Chris Froome: 'I'd rather gain time on Contador in the mountains, not through injury'

As Alberto Contador lost 33 more seconds, Chris Froome said he doesn't take joy from beating injured rivals

Chris Froome on stage 5 of the 2016 Tour de France (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky flexed their muscles through the Massif Central on stage five of the Tour de France to reach the Le Lioran ski station as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost time.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won from an escape and took the race lead. Sky, meanwhile, worked at the front of the peloton to keep Chris Froome safe, with the Brit arriving with a small group 33 seconds ahead of Contador and 8-38 minutes ahead of Nibali.

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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.