Chris Froome beats former teammate Richie Porte over the line to take the stage and race lead, photo Sirotti

Chris Froome (Sky) showed that he is on track for the Tour de France with an impressive win in the first serious mountain stage of the 2106 Criterium du Dauphine, seeing off former team mate Richie Porte (BMC) on the line, with Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) taking third. The win saw Froome move into the race lead, ahead of Porte in second, with former race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) slipping back to third.

With the 140 kilometre fifth stage featuring a lot of climbing early on, it was tailor-made for an early attack to go, and a strong group of some 25 riders obliged, with last year’s King of the Mountain winner Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data) doing enough to move himself into the polka dot jersey again.

However, the break did not endure, and eventually only Andriy Grivko (Astana) was still hanging on, being joined by Bartoz Huzarski (Bora-Argon 18), Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty-Groupe Goubert), Cyril Gaultier (Ag2r La Mondiale), and Dayer Quintana (Movistar) later on. The leading quintet worked hard to build up a lead over the peloton before hitting the final climb, with their lead still hovering around the two minute mark with ten kilometres to go. However, as six of those kilometres would be uphill, things did not look good for the break, especially not once the overall contenders opened up.

As they hit the climb, the break starting disintegrating, with Gasparotto dropping the rest of the group, as the teams of the overall contenders opened hostilities behind.  FDJ had been working at the front of the peloton, but it was Mikel Landa (Sky) who launched an attack to go after Gasparotto. Ben Hermans (BMC) tried to go with him, but could not match the Sky rider’s pace, as Landa forged ahead to join up with Gasparotto.

With a Sky rider up the road, the workload in the peloton shifted to the shoulders of Tinkoff, with Roman Kreuziger setting the pace for his team leader Contador. The pace soon started telling on the rest of the field, as Fabio Aru (Astana) found himself among those distanced on the climb. Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) was next to attack, and although Porte, Contador, and Sergio Henao (Sky) were able to follow, Froome seemed to be caught on the back foot as he had to make his way back up to the move. However, that seemed to have been a momentary lapse rather than a problem as Froome launched an attack of his own with some 2,5 kilometres left to go. Porte was able to follow, but Contador could not hold the pace and was dropped. Froome and Porte caught and passed Landa, while Yates, Martin, and Contador tried to limit their losses.

George Bennett leads his group across the line, moving up the GC standings in the process, photo Sirotti
George Bennett leads his group across the line, moving up the GC standings in the process, photo Sirotti

Froome put in another dig some 250 metres from the finish, and rid himself of former team mate Porte to take the stage win, with Porte crossing the line in second place, one second back. Yates pipped Martin for third, 19 seconds back on the stage winner, with Contador crossing the line a further two seconds back to surrender his race lead to Froome. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) finished in 26th, 1:48 back on the stage winner.

At this point Froome led the overall classification by seven seconds over Porte in second, with former leader Contador a further 20 seconds back, ten seconds ahead of Martin in fourth. Bennett moved up to 30th place overall, 3:36 off the race lead.

 

Stage results:

