Unharmed on stage 5, Carlos Rodriguez looks forward to first real mountain test of Dauphine: "Luckily I don't have any major bruises"

Luckily for INEOS Grenadiers, their leader Carlos Rodriguez was not among the major victims of Thursday's stage 5 mass crash. That means that with many of his opponents licking their wounds, the Spaniard could recover some time in the general classification and maybe even go for a second GC win in a row. The 23-year-old already won Tour de Romandie earlier this year and came second at Itzulia Basque Country.

"Right now I'm not that bad," Rodriguez says in a short video published by his team on social media ahead of the start of Friday's stage 6. "I feel a little bit of the crash on the lower side of the leg, but it's ok. Luckily I don't have any major bruises, so hopefully today can be a good day on the bike."

Friday's stage will be the first of the three subsequent summit arrivals planned for this Critérium du Dauphiné, this time with finish on Le Collet d'Allevard (11.2km a 8.5%). "It's the first mountain summit finish so I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully we all have a good day and we can get a good result in the finish."

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