World champion Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step pulled off a convincing win in the Stage 4 individual time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné today, but it's Garmin-Sharp's Rohan Dennis who is in the race leader's maillot jaune this afternoon. Martin finished in 36 minutes 54 seconds, but began the day nearly 11 minutes off the overall lead. Dennis was 47 seconds down on Martin today, but leads the GC by 5 seconds from Team Sky's Chris Froome, who was third fastest, 5 seconds behind the Australian.
Froome's time of 37 minutes 46 seconds on the 32.5km course from Villars-les-Dombes to Parc des Oiseaux was 52 seconds down on Martin's, but more importantly puts him in a commanding position on GC, with rivals such as Alberto Contador, nearly 3 minutes behind the Briton today, losing big time - the Spaniard explaining afterwards that he was suffering from allergies.
All round, it was a good day for Sky, with four riders - Froome, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas - all getting into the top ten on the stage, and that quartet all feauture among the top six positions on GC, with overnight leader David Veilleux of Europcar dropping to seventh.
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 4 result 1 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 36:54:00 2 DENNIS Rohan Garmin-Sharp 00:47 3 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:52 4 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team 01:08 5 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 01:13 6 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 01:19 7 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 01:20 8 BARTA Jan Team NetApp-Endura 01:36 9 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team 01:38 10 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 01:42 11 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 01:46 12 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp-Endura 01:58 13 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 02:01 14 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 02:17 15 NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 02:20 16 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil-DCM 02:25 17 MORENO Daniel Katusha Team 02:27 18 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 02:28 19 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 02:32 20 TERUEL Eloy Movistar Team 02:34 Overall standings after Stage 4 1 DENNIS Rohan Garmin-Sharp 12:40:00 2 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:05 3 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma-Quick-Step 00:26 4 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 00:32 5 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:33 6 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 00:55 7 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar 01:09 8 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp-Endura 01:11 9 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:14 10 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 01:26
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.