Rank Name Nat. Team Result
1 Christopher FROOME GBR SKY 3:32:20
2 Richie PORTE AUS BMC +1
3 Adam YATES GBR OGE +19
4 Daniel MARTIN IRL EQS +19
5 Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO ESP TNK +21
6 Romain BARDET FRA ALM +25
7 Pierre ROLLAND FRA CPT +27
8 Bauke MOLLEMA NED TFS +27
9 Louis MEINTJES RSA LAM +27
10 Julian ALAPHILIPPE FRA EQS +27
11 Diego ROSA ITA AST +27
12 Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER ESP KAT +27
13 Daniel NAVARRO GARCIA ESP COF +27
14 Mikel LANDA MEANA ESP SKY +31
15 Valerio CONTI ITA LAM +1:07
16 Damiano CARUSO ITA BMC +1:07
17 Emanuel BUCHMANN GER BOA +1:09
18 Stef CLEMENT NED IAM +1:09
19 Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYA COL SKY +1:12
20 Jack HAIG AUS OGE +1:23
21 Jesus HERRADA LOPEZ ESP MOV +1:23
22 Serge PAUWELS BEL DDD +1:28
23 Laurens DE PLUS BEL EQS +1:28
24 Bart DE CLERCQ BEL LTS +1:36
25 Jan BAKELANTS BEL ALM +1:39
26 George BENNETT NZL TLJ +1:48
27 Igor ANTON HERNANDEZ ESP DDD +1:48
28 Guillaume MARTIN FRA WGG +1:48
29 Benjamin KING USA CPT +1:48
30 Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ ESP MOV +1:48
31 Enrico GASPAROTTO ITA WGG +1:53
32 Romain SICARD FRA DEN +1:56
33 Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL ESP AST +1:57
34 Dario CATALDO ITA AST +1:57
35 Fabio ARU ITA AST +1:57
36 Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS COL MOV +1:57
37 Ben HERMANS BEL BMC +1:57
38 Roman KREUZIGER CZE TNK +1:57
39 Wout POELS NED SKY +1:57
40 Thibaut PINOT FRA FDJ +2:31
41 Bjorn THURAU GER WGG +2:36
42 Andriy GRIVKO UKR AST +3:20
43 Mikael CHEREL FRA ALM +3:20
44 Cyril GAUTIER FRA ALM +3:20
45 Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO POR CPT +3:20
46 Sébastien REICHENBACH SUI FDJ +3:20
47 Fabrice JEANDESBOZ FRA DEN +4:15
48 Jérémy ROY FRA FDJ +4:19
49 Jurgen VAN DEN BROECK BEL KAT +5:18
50 Robert KISERLOVSKI CRO TNK +5:26
51 Haimar ZUBELDIA AGIRRE ESP TFS +5:42
52 Clement CHEVRIER FRA IAM +5:42
53 Steve MORABITO SUI FDJ +5:42
54 Nelson Filipe SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA POR MOV +5:42
55 Jesper HANSEN DEN TNK +5:42
56 Patrick KONRAD AUT BOA +6:41
57 Amaël MOINARD FRA BMC +6:54
58 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR DDD +7:42
59 Bartosz HUZARSKI POL BOA +7:42
60 Alexis VUILLERMOZ FRA ALM +7:58
61 Jerome COPPEL FRA IAM +7:58
62 Ben GASTAUER LUX ALM +7:58
63 Zico WAEYTENS BEL TGA +7:58
64 Koen DE KORT NED TGA +7:58
65 Paolo TIRALONGO ITA AST +7:58
66 Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL ESP KAT +7:58
67 Marcus BURGHARDT GER BMC +8:02
68 Tony MARTIN GER EQS +8:02
69 Oliver NAESEN BEL IAM +8:57
70 Greg VAN AVERMAET BEL BMC +8:57
71 Maxime BOUET FRA EQS +8:57
72 Thomas DE GENDT BEL LTS +8:57
73 Victor CAMPENAERTS BEL TLJ +8:57
74 Manuele MORI ITA LAM +8:57
75 Simon GERRANS AUS OGE +8:57
76 Daryl IMPEY RSA OGE +8:57
77 Samuel DUMOULIN FRA ALM +8:57
78 Brent BOOKWALTER USA BMC +8:57
79 Alex HOWES USA CPT +8:57
80 Tony GALLOPIN FRA LTS +8:57
81 Julien BERNARD FRA TFS +8:57
82 Gert DOCKX BEL LTS +8:57
83 Arthur VICHOT FRA FDJ +8:57
84 Ryder HESJEDAL CAN TFS +9:09
