Stage summary12.06.2014Spilak under the spotlight, Froome under pressure
Twenty-four hours after Yuriy Trofimov in Gap, another Katusha rider claimed a valuable solo victory at the Dauphiné as Simon Spilak was the only man to survive a long-lasting breakaway that kept Chris Froome under pressure. In the last thirty kilometers, Alberto Contador put the yellow jersey wearer in difficulty and the fight for the white jersey brought Wilco Kelderman closer on GC at only twelve seconds in the same time as Contador. What a spectacle!read more
interview12.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «It's possible to attack Froome and Contador»
“At the end of the day, it's an excellent stage for me. But sometimes it's been very difficult too. When Team Sky accelerated to chase Contador down, it was hard to keep up. In the downhills, it was very tense too. In the finale, everyone was riding strongly but I've seen Adam Yates attacking so I followed him and we kept a bit of an advantage. It means it's possible to attack Froome and Contador, providing that a situation is favourable. I'm not sure if it'll be the case again by the end...read more
interview12.06.2014Chris Froome: "It turned out to being very hard"
“Sometimes, days don't look so hard on paper and turn out to being very hard. That's what happened today when Contador went up the road and put us under pressure. But I asked my team-mates to stay calm. They have done such a massive job today! All of them did well and Richie Porte stepped up really well today. Personally I'm feeling pretty good on the bike. I'm tired after the race but everyone is today. We also had to chase Kelderman at the end because anyone up there on GC is a rival to...read more
interview12.06.2014Simon Spilak: "It's an incredible week for Katusha"
“It's been a really hard stage with the heat and I don't like the heat at all. Only with 500 metres to go I've believed I could win the stage. Actually I looked back at the 1km sign and I didn't see anyone behind me. The chasing group was one minute behind but I wasn't sure. When I attacked in the first climb, I was far from thinking that I'd win the stage. Initially, I only followed the attacks. This is an incredible week for Team Katusha after Yuriy Trofimov's win yesterday. It's more...read more
Sporting stakes11.06.2014On the path of Napoleon...
Starting in Sisteron, the peloton of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné will have a taste of the Tour de France passing through Tallard where stage 15 of the Grande Boucle will kick off next month. For the second time in two days, but on another versant, they'll climb to the col de Manse where Kevin Reza (Europcar) will start the defense of his polka dot jersey in the first of the six categorized climbs of the day, equally divided in second and third category. The terrain is favorable for an...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Simon Spilak (Katusha)
2. at 0.14: Wilco Kelderman (Belkin)
3. Adam Yates (Orica)
4. at 0.17: Daryl Impey (Orica)
5. Romain Bardet (AG2R)
|14:34||The winner is... Simon Spilak|
Spilak wins stage 5 in La Mûre. Second straight victory for Katusha!
|14:32||Spilak on his way to winning|
Despite the chase, Spilak has 40 seconds with 2km to go.
|14:31||Froome in the chase|
Froome himself chases Kelderman down!
The yellow jersey group is strunge out behind Spilak. Attack by Kelderman!
|14:28||48 seconds with 6km to go|
Simon Spilak has 48 sec. lead with 6km to go but there's a lot of action at the head of the chasing group.
|14:25||No more riders in between|
With 10km to go, Spilak remains alone in the lead while all of his former breakaway companions have been caught by the yellow jersey group. The Slovenian from Katusha has an advance of one minute. Bardet (AG2R) tries to go away from the main group.
|14:15||48 seconds lead for Spilak|
With 16km to go, Spilak has an advantage of 48 seconds over his former breakaway companions. The group of Froome, Contador and Kelderman is at 1.15.
|14:12||Contador is reined in|
Richie Porte's hard work has paid off. The yellow jersey group has rejoined Contador and put an end to this spectacular action.
|14:11||Spilak alone at côte de Laffrey|
Result at the top of côte de Laffrey, cat. 2, km 169:
1. Simon Spilak (Katusha), 10 points
2. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), 9
3. Bart De Clercq (Lotto), 8
4. Daryl Impey (Orica), 7
5. Darwin Atapuma (BMC), 6
6. Mikaël Chérel (AG2R), 5
Simon Spilak (Katusha) has attacked solo at the front, probably inspired by the success of his teammate Yuriy Trofimov yesterday.
|14:05||Porte and Nieve lead the bunch|
The bunch is led by Richie Porte and Mikel Nieve in the pursuit of Contador and other breakaway riders.
|14:04||Contador: the one man show!|
Contador is passing Le Mével, Vichot and De Marchi. It's a one-man show! The green jersey wearer is on his way to catching the escapees.
