Van Aert doubles up with thrilling sprint victory in Dauphine
Wout van Aert prevailed in a thrilling bunch sprint to win his second straight stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.
The Belgian claimed his first World Tour win on Wednesday with a surprise time trial victory, and the Team Jumbo-Visma rider followed that up with another remarkable display on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Briton Adam Yates retains the overall lead, holding a four-second advantage over Dylan Teuns.
The 201km flat stage from Boën-sur-Lignon to Voiron saw Stephane Rossetto, Alessandro De Marchi and Yoann Bagot form a three-man breakaway, with the trio leading by 30 seconds with 8km to go.
That advantage was halved with 3km remaining, and they were caught up with 1km left when Edvald Boasson Hagen and Philippe Gilbert looked to anticipate the bunch sprint finish.
But the duo could not stay ahead as Van Aert doubled up – and he now leads the sprinters classification with 82 points ahead of Boasson Hagen (53pts) and Bennett (47).