Lukas Postlberger delivered victory out of the breakaway to steal the final lead on stage two of the Criterium du Dauphine.
“I deliberate it a pair of weeks ago,” he acknowledged after the dawdle.
“I knew the first two stages would be upright for the breakaway riders, with now now not many sprinters within the dawdle. I knew I could discontinue it.
“At present time I had a shot. It became once if truth be told onerous, I tried to retain an eye on my meander within the climbs. I became once on the restrict, I couldn’t boom anymore on the radio. It became once true ache.
“It system loads to me. When I received within the Giro, I became once a no one, however a hit right here and planning this upfront is unbelievable. I did now not accept as true with I’d steal the yellow and blue jersey.”
Geraint Thomas performed safely within the pack however Chris Froome lost time.
A 2d consecutive breakaway victory seen Bora-Hansgrohe’s Postlberger inherit the yellow jersey from Sunday’s surprise winner Brent Van Moer as he held off the chasing peloton in a traumatic finale to the 173km stage from Brioude to Saugues.
Thomas and his Ineos Grenadiers’ group-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart had been a part of the much-reduced pack that crossed the motorway 11 seconds later, with each and each now 24 seconds off yellow sooner than the bigger tests to strategy.
Three-time Dauphine winner Froome, the exhaust of this dawdle as his last tune-up for a deliberate return to the Tour de France this summer season, steer clear off time losses on the opening stage however chanced on himself distanced on the climb of the Cote de la foret de Pourcheresse on the last solution to Saugues.
The 36-yr-ragged, who has acknowledged he indispensable to measure himself on the climbs this week, came dwelling in a bunch including the yellow jersey nearly three and a half minutes down.
Britain’s Matthew Holmes took over the king of the mountains’ jersey having been a part of the unique damage alongside Postlberger.