Chris Froome (Sky) stamped his authority on the Criterium du Dauphine with an impressive victory on stage five to take the overall lead from Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and send a warning shot to his rivals ahead of the Tour de France. 

From behind a typical Sky lead out Froome pounced on a late attack in the final 1.3km by Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), catching the Spaniard before edging past him on the run in to the line.

It was the strong performance that had been expected of Froome and Sky in this year’s Dauphine; one which helped the British rider cement his place as outright favourite for the Tour de France in three weeks’ time. 

Behind Froome, the sole remnant of the day’s 15 strong break, Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Leopard), was narrowly caught by the leading pair with metres to race but held on for third place on the stage.

Garmin’s youngster Dennis, after putting in a stoic performance in his big ring on the stage’s summit finish, conceded nearly a minute to Froome to drop to third overall behind Froome’s teammate Richie Porte.

Criterium du Dauphine 2013, stage five: Gresy-sur-Aix to Valmorel, 139km
1. Chris Froome (Sky) in 3-28-39

2. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 4 secs
3. Matthew Busche (Radioshack-Leopard) at s.t.
4. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at 10 secs
5. Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 12 secs
6. Daniel Moreno (Katusha)
7. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) at s.t.
8. Daniel Navarro (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 21 secs
9. Richie Porte (Sky) at 24 secs
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) at 29 secs

Overall classification after stage five
1. Chris Froome (Sky) in 15-08-44

2. Richie Porte (Sky) at 52 secs
3. Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) at 54 secs
4. Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 1-37
5. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) at 1-47
6. Daniel Navarro (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 1-49
7. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) at 1-52
8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) at 1-58
9. Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) at 2-18
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) at 2-20
13. Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) at 2-49
25. Geraint Thomas (Sky) at 5-30

Richie Porte chases Matthew Busche

Matthew Busche goes solo

Rohan Dennis

Alberto Contador attacks

Chris Froome wins

Related links

Stage five photo gallery

Tony Martin wins Criterium du Dauphine time trial

Criterium du Dauphine 2013: Preview and coverage

  • J Dunn

    Whatever top riders must have, Froome has it in spades.

    And heartening to see a young rider like Rohan Dennis hanging on like that. There are days when it feels like cycling is healing at last.

  • Stewart

    Well done Froomie, the Sky machine is oiled and ready for the TdF. It will be great to have another British rider on top of the podium in Paris and riding out as number 1 when the tour opens in God’s own county of Yorkshire. 🙂 It still has to be won, but all the credentials are there and he’s done it before, albeit it was 2nd under team orders!

  • TG

    Is the stage 4 TT Gallery an advert for riding time trials with your head down? I know they are Professionals riding on closed roads, but young kids see these images and believe that is how you have to ride to go faster.