The sixth stage of the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné saw riders take on the the second mountain stage of the week-long stage race, with a category three summi finish into Villard-de-Lans.
After suffering on the penultimate climb of stage five, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) made amends with an ultra-attacking performance on stage six which saw him make it into a five-man breakaway with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida), Tony Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal).
The Italian champion looked to be on for a stage win and the overall lead when he launched an attack with 1.5km remaining, but was caught by former world champion Costa before the line and was unable to match the Portuguese in the sprint.
Yellow jersey Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) slipped down the GC as they struggled through the rain around two minutes back from the break up front.
It measn that Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) is Britain’s highest placed rider in fourth place, 35 seconds behind Nibali who now leads on GC. He’ll also wear the wear the white jersey of the best young rider after stage five victor Romain Bardet (Ag2r) dropped down the rankings after crashing on the sixth day.
Stage seven sees another tough day for the riders, as they head along a 155km route which features no less than five category one climbs, including a summit finish.