Simon Spilak made it two wins in as many days for Katusha at the Critérium du Dauphiné as he soloed to win stage five in La Mure this afternoon.
Spilak was part of the day-long breakaway, and broke clear on the Cote de Laffrey with 20 kilometres to go to take his second victory of 2014.
Thankfully, unlike team-mate Yury Trofimov who triumphed in Gap yesterday, Spilak remembered to zip his jersey up approaching the finish to ensure his sponsors were on show in the winning photo.
Chris Froome finished in a group 17 seconds behind Spilak to maintain the race lead. However, the Briton suffered a scare when Alberto Contador, who trails Froome by 12 seconds on GC, attempted to breakaway on the descent of the second-category Col de la Morte climb with 30 kilometres remaining.
The double Tour champion attacked with team-mate Sergio Paulinho, but their advantage was gradually decreased by Sky’s Mikel Nieve and Richie Porte. Contador was caught with 17.7 kilometres to go.
Britain’s Adam Yates also got involved in the action, attempting to jump out of a fragmented peloton inside the final five kilometres. Although he didn’t succeed, he managed to finish third. He gained a time bonus for this, which moves him to 1-24 behind Froome on GC.
Critérium du Dauphiné 2014, stage five: Sisteron to La Mure, 184km
1. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha in 4-51-24
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at 0-14
3. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at st.
4. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge at 0-17
5. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
6. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Cofidis
7. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
8. Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale
9. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
10. Leopold König (Cze) NetApp-Endura all at st.
Overall classification after stage five
1. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky in 19-01-00
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 12 secs
3. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin at st
4. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 33 secs
5. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 35 secs
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana at 50 secs
7. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing at 1-22
8. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at st.
9. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 1-24
10. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 1-35