Eight riders in the lead in the côte de Laffrey as Chérel is caught by Impey, De Clercq, Atapuma, Spilak, Bakelants, Caruso and Silin. Contador is at 1.15. Peloton at 2 minutes.
|13:58||Chérel still in the lead|
In the côte de Laffrey, Chérel has 20 seconds lead over De Marchi and Denifl, 40'' over Vichot and Le Mével, 1.35 over Contador who is climbing by himself. Froome and the rest of the bunch is about one minute behind Contador.
|13:56||Contador keeps going|
Contador doesn't keep Paulinho with him. He keeps going solo and puts Froome in trouble. Contador is 1.45 behind Chérel, the yellow jersey group is at 2.35.
|13:53||Chérel alone in the lead|
Mikaël Chérel (AG2R) is alone in the lead with 25km to go. Le Mével is ar 12 seconds and the Contador group at 1.47.
|13:51||Contador on the move!|
In the downhill, Tinkoff-Saxo has sent Sergio Paulinho away with Enrique Sanz (Movistar), in order to prepare an attack by Alberto Contador!!! The Spaniard is now away from the peloton with Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R).
|13:49||Chérel and Le Mével away in the downhill|
In the downhill, Mikaël Chérel (AG2R) and Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis) have taken some lead over their former breakaway companions.
|13:45||2.15 with 33km to go|
Bart De Clercq is no longer the virtual yellow jersey. The deficit of the peloton led by team Sky is down to 2.15 with 33km to go.
|13:43||De Marchi in the polka dot jersey|
Shall he finish inside the time cut today, Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) will take the polka dot jersey in La Mûre. Before the last climb of today, the côte de Laffrey, the Italian has compiled 63 points. Kevin Reza has 44 like this morning. Thomas Damuseau has 33 and Damiano Caruso 31.
|13:39||De Marchi first at col de la Morte|
Result of KOM at col de la Morte, cat. 2, km 149.5:
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 10 points
2. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), 9
3. Stephan Denifl (IAM), 8
4. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 7
5. Bart De Clercq (Lotto), 6
6. Mikaël Chérel (AG2R), 5
|13:35||Up to col de la Morte|
Damiano Caruso sets the pace of the break up to the col de la Morte. Their advantage over the peloton is 3 minutes with 40km to go.
16 riders now in the lead as Dries Devenyns (Giant) is dropped from the front group.
|13:29||3.10 at km 144|
The gap remains steady: 3.10 at km 144. Bart De Clercq still virtually leads the Dauphiné but the margin is tight.
|13:13||De Marchi first at the top again|
Result of KOM at col de Malissol, km 135:
1. Alesssandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 4 points
2. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), 3
3. Stephan Denifl (IAM), 2
4. Darwin Atapuma (BMC), 1
|13:11||Ledanois: "Team Sky decides, we don't"|
Questioned by letour.fr about Darwin Atapuma's excellent position in the race today as he can eye at the yellow jersey in La Mûre, BMC Racing's directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois said: “We're still far away from the finish. Team Sky decides, we don't. They seem to be willing to control, so we'll have to wait and see if later on there's an opportunity for Atapuma to do something.”
|13:09||Devenyns in trouble|
In the front group, Devenyns (Giant) looks in trouble in the climb to col de Malissol.
|13:06||2.50 at the bottom of the fourth climb of the day|
At the foot of the fourth climb of the day, the col de Malissol, the peloton is 2.50 behind the seventeen leaders.
|13:01||Sarmiento quits the Dauphiné|
As he arrived in La Mûre alone behind the peloton, José Sarmiento (Cannondale) stopped.
|12:59||Correction: De Clercq virtually in the lead|
Correction: the highest ranked breakaway riders isn't Darwin Atapuma but Bart De Clercq who won the hot spot sprint that doesn't however award any time bonus. He's 2.47 down on Chris Froome on GC. Froome passed in La Mûre in fifth position of the peloton, escorted by four team-mates. Richie Porte was just behind him.
|12:55||De Clercq first at La Mûre|
Result of hot spot sprint at La Mûre, km 128, on the first passage on the finishing line:
1. Bart De Clercq (Lotto), 5 points
2. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp), 3
3. Egor Silin (Katusha), 1
|12:48||De Marchi keeps taking KOM points|
Result at the top of côte du Pont-Haut, cat. 3, km 125.5:
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 4 points
2. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), 3
3. Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp), 2
4. Cyril Gautier (Europcar), 1
The 17 leaders have covered 38.1km in the third hour of racing. 41.3km/h is the average speed so far.
