Saturday June 14th, 2014

Stage 7Ville-la-Grand / Finhaut-Emosson

Start 12h05 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary14.06.2014Thrilling finale awards Westra and Contador for their panache

While a Russian duo formed of Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov looked like being on their way to another triumph for Katusha, Lieuwe Westra took his revenge twenty-four hours after missing out on the stage win against Jan Bakelants in Poisy. The Dutchman imposed himself in the queen stage at Finhaut-Emosson but the most spectacular action occurred behind him when Alberto Contador attacked with two kilometers to go to dethrone Chris Froome and take the yellow jersey for eight seconds with one...

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interview14.06.2014Alberto Contador: "Beyond expectations"

“The truth is that I knew little about the final climb but I was told that the last five kilometers were very hard. I was well escorted by five of my team-mates. At 2km to go, I was close to my limit but I tried my luck with attacking. It's an incredible surprise that I managed to take the yellow jersey. This is an incredible race. It has gone beyond my expectations so far but the Dauphiné is not over yet. Tomorrow it's a complicated stage with an uphill finish. Team Sky is very strong....

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interview14.06.2014Lieuwe Westra: "It's crazy"

“It's great! I was obviously in good shape in the past few days, going into all those breaks. At the beginning of the stage, I was thinking of taking a rest day for once but I had good legs, so I went for a breakaway again. I didn't feel good in all the climbs but in the last one, I went at my own pace and I passed the two Russians with 200 metres to go. It's crazy.”

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Sporting stakes13.06.2014A serious test in the big mountains

This is the queen stage of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné! Five serious climbs are on the menu, including the last two, located in Switerland, and ranked hors-category. All riders aren't familiar with the col de la Forclaz and Finhaut-Emosson but they'll face steep sections where the pure climbers will be able to test themselves before the Tour de France. Small gears are highly recommended! The day after crashing with ten kilometers to go into stage 6, Chris Froome won't bluff. He expects...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

16:45Top 5

1. Lieuwe Westra (Astana)

2. Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), at 0.07

3. Egor Silin (Katusha), at 0.16

4. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), at 1.33

5. Andrew Talansky (Garmin), at 1.51

16:42Contador takes the lead

With approximately seven seconds lead, Alberto Contador takes the yellow jersey from Chris Froome!

16:40The winner is... Lieuwe Westra!

Westra has overtaken the Russian duo in extremis. He wins stage 7!

16:39Froome rides flat out

Only Hesjedal and Talansky manage to follow Froome who rides flat to minimize his deficit from Contador.

16:3818 seconds for Contador

18 seconds lead for Contador over Froome under the flamme rouge.

16:37Contador is gone

Contador has gone solo in the last two kilometres. Ten seconds lead over Froome.

16:36Attack Alberto!!!

Contador attacks. Porte and Froome don't panic.

16:34Westra has Silin and Trofimov in sight

Within two kilometres to go, Lieuwe Westra can see the leading duo in front of him.

16:3210 riders in the yellow jersey group

Nieve, Porte, Froome, Contador, Nibali, Vandenbroeck, Reichenbach, Bardet, Kelderman and König form the yellow jersey group 2.50 behind the leading duo from Katusha.

16:29van Garderen in difficulty

Tejay van Garderen is losing contact from the yellow jersey group while Anton is reeled in. Silin and Trofimov are 3.25 ahead with 3km to go.

16:27Anton attacks

Igor Anton who had been in difficulty in the early part of the race attacks from the yellow jersey group that reels De Marchi in.

16:21No worries for Froomey

Escorted by four team-mates, Chris Froome came out of the steep sections of Finhaut without any worries while a few riders got dropped including Tanel Kangert (Astana), tenth on GC, Frenchmen JC Péraud and Kenny Elissonde, etc. also Trek captain Haimar Zubeldia.

16:16Kiryienka leads the bunch

The peloton is still led by Team Sky and precisely by Vassil Kiryienka, five minutes behind the leading duo.

16:13Leading duo in Finhaut

Silin and Trofimov are passing through the charming village of Finhaut that has steep sections at 17%.

16:07Trofimov and Silin together

Yuriy Trofimov has been instructed to wait for his team-mate Egor Silin. Two Katusha riders in the lead, with an advantage of 35 seconds ahead of Gallopin, Hesjedal and Westra.

16:05Trofimov first at La Forclaz

Result of KOM price at col de la Forclaz, HC:

1. Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), 20 points

2. at 0.10: Egor Silin (Katusha), 18

3. at 0.45: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 16

4. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin), 14

5. at 0.50: Tony Gallopin (Lotto), 12

6. at 1.15: Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), 10

7. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), 8

8. at 1.40: Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), 7

9. at 2.00: Cyril Gautier (Europcar), 6

10. at 2.15: Alessandro De Marchi...

15:58Silin tries to bridge the gap

Egor Silin is on his way to come across to his team mate Yuriy Trofimov who passes first atop La Forclaz.

15:48Trofimov goes solo

Trofimov goes solo three kilometres before the col.

15:48Team Sky in control

Six riders from Team Sky lead the bunch five minutes behind the five leaders.

