Alberto Contador puts Chris Froome under pressure in Criterium du Dauphine

Solo attack by Alberto Contador during stage five of the Dauphine causes Sky to chase hard to protect Chris Froome's lead

Alberto Contador attacks during stage 5 of the 2014 Criterium du Dauphine

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador put Chris Froome's lead to the test today in France's Critérium du Dauphiné with an unexpected attack on a descent. He said that he wanted to try to rattle Team Sky ahead of the big weekend stages to come.

"I didn't think to attack, not at all and not because I saw a weakness in team Sky," Tinkoff-Saxo's Spaniard said. "I went because it was hard day for everyone. I tried to shake things up."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.