Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 6: Voeckler takes win in Grenoble, Froome retains race lead
Frenchman launches sprint with line in sight to leave three breakaway companions behind
Thomas Voeckler of Europcar has won Stage 6 of the 2013 Critérium du Dauphiné in Grenoble, jumping clear of three breakaway companions in the closing few hundred metres to take the first victory by a French rider in this year's race. Jose Herrada of Movistar finished second, with third and fourth place respectively filled by the Astana pair of Kevin Seeldrayers and Egor Silin.
The peloton arrived three quarters of a minute later, with Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen winning the sprint for fifth place. There's no change in the overall standings, with Chris Froome remaining in the race leader's maillot jaune with just two stages to come.
Omega Pharma-Quck Step had worked hard to try and bring back the escapees to try and set up Gianni Meersman for a sprint finish, but as the escapees headed towards Grenoble and the end of the 143km stage from la La Léchère, they managed to maintain sufficient advantage to ensure they wouldn't be caught.
Astana had the numerical advantage, but unlike in the Dwars door Vlaanderen in March, when Voeckler made an early bid for glory but was caught in the closing metres, he bided his time and his late burst for the line left his rivals with no chance to respond.
Speaking after the stage, Voeckler revealed he'd been helped by the memory of the route into Grenoble from the 2004 edition of the race, when he took the bunch sprint for third place on Stage 6, won by Michael Rasmussen ahead of Ivan Basso.
Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 6 result 1 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar 03:24:13 2 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose Movistar Team Same time 3 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Astana Pro Team " 4 SILIN Egor Astana Pro Team " 5 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 00:46 6 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma-Quick-Step All at same time 7 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team " 8 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE " 9 GERARD Arnaud Bretagne-Séché Environnement " 10 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma - Quick-Step " 11 ROHREGGER Thomas RadioShack - Leopard " 12 CHERNETSKIY Sergey Katusha Team " 13 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team " 14 MATE Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits " 15 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar " 16 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team " 17 DENNIS Rohan Garmin-Sharp " 18 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Blanco Pro Cycling Team " 19 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling " 20 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin-Sharp " Overal standings after Stage 6 1 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 19:33:43 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