Friday June 13th, 2014

Stage 6Grenoble / Poisy

Start 10h30 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary13.06.2014First season win for Bakelants, first crash for Froome

A spectacular stage winner of the Tour de France in Ajaccio last year, Jan Bakelants scored his first win for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in Poisy after winning a tormented two-man sprint against Lieuwe Westra of Astana. Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) got a fright as he crashed within ten kilometers but without any apparent consequence. He praised his rivals' sportsmanship for waiting for him.

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interview13.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «I'm still in a great shape»

“The start of the race has been very fast. But once the move has been formed and we had Bram Tankink at the front, it has become quieter in the peloton. Of course it was speeding up at the end but even on that rhythm, I felt that I had good legs. My team-mates looked after me really well. They kept me in the first positions of the peloton. Even with the Giro d'Italia and six days of the Dauphiné in my legs, I'm still in a great shape. But I know that tomorrow's climbs will be much harder...

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interview13.06.2014Alessandro De Marchi: «It's a small dream»

“It's a small dream for me to wear the polka dot jersey. It has never happened to me before. But it's a heavy task to have it on my shoulders. I know what it means for French people. I was delighted to go on stage to get it yesterday but I was also surprised. I was mainly looking for a stage win but I didn't have my best legs so I focused on the KOM competition first. I'll do my best this week-end but I really don't know what can happen to me in the mountains.”

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interview13.06.2014Jan Bakelants: "Medium mountain stages suit me"

“In the sprint, I really thought that Westra was going to close the door on me. It wasn't fair. I was already on my way to passing him but he eventually let me go through so I thank him for his fair-play. In this case scenario, disillusion and intense joy are very close. With winning a stage at the Dauphiné, my season is already partly a success. In the past two days, I was already in the decisive breakaway, but I've always found on my way a Katusha rider who was stronger than me. I...

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interview13.06.2014Chris Froome: "It's painful but nothing is broken"

“I had a bit of a crash, I don't even know how it happened, my front wheel went into a ditch. It's painful but nothing is broken. I need a few bandages. But this is very minor. I was in a difficult situation but the peloton slowed down. I'm thankful to my rivals. The teams Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana were first to ask everyone to wait for me. They've showed a lot of respect for me and a great sportsmanship. I'll see tomorrow how I feel in the morning but we have a difficult stage ahead. It's...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

14:44Top 5

1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS)

2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana)

3. Zdenek Stybar (OPQS)

4. Pim Ligthart (Lotto)

5. Jens Keukeleire (Orica)

14:42The winner is... Jan Bakelants

Bakelants wins stage 6.

14:41Mental game between Westra and Bakelants

Westra and Bakelants look at each other. They might get caught by the chasers!

14:40Tinkoff-Saxo speeds up

After the peloton slowed down to wait for Chris Froome who crashed, Tinkoff-Saxo rides hard at the front. To prepare for an attack by Contador?

14:35Westra and Bakelants with 5km to go

Westra and Bakelants lead the race with 5km to and an advantage of 25 seconds.

14:34Bakelants at the last climb

Result of KOM price at km 171:

1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 3 points

2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 2

3. at 0.15: Pim Ligthart (Lotto), 1

14:32Froome back in the bunch

Froome is back in the bunch.

14:31The peloton waits

The peloton waits for Chris Froome to come back, helped by Geraint Thomas.

14:30Froome crashes!

Chris Froome crashes and restart.

14:29Westra puts the hammer down

Lieuwe Westra puts the hammer down in the final climb. Only Bakelants can follow him, Ligthart can't.

14:2738 seconds with 10km to go

Westra, Ligthart and Bakelants have 38 seconds lead with 10km to go. Peloton at 3.38.

14:24Erviti on the move

With 13km to go, Erviti tries to bridge the gap to the leading trio.

14:19Bonnet pulls out

William Bonnet ( pulls out of the race.

14:173.20 with 20km to go

Westra, Lighthart and Bakelants are 3.20 ahead of the peloton led by Sky and Tinkoff with 20km to go.

14:15Ligthart ahead at côte de Marcellaz-Albanais

Result of KOM price at côte de Marcellaz-Albanais, km 159:

1. Pim Ligthart (Lotto), 3 points

2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 2

3. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 1

14:13Bakelants also in the lead

Jan Bakelants rejoins Westra and Ligthart at the front.

14:12Flying Dutchmen at the front

Pim Ligthart and Lieuwe Westra go away in the hill.

