and secured victory in a photo finish

Geraint Thomas wins stage five of the 2021 Criterium du Dauphine
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Geraint Thomas took a thrilling victory on stage five of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2021, after a sneak attack that ended in a photo finish.

The Ineos Grenadiers leader fired an opportunistic move from the front of a reduced peloton just over 1km from the finish, as the group was slowed by an ultra-tight right-hand turn. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.