"I’m hoping that my shape will continue to grow" - Warren Barguil safely in the bunch in first mountain test of Dauphine

The second day of racing at the Critérium du Dauphiné headed to the hills on Monday, with the final 20 kilometres of the stage taking on two categorised climbs and a drag uphill to the line. Team dsm-firmenich PostNL's Warren Barguil approached the stage as a test of his legs after training camp and thus hasn't contested the final sprint.

The stage was won by Magnus Cort, while Barguil finished safely in the bunch in 36th place. "It was the first hilly stage in the Dauphiné. After coming back from altitude camp with the team, I wasn’t sure where I would be before the start. The team protected me well today throughout the stage," Barguil begins a press release published by his team.

"It went really fast on the last two climb and I was still in the group. At one kilometre to go I needed to brake a bit when I was in the middle part of the group," Barguil reveals that the pace was a bit too much for him at times. "From there, I couldn’t go for the the sprint and didn’t have the legs to do a big push and get back to the front but I’m happy to finish in the bunch. I’m hoping that my shape will continue to grow during this week with more racing in the legs."

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