15:46Westra comes across

Five riders in the lead as Westra comes across.

15:45Four in the lead

Four riders in the lead: Silin and Trofimov (Katusha), Hesjedal (Garmin) and Gallopin (Lotto).

15:44Trofimov on fire

Yuriy Trofimov attacks seven kilometres before the col de la Forclaz. Tony Gallopin bridges the gap by himself. Ryder Hesjedal and Egor Silin are baout to do so too.

15:3612 in the lead

Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin) and Lars Boom (Belkin) have an advantage of 5.25 with 25km to go.

15:34De Marchi back in the front group

Polka dot jersey Alessandro De Marchi is back in the front group.

15:305.40 at km 130

At km 130, the deficit of the peloton is 5.40.

15:28Hesjedal puts the hammer down

De Marchi, Schorn and Brändle are in difficulty in the front group as Ryder Hesjedal puts the hammer down. Team Sky leads the bunch again.

15:27Six minutes

The time gap goes down quickly: six minutes as the peloton also starts climbing to col de la Forclaz. Among the riders dropped from the bunch: Démare (FDJ), Millar (Garmin), Jungels (Trek), Howard (Orica), Koren (Cannondale)...

15:24Under seven minutes

Time gap one kilometre before the sprint line in Martigny: 6.50. Alberto Contador might have some memory there... Martigny was the hosting town of the Tour de France during the second rest day in 2009, the day after the Spaniard took the yellow jersey from Rinaldo Nocentini in Verbier.

15:22Escapees in the col de la Forclaz

The leading group has begun climbing to col de la Forclaz.

15:18Brändle wins the hot spot sprint

Result of the intermediate sprint in Martigny, km 128:

1. Matthias Brändle (IAM), 5 points

2. Daniel Schorn (NetApp), 3

3. Lars Boom (Belkin), 1

15:11Peloton in one lane

The peloton led by Tinkoff-Saxo is strunge out.

15:1042.7km in the third hour

The 14 breakaway riders have covered 42.7km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 40.3km/h.

15:09Tinkoff-Saxo leads the bunch

Four riders from the Tinkoff-Saxo team are at the head of the peloton.

15:077.45 at km 113

Time gap at km 113: 7.45

15:02Gap on the up

7.20 is the new time gap in the feed zone located in Massongex.

14:58Km 105: six minutes

At km 105, the peloton has a deficit of exactly six minutes, so for the first time today, Lieuwe Westra virtually leads the Dauphiné as he's 5.59 down on Chris Froome on GC.

14:51Breakaway at km 104

The 14-man breakaway is located at km 104 in Monthey. Time gap to the bunch: 5.45.

14:41De Marchi mathematically assured of the polka dot jersey

With 53 points lead over Kevin Reza before the two conclusive H.C. climbs of stage 7, Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) is mathematically assured of wearing the polka dot jersey at the post-race ceremony again today, providing that he'll complete the race inside the time cut.

14:375.30 at Pas de Morgins

At Pas de Morgins, the border between France and Switzerland, at km 88.5, the 14 breakaway riders are timed 5.30 ahead of the peloton.

14:35De Marchi once again

Result of the KOM price at Pas de Morgins, cat. 2:

1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 10 points

2. Matthias Brändle (IAM), 9

3. Greg van Avermaet (BMC), 8

4. Lars Boom (Belkin), 7

5. Egor Silin (Katusha), 6

6. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 5

14:30Riders in Chatel

The riders are passing through Chatel where Dani Moreno (Katusha) won the last stage of the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné. The peloton cruises around six minutes behind the 14 breakaway riders. The temperature on the road is 17.5°.

14:26Erik Dekker: "Why not another surprise by Kelderman..."

Questioned by, Belkin's directeur sportif Erik Dekker said: "Wilco [Kelderman] surprised me every day so far, so why not once again today... He also rode the Giro. Fatigue might take its toll this week-end. These two days, the route is really hard! Logically he shouldn't be able to attack Froome and Contador but who knows with him..."

14:105.30 at km 75

Time gap at km 75: 5.30.

14:10Average speed: 39.1km/h

The breakaway riders have covered 34.2km in the second hour. Average speed so far: 39.1km/h.

14:0843 points lead for De Marchi

At this stage, Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) has bagged 87 points in the KOM competition. 50 more points are up for grab in the Pas de Morgins, col de la Forclaz and Finhaut-Emosson. Runner up Kevin Reza (Europcar) has 44 points and Thomas Damuseau (Giant) has 36. The latter is already not mathematically able to take the polka dot jersey today. It's very unlikely that Reza who is not in the breakaway today will score 43 points, so most probably, providing that he finishes the stage in...

13:575.40 at col du Corbier

The 14 leaders are 5.40 ahead of the peloton at the col du Corbier (km 64).

13:54De Marchi first at col du Corbier

Result of KOM price, at col du Corbier, cat. 1:

1. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), 15 points

2. Matthias Brändle (IAM), 13

3. Egor Silin (Katusha), 11

4. Cyril Gautier (Europcar), 9

5. Daniel Schorn (NetApp), 8

6. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 7

7. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin), 6

8. Lars Boom (Belkin), 5

13:475.25 at km 60

Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Matthias Brändle (IAM), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin), Lars Boom (Belkin) and Daniel Schorn (NetApp) have an advantage of 5.25 at km 60.

