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Critérium du Dauphiné 2013

Date range:
June 2- 9, 2013

June 06, Stage 5: Grésy-sur-Aix - Valmorel 139km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The serious climbing starts today, with a mountaintop finish atop the HC-ranked Montée de Valmorel.

  1. 10:59:00 CEST

    After three flat stages and a time trial, the Dauphine gets serious today. Two category 4 climbs, one category 3, and it ends up with an HC-top finish. We will finally get to see who has the best climbing legs here!

  2. 11:01:05 CEST

    LIeuwe Westra of Vacansoleil did not start today. He hurt his ribs in a crash in the second stage and decided it would be better not to continue.

  3. 11:05:07 CEST

    And once again nice weather! Sunshine and 16.5°C at the start.

  4. 11:11:36 CEST

    • Climb

    Today's climbs:

    Km 25.5 - Côte de Trévignin - 4.4 km climb to 6.6 % - Category 3
    Km 67.0 - Col du Frêne - 1.9 km climb to 6 % - Category 4
    Km 111.0 - Côte de la Croix - 2.3 km climb to 4.1 % - Category 4
    Km 139.0 - Montée de Valmorel - 12.7 km climb to 7 % - Category HC

  5. 11:13:22 CEST

    The attacks have already started! We currently have a group of 11 ahead, with a group of 4 only seven secons behind, and it looks like the field is nearly a minute back.

    No names yet, except that KOM Thomas Damuseau is in the second group.

  6. 129km remaining from 139km

    11:15:48 CEST

    After 10 km we have a group of 12 with a 1:30 gap over the peloton.

    Still no names, though.

  7. 11:19:55 CEST

    Yesterday's time trial turned the GC topsy-turvy, and we expect today's mountains will do the same. Here is a look at the top ten coming into today's stage:

    1     Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp     12:40:00      
    2     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     0:00:05      
    3     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:00:26      
    4     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling     0:00:32      
    5     Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling     0:00:33      
    6     Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling     0:00:55      
    7     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     0:01:09      
    8     Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura     0:01:11      
    9     Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team     0:01:14      
    10     Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team     0:01:26     

  8. 11:21:58 CEST

    LeTour tells us the group,with a 2:30 gap, is: Wellens (LTB), Gavazzi (AST), Slagter (BLA), Busche (RLT), Teklehaimanot (OGE), Bilbao (EUS), Reza (EUC), Rabon (OPQ), Sarmiento (CAN), Erviti (MOV), Lindeman (VCD), Huzarski (TNE).

    Still chasing are: Bookwalter (BMC), Damuseau (ARG), De La Cruz (TNE).

  9. 11:28:17 CEST

    The early part of the course is ideal for a break group. With any luck they will be able to stay away until the final climb.

  10. 11:31:26 CEST

    The three chasers have caught the lead group, and we now have 15 in front, with a gap of 3:15.

  11. 11:35:08 CEST

    Only one team has two riders in the break, and that is the German ProConti team NetApp, with Huzarski and de la Cruz.

  12. 11:37:17 CEST

    Just so we know who is in this break, here is the list with full names and team names: Bert Wellens (Lotto Belisol),Matteo Gavazzi (Astana),Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco), Matthew Busche (RadioShack-Leopard), Daniel Teklehaimanot (Orica-GreenEdge), Pelo Bilbao (Euskaltel), Kevin Reza (Eurocar), Frantiske Rabon (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Cayetano Sarmiento (Cannondale), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Bertjan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano and David de la Cruz (NetApp-Endura).

     

  13. 11:41:53 CEST

    Gavazzi will soon have the honour of being virtual race leader. He was only 3:26 down coming into today's stage.

  14. 113.5km remaining from 139km

    11:44:58 CEST

    • Climb

    The day's first climb, the cat 3 Cote de Trevignin, has been topped by the break group, with KOM Damuseau taking the points ahead of Sarmiento, Slagter and Huzarski. The peloton crossed over 4:15 down.
     

  15. 11:48:15 CEST

    You can take a look at the map and climbs and all of today's stage here.

  16. 11:54:28 CEST

    Gianni Meersman (OPQS) is still in green as he leads the points ranking.

    1     Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     34     pts
    2     Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling     21      
    3     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     20      
    4     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling     20      
    5     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     16      
     

  17. 11:58:35 CEST

    The field has evidently decided that a four-minute gap is nice, and is holding the lead group to it.

  18. 11:59:35 CEST

    So of course we now hear the time gap is holding steady at 4:25....

  19. 12:09:25 CEST

    Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano) goes into the day as the leader in the mountain rankings. This classification may change today.

