Continuing his strong performances this year, Max Poole showed his power and endurance on Thursday as he powered to a great 5th place in stage 5 of Critérium du Dauphiné after Jonas Vingegaard took a solo win.
After a tough individual TT on Wednesday, the peloton today faced some challenging hills leading them to Salins-les-Bains. The day started off with the battle for a spot in the breakaway as several riders attacked. Then after approximately five kilometres a strong group went clear, including Leon Heinschke for Team DSM. The German almost managed to stay away for the whole day but was eventually caught on the final climb with only 17 kilometres to go. On the Côte de Thésy, Vingegaard attacked and quickly took a small gap on the peloton. Max Poole managed to keep up in a small chasing group behind him, but the Danish rider would eventually stay away. Pushing it all the way to the line, Poole sprinted to a big fifth place in Salins-les-Bains. With an average speed of more than 47 kilometres per hour it would be the fastest stage of Critérium du Dauphiné ever.