13:32Westra the highest on GC

Lieuwe Westra (Astana) is the highest ranked of the breakaway riders, 5.59 down on Chris Froome. Egor Silin is at 6.31, Yuriy Trofimov at 7.50.

13:2814 leaders after regrouping

At km 53, a group of chasers has come across the six leaders. 14 riders at the front now: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Matthias Brändle (IAM), Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Egor Silin and Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin), Lars Boom (Belkin), Daniel Schorn (NetApp).

13:224.20 at km 52.5

The six leaders have an advantage of 4.20 at km 52.5.

13:1243.9km in the first hour

The breakaway riders have covered 43.9 kilometres in the first hour of racing.

13:11Trofimov first at Les Gets

Result of KOM price at Les Gets, second category:

1. Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), 10 points

2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 9

3. Egor Silin (Katusha), 8

4. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin), 7

5. Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS), 6

6. Rein Taarämae (Cofidis), 5

13:07Gallopin comes across

Tony Gallopin (Lotto) makes it across to the leading quintet.

13:06Correction: Taarämae is not at the front

Correction about the composition of the front group: Taarämae is in a chasing group with Tony Gallopin (Lotto) but not in the lead. But stage 4 winner Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha) is one of the riders ahead.

13:02Five riders in the lead

Five riders in the lead at Les Gets: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Rein Taarämae (Cofidis), Egor Silin (Katusha), Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin).

12:52Westra and Silin again on the move

Lieuwe Westra (Astana), second to Jan Bakelants yesterday in Poisy, wants his revenge: he has attacked again at km 30 in the côte des Gets. Egor Silin (Katusha) who was in the breakaway two days ago accompanies him.

12:50Riding to Les Gets

The riders are climbing to Les Gets where Christophe Kern (Europcar) won stage 5 of the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011.

12:47A few riders dropped

After 25km of racing, some riders are getting dropped already: Igor Anton (Movistar) who has ridden the Giro d'Italia at the service of Nairo Quintana already, Mickaël Delage (FDJ), Thierry Hupond (Giant) and Aleksej Saramotins (IAM) who declared yesterday after breaking away on stage 6: "I've suffered a lot. The heat has taken its toll on my body after the cold of the races in Spring. I wasn't able to follow Westra and Bakelants when they accelerated. I just finished quietly as we have a...

12:41Roelandts pulls out

Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto) has retired from the Dauphiné.

12:31All together at km 19

It's game over for Alaphilippe. All together at km 19.

12:30Attack by Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe (OPQS) has attacked at km 17.

12:23All together at km 13

Another breakaway including De Marchi has been caught and it's all together again at km 13.

12:17Damuseau crashed

Thomas Damuseau (Giant) has crashed but he's back on his bike.

12:17Chavanel ambitious

The eight attackers have been reeled in at km 5. Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) has gone clear by himself.

12:15De Marchi on the move

Eight riders have gone clear from the gun, including polka dot jersey wearer Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale).

12:14Bakelants rides in green

Correction: Jan Bakelants (OPQS) rides in the green jersey today. After his stage victory yesterday, he's second to Chris Froome in the points classification, with only one point more than Alberto Contador.

12:08The race is on

The start proper of stage 7 has been given at 12.07 to 146 riders.

12:05Chris Froome looks ok after his crash

Chris Froome showed up at Ville-la-Grand with a bandage on his left elbow and commented: "It stings a bit but I slept well last night."

11:56Jersey holders

Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the yellow jersey he got on Day 1 at the end of the individual time trial in Lyon despite crashing yesterday with ten kilometers to go. He's still ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) on GC with an advantage of twelve seconds on them both. Contador and Kelderman wear the green and white jersey respectively. Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) holds the polka dot jersey for the second day in a row.

11:56Five big climbs on the menu

Climbs of the day

-    Km 34: côte des Gets, cat. 2, 10.3km at 4.9%

-    Km 64: col du Corbier, cat. 1, 7.5km at 7.5%

-    Km 88.5: Pas de Morgins, cat. 2, 6km at 5.7%

-    Km 142: col de la Forclaz, cat. HC, 12.6km at 8.2%

-    Km 160: Finhaut-Emosson, cat. HC, 10.2km at 8%

11:54Four non-starters

Four riders haven't taken the start in Ville-la-Grand where the mayor Raymond Bardet awarded a medal to AG2R-La Mondiale's Romain Bardet: Yoann Offredo (, Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQS), Jack Bobridge (Belkin) and Damiano Caruso (Cannondale).


Welcome to the liver coverage of stage 7 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné, from Ville-la-Grand in Haute-Savoie, France, near the Leman lake to Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland (160km). This is a real mountain stage with a wonderful uphill finish through the charming village of Finhaut and its extremely steep slopes eight kilometers before the summit near the reservoir of Emosson! The podium is dressed up for the ceremony in front of the Mont-Blanc.


Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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