|12:35||Nerz pulls out|
Dominique Nerz (BMC) abandons the Dauphiné as he suffers the consequences of this morning's massive crash at km 14.
|12:26||Anacona pulls out|
Winner Anacona (Lampre) who has already taken part in the Giro d'Italia pulls out in the feed zone where the peloton is timed three minutes behind the 17 leaders.
|12:11||De Marchi virtually in the polka dot jersey|
Having compiled 45 points so far, Alessandro De Marchi has passed Kevin Reza (44) in the KOM classification. The peloton passed the line of the KOM at côte du Motty 3.10 behind the 17 leaders.
|12:09||De Marchi scores at côte du Motty|
Result of KOM at côte du Motty, cat. 3, km 100:
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 4 points
2. Bart De Clercq (Lotto), 3
3. Stephan Denifl (IAM), 2
4. Arthur Vichot (FDJ), 1
|12:01||2.50 at km 95|
The time gap is 2.50 at km 95. Four riders from Team Sky set the pace of the peloton.
|11:53||New time gap: 3.25|
Team Sky seems to be afraid of Atapuma. The deficit of the peloton decreases to 3.25.
|11:51||Seventeen riders in the lead, including Voigt|
Jens Voigt (Trek) rejoins the breakaway. 17 riders in the lead at km 87.
|11:50||Voigt coming close|
Jens Voigt (Trek) is getting closer and closer to the sixteen leaders, at 22 seconds.
|11:49||Atapuma virtually in the lead|
The time gap between the sixteen leaders and the bunch is exactly the same as the deficit on GC of Darwin Atapuma (BMC): 3.31.
41.6km have been covered in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.9km/h.
|11:43||16 riders in the lead|
Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis), Daryl Impey (Orica), Mikaël Chérel and Blel Kadri (AG2R), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Bart De Clercq (Lotto), Stephan Denifl (IAM), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Darwin Atapuma (BMC), Egor Silin and Simon Spilak (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Dries Devenyns (Giant) and Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp) are united at the front at km 81. Jens Voigt (Trek) follows alone at 55 seconds. Peloton at 3.15.
|11:37||Six riders in the chase|
Gautier (Europcar), Bakelants (OPQS), Le Mével (Cofidis), Chérel (AG2R), De Clercq (Lotto) and Vichot (FDJ) are together in chase of the ten leaders. The peloton is slowing down, timed 1.50 behind the front group.
|11:34||Ten riders in the lead|
Ten riders in the lead in the downhill of col de Manse: Impey (Orica), Kadri (AG2R), Denifl (IAM), Caruso and De Marchi (Cannondale), Atapuma (BMC), Silin and Spilak (Katusha), Devenyns (Giant) and Huzarski (NetApp). At 15 seconds: Gautier (Europcar) and Bakelants (OPQS). At 20 seconds: Le Mével (Cofidis), Chérel (AG2R), De Clercq (Lotto), Vichot (FDJ). At 40 seconds: Voigt (Trek). Peloton at 45 seconds.
|11:28||De Marchi first at col de Manse|
Results at the top of col de Manse, cat. 2
|11:22||Spilak alone in the lead|
Spilak is alone away with 15 seconds lead over the first chasers. Main peloton at 34 seconds.
|11:21||Kwiatkowski off the back|
Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS) who was an underdog at the start in Lyon is dropped by the main peloton.
|11:19||Reza off the back|
KOM leader Kevin Reza (Europcar) is dropped from the bunch. So is Igor Anton (Movistar) who had the Giro d'Italia in his legs.
|11:18||Voecker can't follow|
Voeckler doesn't manage to follow the four riders he rode away with.
|11:17||Five riders away from the bunch|
Chérel (AG2R), Voeckler and Sicard (Europcar), Silin (Katusha) and Bakelants (OPQS) attack from the bunch.
|11:16||De Marchi and Spilak at the front|
De Marchi (Cannondale) and Spilak (Katusha) attack from the front group.
|11:15||Riders off the back|
Among the first riders dropped from the bunch at the beginning of the climb to the col de Manse: Kiriyenka (Sky), Taarämae (Cofidis), Jérôme (Europcar), Offredo (FDJ), Howard (Orica), Bobdridge (Belkin)...
|11:11||Col de Manse, other side|
The time gap goes up to one minute in the climb but the riders aren't on the same road they used yesterday to reach the col de Manse. They're on the other ascent, via La Rochette, a section that remained famous for the spectacular crash of Joseba Beloki in the 2003 Tour de France.
|11:09||55 seconds in the climb|
The nine breakaway riders have 55 seconds lead as they're climbing to the col de Manse.
