June 13, 2017 (Montreal, QC) – Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) of Astana Pro Team earned a dominating overall victory at the UCI World Tour event Criterium du Dauphine giving Canadian high-end bike manufacturer Argon 18 its first World Tour win. Fabio Aru, who was an integral part of the victory finished 5th in the general classification. Argon 18 is in a multi-year partnership with the long-standing UCI World Tour Astana Pro Team.
Fuglsang, who scored a close sprint victory in stage 6, played the race cards in calculated fashion on short and challenging final stage to clear the field and hold on for a resounding win.
Aru, who missed last month’s Giro D’Italia due to injures from a training crash, has returned to form and was a vital component in today’s victory. Aru finished in 5th in the GC and showed his fitness is on track for the upcoming Le Tour de France, where he and Fuglsang will co-lead the Astana Pro Team.
“For sure 3rd place would have been better than a 5th but, to be honest, I came to this Dauphiné with many doubts because the season had not been lucky with the flu at Tirreno and the injury at the knee. Today, I attacked with Valverde on the Colombiere and I said to myself ‘Let’s try how is the condition!’ On the final climb a kept the front and ended 5th but above all, I’m super happy for Jakob victory because he deserved it and the entire Team deserve this great result” commented Aru.
Both Fuglsang and Aru rode the Gallium Pro model bike, with Aru having a custom painted Sardinia bike, celebrating his hometown. The Gallium Pro is a superlight bike designed to climb and known for its remarkable stability and razor-sharp handling downhill. The Gallium Pro features the Argon 18 3D System, a structural extension of the headtube, for precision positioning and added stiffness.