Chris Froome of Team Sky underlined his Tour de France credentials today as he won Stage 5 of the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné to take the race leader's maillot jaune. Froome had responded to an attack from Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador inside the closing kilometre and half of the 12.7km climb of the Hors Categorie Montée de Valmorel which brought today's stage to a close.
The Team Sky rider, aiming to succeed team mate Bradley Wiggins as winner of this race - the Tour de France champion has won the past two editions - caught and passed Contador with less than 500 metres remaining, just as the pair caught up with Matthew Bushche of RadioShack-Leopard.
The American was the last man standing from a 15-man break that had got away early on in the 139km from Grésy-sur-Aix, but was unable to match the pace being set by Froome and Contador as he desperately tried to hang on for the stage win.
Less than 2km from the summit of that final ascent, overnight leader Rohan Dennis of Garmin-Sharp was distanced by what was becoming an increasingly small GC group, and one that was missing Europcar's Pierre Rolland, who had been held up by a crash at the start of the climb, and Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez, who had punctured.
Froome's strong performance in yesterday's individual time trial - he was third behind winner Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Dennis - combined with his victory today means he now has a commanding position at the top of the GC with three stages remaining, 52 seconds ahead of Sky team mate Richie Porte, who was ninth today after doing a lot of the work to set up his team leader to challenge for the win.
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 5 result 1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 03:28:39 2 CONTADOR Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:04 3 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack - Leopard ,, 4 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team 00:10 5 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:12 6 MORENO Daniel Katusha Team ,, 7 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits ,, 8 NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 00:21 9 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:24 10 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 00:29 11 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team 00:32 12 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team ,, 13 HERNáNDEZ Jesús Team Saxo-Tinkoff 00:55 14 DENNIS Rohan Garmin - Sharp 00:59 15 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 01:10 16 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Astana Pro Team 01:19 17 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:23 18 SANCHEZ Samuel Euskaltel - Euskadi 01:31 19 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 01:37 20 ZUBELDIA Haimar RadioShack - Leopard ,, Overall Standings after Stage 5 1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 16:08:44 2 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:52 3 DENNIS Rohan Garmin - Sharp 00:54 4 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:37 5 MORENO Daniel Katusha Team 01:47 6 NAVARRO Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:49 7 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:52 8 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 01:58 9 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 02:16 10 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 02:20
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.