14:12Katusha takes over

Katusha takes over from at the head of the peloton. They have won the past two stages with Yuriy Trofimov and Simon Spilak and also celebrated Russia's national day yesterday.

14:07Time for climbing

The breakaway riders have hit the climbs of the last 25 kilometres of racing. Time gap: 4.10. Still chasing...

14:014.15 on the sprint line

The peloton has passed on the line of the intermediate sprint in Vallières with a deficit of 4.15.

14:00Bakelants wins hot spot sprint

Result of intermediate sprint at km 149.5:

1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 5 points

2. Zdenek Stybar (OPQS), 3

3. Thomas Damuseau (Giant), 1 leads the bunch

With 32km to go, two riders lead the bunch: Mickaël Delage and Yoann Offredo. They speed up and the time gap is now 4.21.

13:5221 years between Voigt and Conti

The breakaway includes the youngest and the oldest rider of the Dauphiné: Valerio Conti, 21, and Jens Voigt, 42. moves up

It's still Team Sky leading the pack but riders are noted moving up to the first positions, ready to take over and chase the breakaway.

13:48Under five minutes

After Chateaufort, with 41km to go, the time gap goes under five minutes: 4.55.

13:41151 riders left in the race

Nine teams out of twenty-one still have eight riders on the road: Sky, Astana, Tinkoff-Saxo, Orica-GreenEdge, AG2R La Mondiale, Lotto-Belisol, Katusha, Belkin and NetApp-Endura. Trek has lost three riders since the start: Nizzolo, Beppu and Roulston.

13:3745.5km in the third hour

The breakaway has covered 45.5km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 44.7km/h.

13:365.25 at km 128

With 50km to go, the time gap is 5.25.

13:15km 113: five minutes

The time gap at km 113 is precisely five minutes.

12:58Last time gap: 5.20

The difference between the 16 escapees and the pack remains steady at 5.20 after half way into stage 6.

12:41Damuseau first at côte de la Bétaz

Result at the top of côte de la Bétaz, cat. 4, km 89.5:

1. Thomas Damuseau (Giant), 3 points

2. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 2

3. Valerio Conti (Lampre), 1

12:395.05 after the feed zone

At the exit of the feed zone (km 85), the time gap is 5.05.

12:37Average speed: 44.3km/h

In the second hour of racing, the breakaway group has covered 42.6km. Average speed so far: 44.3km/h.

12:30Pierrick Fédrigo: "There's no more space for attackers"

French sports newspaper L'Equipe interviewed Pierrick Fédrigo who won four stages at the Tour de France (in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012) but hasn't made the long list of thirteen potential participants for this year. “Young talented riders have joined and the team has evolved”, explained the 35 year old Frenchman. “I can't say it's unfair. The wheel turns, that's all. Strategies are more based around sprinters and climbers. There's no more space for attackers.” Fédrigo was...

12:16Six minutes lead

The sixteen breakaway riders have six minutes lead.

12:02Eddy Seigneur: "Denifl and Reichenbach might ride the Tour"

Questioned by about the retirement of Stephan Denifl despite looking strong in previous stages, IAM Cycling directeur sportif Eddy Seigneur explained that we've only heard the prelude of Reichenbach and there's more to be seen from his rider from the Valais who will be cheered by a lot of fans tomorrow in Switzerland. “Stephan had a sore knee in the past few days and it got worse this morning so he preferred to stop”, said the former French champion. “He's still on our long...

11:475.30 at km 50

Time gap: 5.30 at km 50.

11:45Six teams have missed out

Teams missing in the front group are: Sky, Europcar, BMC, Katusha, and Garmin-Sharp. But only Team Sky is present at the head of the peloton with seven riders.

11:41New time gap: 5 minutes

At km 46, the time gap is five minutes.

11:41Bakelants the highest ranked

The highest ranked of the breakaway riders is Jan Bakelants, 6.03 down on Chris Froome.

11:40Sky at work

Team Sky sets the tempo at the head of the peloton.

11:384.40 at km 42

Latest time gap: 4.40 at km 42.

11:3745.9km in the first hour

45.9 kilometres have been covered in the first hour of racing.

11:34Westra and Bakelants initiated the breakaway

Lieuwe Westra and Jan Bakelants were the two attackers who initiated this breakaway.

11:32Time gap: 3.40

The time gap is 3.40 at km 39. The peloton seems to be happy with this breakaway. The speed has been reduced after a fast and furious first half and hour of racing.


