Chris Froome (Team Sky) was looking to consolidate his overall lead on penultimate day of the Critérum du Dauphiné, the queen stage, which took five categorised climbs including the fierce Col de le Madeleine which ascends to almost 2000m.

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But the Brit wouldn’t be in a position to contest a second consecutive stage victory after his win on Friday to Vaujany, as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) fought it out on the slopes of the final climb to Méribel after escaping from the day’s large breakaway group.

Pinot was able to best his compatriot in the sprint finish to the ski resort, but Bardet moved up to third overall thanks to holding a over a minute advantage to the GC contenders in the main peloton.

Behind, Froome was able to put more time into his closest rivals Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC) after following an attack from Dan Martin (Etixx-Quick Step).

It means Froome now heads into the final stage with 21 seconds advantage, and a chance to seal his second consecutive overall win at the Critérium du Dauphiné and third in his career.