Chris Froome praises Richie Porte after Dauphine stage win

Richie Porte and Chris Froome, Criterium du Dauphine 2013

The strength of Sky's Chris Froome and Richie Porte was once again evident in the Critérium du Dauphiné yesterday. The two took control of the final run up Valmorel for Froome to win the stage and take the overall lead. It is a frightening omen for their rivals ahead of the Tour de France.

"Richie did a fantastic job today. He and Pete Kennaugh really controlled the final climb. They were holding me in position the whole day at the front of the peloton, bringing me to the climb in perfect condition," Froome said immediately afterwards in live TV.

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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.