Three riders have joined the thirteen in the lead: Julien Simon (Cofidis), Jens Keukeleire (Orica) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar).

11:2613 ahead on Friday 13... no FDJ!

13 riders have gone clear at km 30: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pim Ligthart (Lotto), Aleksej Saramotins (IAM), Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), Jens Voigt (Trek), Jan Bakelants and Zdenek Stybar (OPQS), Thomas Damuseau (Giant), Valerio Conti (Lampre), Bram Tankink (Belkin), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp).

11:19KM 34: 13 seconds lead

About ten riders have an advantage of 13 seconds at km 34.

11:17Wackermann pulls out

Luca Wackermann (Lampre-Merida) abandons the Dauphiné.

11:16Three riders at the front

Two riders have joined the lone attacker at the front.

11:14Km 29: one man ahead

A lone rider tries to break away at km 29. The peloton keeps riding fast.

11:01Simon Gerrans: "I won't be part of an early breakaway"

Questioned by before the start, Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans said: “On paper, obviously, it's a really good stage for myself and Daryl Impey. If we're part of the group of the GC favourites to contest the stage victory, we'll give it a go. Having said that, today is the last opportunity for guys who want to win a stage but aren't super climbers. I'd be surprised if the breakaway doesn't make it to the finish but I won't be part of it. This week is hard enough...

10:59Denifl pulls out

Stephan Denifl (IAM) quits the Dauphiné before the 20th kilometre of racing today.

10:56More breakaway attempts

More breakaway attempts but all unsuccessful as the regrouped peloton exits Saint-Quentin-sur-Isère at km 17.

10:52All together at km 14

The peloton keeps riding fast and all together at km 14.

10:50Nicolas Edet: "It's a race for attackers"

Questioned by before the start, the King of the Mountains of last year's Vuelta a Espana Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) didn't hide his ambitions: “This stage is hard to read in advance. The Critérium du Dauphiné has been hard since the beginning. There will be breakaways for sure today but the unknown is whether or not the sprinters' teams will get organized. My goal and also the goal of other Cofidis riders is to ride at the front and we'll do it till the end of the Dauphiné. The...

10:47All together

It's all together after ten first kilometres of fast and furious racing.

10:46Five riders try to go clear

Two AG2R riders are noted in a group that tries to break away at km 8.

10:42All together at km 5

The peloton has exited Grenoble on a very fast note but after five kilometres of racing, it's all together.

10:41Gilles Maignan: "Narrow roads and tricky curves to finish"

Questioned before the start by, ASO official Gilles Maignan who is in charge of the route at the Critérium du Dauphiné explained the possible scenarios today: “It's not a very difficult day of racing. But in the finale, the roads are narrow and there are some tricky curves. I don't foresee a bunch sprint finish. Even FDJ will probably not keep the breakaway under control. I also don't think that Team Sky will ride behind a breakaway, otherwise they'd be exposed to one of their...

10:3510.35, the race is on

The start proper has been given at 10.35 to 153 riders.

10:34Bricaud: "Fédrigo is motivated for breaking away"

Questioned before the start by,'s directeur sportif Thierry Bricaud expressed his embarrassment in planning today's stage. The team of the French lottery cannot only count on luck for winning on Friday 13! “It's a bit complicated for us because we'd like a sprint finish but we also know that there's a slim chance for that to happen. Therefore, we'll attempt to breakaway. Pierrick Fédrigo is motivated for that. If the breakaway doesn't take much time, we'll work for a...

10:24Three category 4 climbs today

Climbs of the day

-    Km 89.5: côte de la Bétaz, cat. 4, 1.5km at 4.4%

-    Km 159: côte de Marcellaz-Albanais, cat. 4, 4.6km at 4.1%

-    Km 171: côte de Ronzy, cat. 4, 1.7km at 6.3%

10:22Jersey holders

Chris Froome (Sky) is in the yellow jersey for the fifth day in a row, with an advance of 12 seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) who respectively wear the green and the white jersey, the Dutchman being the best young rider and the Spaniard laying in third place in the points classification. For the first time, Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) leads the King of the Mountains competition with a significant margin over former leader Kevin Reza: the Italian...

10:18153 starters

153 riders have signed the starting sheet, which is the same number as the finishing riders yesterday.


Welcome to the live coverage of stage 6 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné from Grenoble to Poisy (178.5km), starting quai de France near the Isère river in the capital of the Alps. Today the riders will watch the mountains rather than climb them. It's a great stage for attackers.


Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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