The first mountain stage of the 2016 Critérium du Dauphiné on Friday did not disappoint.
Starting in La Ravoire, the 140km stage travelled to Vaujany via a series of six categorised climbs, with the seventh and final ascent saved for the finish.
Stage one winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) went into the day with a slim advantage of four second over Chris Froome (Sky) with Richie Porte (BMC) in third at six seconds.
Froome evidently decided to take the fight to Contador, putting his Sky team-mates on the front to reduce the peloton. Mikel Landa then attacked on the final climb to cause panic in the contenders group.
As Landa fell back, Froome launched his own attack with around 2km to go. Initially Contador and Porte followed him, but it was soon evident that Contador could not keep pace.
Froome and Porte worked together to distance Contador, with the Spaniard being joined by Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and then Brit Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge).
Toward the line, Froome sprinted out of the saddle to distance Porte and take the win, with Yates just pipping Martin to take third.
Froome’s time gap and bonus were enough to see him take the yellow jersey, and he now sits seven seconds ahead of Porte, with Contador slipping to third at 27 seconds. Martin is fourth at 37 seconds, with Yates now sixth at 52 seconds.
The race continues on Saturday with another day in the mountains, stage six from La Rochette to the category one climb of Méribel via the Col de la Madeleine.