    1     Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano     55     pts
    2     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     40      
    3     Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     28      
    4     Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement     24      
    5     Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits     15    

  20. 98km remaining from 139km

    12:13:56 CEST

    So much for a stable time gap, it is now at 4:45. Garmin-Sharp, around race leader Rohan Dennis, is leading the chase.

  21. 12:23:51 CEST


    No surprise that Rohan Dennis of Garmin-Sharp is the best young rider!

    1     Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp     12:40:00      
    2     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:00:26      
    3     Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard     0:01:49      
    4     Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ     0:02:05      
    5     Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team     0:02:13      

     

  22. 81km remaining from 139km

    12:34:05 CEST

    The gap has climbed to 5:15 now.

  23. 12:38:44 CEST

    They are now approaching the second climb. From there it is a long descent to a flat-to-slightly-rolling long stretch -- but then that HC climb rears its head!

  24. 12:42:29 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    It is nice to see Daniel Teklehaimanot in the break today. The Eritrean, who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, had visa problems and this is his first race this season.

  25. 12:45:53 CEST

    Damuseau again takes the points at the second ranked climb of the day, ahead of Rabon and Huzarski.

  26. 12:50:48 CEST

    With three riders in the top ten, Sky is the obvious leader in the teams ranking.

    1     Sky Procycling     38:01:10      
    2     Omega Pharma-Quick Step     0:00:09      
    3     Movistar Team     0:03:26      
    4     Astana Pro Team     0:03:53      
    5     RadioShack Leopard     0:04:31      
     

  27. 68km remaining from 139km

    12:55:15 CEST

    The field is slowly catching up. It crossed the second climb only 4:20 behind the lead group.

  28. 12:58:48 CEST

    Katusha has moved in to lead the chase. Perhaps "Purito" Rodriguez thinks he can win this stage?

  29. 50km remaining from 139km

    13:05:02 CEST

    With 50 km to go, the gap is just over four minutes.

  30. 13:11:18 CEST

    • Team Sky

    It was a surprise yesterday to see Richie Porte pass his two-minute man, none other than Alberto Contador, in yesterday's time trial. But Porte knows not to reach any major conclusions from that. “t’s not over yet and there are still a few more weeks. If anyone in the peloton knows how to win the Tour it’s Alberto Contador,” Porte told Cyclingnews.

  31. 13:16:23 CEST

    After the dreadful weather in the Giro, it is refreshing to see a race in nice weather conditions. And the riders are no doubt much happier about it than we are.

  32. 13:19:09 CEST

    There is a new EPO test and the UCI is going back and re-analysing samples. Today's victim is Alexnder Serebryakov, formerly of Euskaltel. He is already suspended for an EPO positive from this year, now he has another one from last year.

  33. 13:23:47 CEST

    A NetApp rider visits the team car to stock up on water bottles.

  34. 13:25:05 CEST

    The road is nice and flat at the moment, but the mountains are most definitely looming in the background.

  35. 32km remaining from 139km

    13:28:15 CEST

    32 km to go and a gap of oly 3:07, with the day#s intermediate sprint coming up.

  36. 13:29:32 CEST

    Thomas Voeckler is now back at the Europcar team car, and grabs some bidons.

  37. 13:31:50 CEST

    The sprint has been sprinted, with it going to Rabon ahead of Busche and Damuseau.

  38. 13:34:12 CEST

    What was wrong with Contador yesterday? Allergies.

  39. 13:35:36 CEST

    Movistar has now moved to the front to help Garmin with the chase. They are now going up the Cat. 4 Cote de la Croix and some riders are getting dropped off the back.

  40. 13:36:47 CEST

    The lead group has crossed the penultimate climb, with Damuseau ahead of Huzarski and de la Cruz.

  41. 13:37:21 CEST

    Damiano Caruso has some sort of mechanical problem, severe enough to require a whole new bike.

  42. 13:42:42 CEST

    Damuseau has picked up an additional 10 mountain points today. That gives him enough of a lead in that ranking that he will keep the KOM jersey today, no matter what.

  43. 13:47:10 CEST

    A number of people may have been going “Rohan who?” after yesterday's stage, but no one was more surprised than the young Australian that he was now the race leader. “The goal for today was to take the white jersey but anything from here on in is a huge bonus, to be wearing a jersey in my first year at a WorldTour race is more than I expected."
     

  44. 13:50:25 CEST

    The field is streaking along in single file, only 2:16 back.

    Up front, two riders have a slight gap on their break colleagues.

  45. 15km remaining from 139km

    13:51:40 CEST

    It looks like Teklehaimanot and Lindeman. They aren't really working together, though.

  46. 13:53:17 CEST

    There are now three in the lead, with de la Cruz having joined them. It is not LIndeman but Rabon.

  47. 12km remaining from 139km

    13:55:24 CEST

    The leading trio has now officially started up the closing climb, the HC-ranked Montee de Valmorel.