|11:07||Time gap on the up again|
Europcar and NetApp chase but the time gap increases: 45 seconds.
|11:03||Time gap: 35 seconds|
The peloton keeps chasing seriously, 35 seconds behind the nine-man lead ten kilometres away from the col de Manse. The whole Europcar team is involved in the chase, helped by one rider from NetApp.
|10:58||Caruso the highest ranked|
Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) who was already in the breakaway yesterday is the highest ranked of the escapees on GC: 48th at 6.03.
|10:56||Europcar leads the bunch|
It's Europcar leading the bunch 48 seconds behind the nine leading riders. King of the Mountains Kevin Reza has missed the move while De Marchi, third in that classification, is in the front group again.
|10:55||Wackermann also gives up|
Alike Visconti, Wackermann gives up and gets caught by the peloton.
|10:54||Visconti gives up|
Visconsti waits for the peloton. Still nine riders in the lead and Wackermann in between.
|10:53||Visconti in counter attack|
Giovanni Visconti is in a counter attack by himself. Peloton at 53 seconds.
|10:52||Caruso and De Marchi again in the lead|
The nine breakaway riders are: Dimitri Gruzdev (Astana), Daryl Impey (Orica), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Stig Broeckx (Lotto), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Simon Spilak (Katusha), Michal Golas (OPQS) and Dries Devenyns (Giant). One rider tries to bridge the gap solo: Luca Wackermann (Lampre). Peloton at 20 seconds.
|10:48||Nine riders in the lead|
Nine riders compose the breakaway group.
|10:46||A breakaway goes at km 44|
At km 44, a breakaway is gone, with ten seconds lead.
|10:44||44.2km in the first hour|
The peloton has covered 44.2km in the first hour of racing.
|10:38||Belkin on the move|
A Belkin rider is reported to have attacked just before passing through Tallard where the start of stage 15 of the Tour de France will take place next month.
The peloton reacts to every breakaway attempt.
|10:30||Roulston pulls out|
Hayden Roulston (Trek) has quit the Dauphiné as well as Jérôme Pineau (IAM) who has been sent to the hospital in Gap.
|10:25||The fight is on again|
After a respite, the fight is on again at the head of the peloton, but no breakaway attempt has been successful after 28 kilometres of racing.
|10:13||Peloton on slow motion|
The peloton is riding slowly and all together at km 20 in order to allow the injured riders to come across and recover.
|10:12||Pineau pulls out|
Jérôme Pineau (IAM) has abandoned the Dauphiné after crashing at km 24.
|10:10||Nibali: "The melting tarmac made it dangerous to attack"|
In Italy's daily sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Vincenzo Nibali explained why the favourites of the Critérium du Dauphiné didn't fight each other yesterday in the downhill of the col de Manse, as expected because of the history of the Tour de France. “It was extremely dangerous on the melting tarmac”, said the Italian who is known as a virtuoso in this kind of situation. “Maybe [Michal] Kwiatkowski wanted to accelerate but we looked at each other and decided to not take...
|10:06||Hand injury for Pineau|
Jérôme Pineau's hand is injured. Jack Bobridge (Belkin) was also in the crash.
|10:03||Crash at km 14|
A crash has occurred at km 14, involving Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) and many riders: Jérôme Pineau (IAM), José Ivan Gutierrez (Movistar)... Danny Pate (Sky) broke his handlebar.
|09:58||No luck for attackers|
Fourteen riders went away from the bunch but weren't allowed any freedom. It's all together after 11km of racing.
|09:51||Many skirmishes from the gun|
From the gun, many skirmishes are taking place but the peloton is still all together at km 4.
|09:50||Six climbs on the menu today|
Climbs of the day
|09:46||Damuseau: "The Route Napoleon is mythical"|
Questioned by letour.fr, Thomas Damuseau (Giant-Shimano) who was the King of the Mountains at the Dauphiné last year and currently stands in second position behind polka dot jersey wearer Kevin Reza (Europcar), said before the start: “I'm certainly motivated by today's stage. It's going to a spectacular stage, it's going to be hot and we'll ride on the mythical Route Napoleon. There are many points up for grab in the King of the Mountain classification. We're talking about climbs of a...
Chris Froome remains in the yellow jersey even though he explained at the finish yesterday that his intention was to let it go to another rider, for instance Maxime Bouet (AG2R-La Mondiale) who was a virtual leader for most of stage 4, “but the speed was just too high at the end”, Froome gave as an explanation. Runner up Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) continues riding with the green jersey of the points classification and third placed Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) has retained the white...
|09:44||The race is on|
The start proper of stage 5 has been given at 9.43 to 159 riders.
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