Team Sky’s Chris Froome took his chance on the final stage of the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné to attack race leader Tejay van Garderen (BMC) on the final climb and overturn an 18 second deficit on GC to win the race for the second time in his career.
Froome’s Sky teammates controlled the race throughout the day, and never let any breakaway get out of reach, knowing that the time bonus on the line would give him the best chance of unseating the American on the final day.
And the Brit did just that. After being paced up the penultimate and then final climb by teammate Wout Poels, Froome attacked with around 2.5km remaining, with van Garderen unable to hold his wheel for long and soon found himself distanced.
In fact, the BMC leader was caught by those chasing, Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), and lost out on any time bonuses on the line as the two rounded him to take second and third respectively.
It meant Yates finished in fifth position on GC, 1-33 behind his compatriot, and sealed the white jersey of best young rider ahead of stage five winner Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale).
Froome will now look towards the Tour de France, with the Dauphiné the last chance for him to hone his form ahead of the race in July.