  48. 13:56:39 CEST

    And not de la Cruz, but his NetApp teammate Huzarski.

  49. 13:57:08 CEST

    Sky has now taken over command of the peloton.

  50. 13:57:40 CEST

    Rabon struggling to stay up with the otehrs on the climb.

  51. 13:59:02 CEST

    Rabon definitely dropped.

  52. 14:01:29 CEST

    Wellens has now moved up to the front and is there with Teklehaymanot. Rabon and Huzarski have dropped.

  53. 14:02:55 CEST

    Movistar again at the head of the field, as the gap is now under 2 minutes. The riders of the former lead group are now being caught.

  54. 14:04:30 CEST

    Dennis is comfortably in the peloton, but has a lot more Sky riders around him than Garmin teammates.

  55. 14:04:46 CEST

    Teklehaymanot can't follow any more.

  56. 14:06:23 CEST

    Two Movistars at the head of the peloton, followed by most of Sky, and then Dennis and Garmin.

  57. 8km remaining from 139km

    14:08:01 CEST

    Movistar gone now, with Sky at the head of things. The peloton is falling apart, and there are maybe 30 riders in the group.

  58. 14:08:45 CEST

    Meanwhile Wellens is smoothly riding along at his own rhythm.

  59. 14:10:13 CEST

    A Movistar rider has a tiny gap on the Dennis group. But he is now caught again.

  60. 14:10:56 CEST

    Ah, now we have two Movistar riders with a gap! Valverde and a helper.

  61. 6.7km remaining from 139km

    14:11:56 CEST

    Wellens has a 1:13 gap, so he has good chances.

  62. 14:12:25 CEST

    Valverde is not really getting away.

  63. 14:13:37 CEST

    The Dennis group has shrunk again, down to about 15-20 riders.

  64. 14:14:25 CEST

    Valverde alone now ahead of the field, but only about 20 meters or so.

  65. 5.4km remaining from 139km

    14:16:13 CEST

    Busche has now moved up to join Wellens. they have 56 seconds.

  66. 14:17:23 CEST

    Wellens can't do it any more and drops back. Busche now alone in the lead.

  67. 14:19:29 CEST

    Only about 12 in the Dennis group, but a number of them are Sky riders.

    With 4 km to go, Busche has 38 seconds.

  68. 14:20:23 CEST

    Busche has 25 seconds on Valverde, who is 13 seconds ahead of the Dennis group.

  69. 14:21:45 CEST

    Wellens gave it a good try, but it didn't work out. He has now been caught by the Dennis group.

  70. 3km remaining from 139km

    14:22:12 CEST

    Three km to go for Busche, and a 30 second gap.

  71. 14:22:56 CEST

    Valverde is only a bit ahead of the group, and has taken it out. Now he will just try to get to the finish with the others.

  72. 14:23:42 CEST

    Dennis going backwards now.....

  73. 14:24:09 CEST

    He is fighting had to hang on to the group.

  74. 14:24:30 CEST

    He can't hold on though.

  75. 14:25:26 CEST

    This is going to be close:  1.8km and 21 seconds.

  76. 14:26:11 CEST

    Contador is fourth wheel in the group, as Dennis has fallen further and further back.

  77. 14:26:30 CEST

    Contador attacks!

  78. 14:27:24 CEST

    Froome is alone, no more helpers. Two others with him, Valverde and ?

  79. 14:27:57 CEST

    Froome takes off in pursuit of Contador. He is moving into the yellow jersey.

    They are now together.

  80. 14:28:33 CEST

    Only a few hundred metrs to go and they will probably catch Busche to take the win.

  81. 14:28:48 CEST

    Froome attacks and solos in to the finish line.

  82. 14:29:10 CEST

    Contador second and Busche third.

  83. 14:29:33 CEST

    The rest of the riders dribble over the line in small groups or individually.

  84. 14:30:09 CEST

    Dennis has his last moments in the yellow jersey, coming in 59 seconds down.

  85. 14:31:10 CEST

    Frome finished 4 seconds ahead of Contador and Busche.

  86. 14:33:54 CEST

    Froome takes over the GC lead, with teammate Porte behind him at 52 seconds. Dennis is third at 54 seconds.

  87. 14:36:06 CEST

    Today's top ten:

    1    Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
    2    Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    3    Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard
    4    Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    5    Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    6    Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
    7    Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    8    Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    9    Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
    10    Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
     

  88. 14:36:48 CEST

    And our new GC after stage five:

    1    Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
    2    Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
    3    Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
    4    Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    5    Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
    6    Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    7    Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
    8    Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    9    Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
    10    Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team

  89. 14:38:51 CEST

    There is more fun on tap for tomorrow, so be sure to join us again as we continue to follow the Dauphine!