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Team Sky rider underlines Tour de France credentials with victory on today's Hors Categorie summit finish...

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.

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jdstrachan@yaho... [52 posts] 3 years ago
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Excellent result for Froome and Team Sky - if people doubted his credentials against the likes of Contador, perhaps this is finally proof.

Even though Im a Wiggo fan, Froome is more exciting to watch. With the issues last year I think we may well have seen the same issues but in reverse this year at the Tour.

Froome is proving his status of Tour contender, and Sky team leader.

Chapeau Froomey!

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Fringe [1047 posts] 3 years ago
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looking at the way Porte and Froome steamrollered up the climb then Froome blasting past Contador etc you would be a foolish person to bet against Froome not winning the TdF.

(There ya go I've jinxed it now, you can all go and put a £5 on Voeckler for the win.  4 )

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 3 years ago
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jdstrachan [at] yahoo.co.uk wrote:

Excellent result for Froome and Team Sky - if people doubted his credentials against the likes of Contador, perhaps this is finally proof.

Even though Im a Wiggo fan, Froome is more exciting to watch. With the issues last year I think we may well have seen the same issues but in reverse this year at the Tour.

Froome is proving his status of Tour contender, and Sky team leader.

Chapeau Froomey!

Agree, quite the win today and quite a way away from Wiggins, who I suspect would have lost time to Contador today. You can see why Sky have put their eggs in the Froome Dog basket.

Froome exactly the burst of acceleration to match Contador/Rodriguez etc. that Wiggins can only dream of.

Was it just me, or did anyone else think that Rohan Dennis had a gear problem? He just suddenly dropped out the back, but it seemed like he was stuck in a high gear. Even at the finish he seemed to be pedalling a much larger gear just behind a Saxobank rider - wonder if that's another Di issue - mechanicals have become quite fashionable this year so far.....

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Fran The Man [81 posts] 3 years ago
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What can I say but: "Make roome for Froome!" He's coming through!  1

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dreamlx10 [157 posts] 3 years ago
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I wish he would get rid of those sunglasses though.

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Fringe [1047 posts] 3 years ago
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hmmmm

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bikeandy61 [532 posts] 3 years ago
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I know I am cyclical in wondering why the big Spanish riders aren't going as well as they do in Spain over in France. But you do wonder, or at least I do.

Great ride leaders Froome and Porte.

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Not KOM [79 posts] 3 years ago
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Fringe wrote:

(There ya go I've jinxed it now, you can all go and put a £5 on Voeckler for the win.  4 )

I'd back him for a stage win, (he's great fun) but £5 for the GC? How about just putting the money in an envelope and handing it to a stranger - you've got as much chance of getting it back  3

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Cooks [491 posts] 3 years ago
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Voeckler is worth a fiver just because he's Voeckler.

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 3 years ago
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bikeandy61 wrote:

I know I am cyclical in wondering why the big Spanish riders aren't going as well as they do in Spain over in France. But you do wonder, or at least I do.

Great ride leaders Froome and Porte.

One suspects the tougher stance on anti-doping may play a part. The organisers in France seem to have a more robust attitude to it, and it being the biggest race you can understand that they have more power over the riders. The Vuelta is probably the smallest of the GTs and they are more frightened about the bad publicity, plus the lax laws there.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Great ride by Froome!

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Tripod16 [157 posts] 3 years ago
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Loved watching Froome cruise past Cuntador...must have been quite disheartening for the cheat!