85 Alexey LUTSENKO KAZ AST +9:09
86 Luka PIBERNIK SLO LAM +10:11
87 Frederik VEUCHELEN BEL WGG +10:11
88 Stephen CUMMINGS GBR DDD +10:11
89 Luke ROWE GBR SKY +10:11
90 Ian STANNARD GBR SKY +10:11
91 Tom Jelte SLAGTER NED CPT +10:11
92 Salvatore PUCCIO ITA SKY +10:11
93 Stijn VANDENBERGH BEL EQS +10:11
94 Martijn KEIZER NED TLJ +10:11
95 Dylan VAN BAARLE NED CPT +10:11
96 Jens KEUKELEIRE BEL OGE +10:11
97 Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY ETH LAM +10:11
98 Nathan HAAS AUS DDD +10:11
99 Cesare BENEDETTI ITA BOA +10:11
100 Frederik BACKAERT BEL WGG +10:11
101 Paul VOSS GER BOA +10:11
102 Perrig QUEMENEUR FRA DEN +10:11
103 Christian MEIER CAN OGE +10:11
104 Tomasz MARCZYNSKI POL LTS +10:11
105 Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI ESP MOV +10:11
106 Rudy MOLARD FRA COF +10:11
107 Marc SOLER ESP MOV +10:42
108 Antonio PEDRERO LOPEZ ESP MOV +10:46
109 Rohan DENNIS AUS BMC +12:01
110 Anthony ROUX FRA FDJ +12:01
111 Thomas VOECKLER FRA DEN +12:03
112 Tony HUREL FRA DEN +12:14
113 Daniel TEKLEHAIMANOT ERI DDD +12:14
114 Matthieu LADAGNOUS FRA FDJ +12:16
115 William BONNET FRA FDJ +12:16
116 Cyril LEMOINE FRA COF +12:16
117 Dimitri CLAEYS BEL WGG +12:36
118 Michael VALGREN DEN TNK +12:39
119 Omar FRAILE MATARRANZ ESP DDD +14:05
120 Sondre HOLST ENGER NOR IAM +15:20
121 Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO POR TNK +16:08
122 Michael GOGL AUT TNK +16:08
123 Angel VICIOSO ARCOS ESP KAT +18:43
124 Lars VAN DER HAAR NED TGA +20:32
125 Edward THEUNS BEL TFS +20:32
126 Marinus Cornelis MINNAARD NED WGG +20:32
127 Mattia CATTANEO ITA LAM +20:32
128 Markel IRIZAR ARANBURU ESP TFS +20:32
129 Jonathan FUMEAUX SUI IAM +20:32
130 Alexey VERMEULEN USA TLJ +20:32
131 Martin VELITS SVK EQS +20:32
132 Carter JONES USA TGA +20:32
133 Moreno HOFLAND NED TLJ +20:32
134 Antoine DUCHESNE CAN DEN +20:32
135 Roy CURVERS NED TGA +20:32
136 Federico ZURLO ITA LAM +20:32
137 Lilian CALMEJANE FRA DEN +20:32
138 Brian NAULEAU FRA DEN +20:32
139 Youcef REGUIGUI ALG DDD +20:32
140 Thomas DEGAND BEL WGG +20:32
141 Dominik NERZ GER BOA +20:32
142 Sam BENNETT IRL BOA +20:32
143 Alexander KRISTOFF NOR KAT +20:32
144 Jens DEBUSSCHERE BEL LTS +20:32
145 Michael MORKOV DEN KAT +20:32
146 Louis VERVAEKE BEL LTS +20:32
147 Shane ARCHBOLD NZL BOA +20:32
148 Jack BAUER NZL CPT +20:32
149 Jacopo GUARNIERI ITA KAT +20:32
150 Marco HALLER AUT KAT +20:32
151 Sebastian LANGEVELD NED CPT +20:32
152 John DEGENKOLB GER TGA +20:32
153 Niki TERPSTRA NED EQS +20:32
154 Dennis VAN WINDEN NED TLJ +27:16
155 Ramon SINKELDAM NED TGA +27:16
156 Mike TEUNISSEN NED TLJ +27:16
157 Fumiyuki BEPPU JPN TFS +27:16
158 Aleksejs SARAMOTINS LAT IAM +27:16
159 Borut BOZIC SLO COF +27:16
OTL Geoffrey SOUPE FRA COF +37:48
DNF Michal KWIATKOWSKI POL SKY  
DNF Dmitriy GRUZDEV KAZ AST  
DNF Kris BOECKMANS BEL LTS  
DNF Nacer BOUHANNI FRA COF  
DNF Kenneth VAN BILSEN BEL COF  
DNF Ruben FERNANDEZ ESP MOV  
DNF Ilia KOSHEVOY BLR LAM  
DNS Alexis GOUGEARD FRA ALM  
DNS Christophe LAPORTE FRA COF  
DNS Niccolo BONIFAZIO ITA TFS  
DNS Chad HAGA USA TGA

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