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Critérium du Dauphiné 2013

Date range:
June 2- 9, 2013

June 07, Stage 6: La Léchère - Grenoble 143km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand
  1. 11:17:23 CEST

     Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage six of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

  2. 11:18:38 CEST

    The peloton has just left La Léchère for the fast slightly downhill start towards Albertville.

     

  3. 11:21:49 CEST

     Today's 143km stage is a mix of flat roads along the valley and then four climbs before a plateau and a dive down to the finish in Grenoble.

    It seems perfect for a breakaway or a select sprint finish. 

  4. 11:23:12 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) made an early attack but for now the peloton is all together. 

     

  5. 11:25:32 CEST

    After his stage victory yesterday, Chris Froome (Team Sky) is in control of the race leader's yellow jersey and looks set for overall success. Team Sky will have to rode tempo during part of today's stage but the British team will be happy with a quiet day in the saddle, letting other riders and teams chase success today.

    Team Sky will be saving its strength for the weekend mountain stages.  

     

  6. 13km remaining from 143km

    11:26:48 CEST

    The riders have covered 13km of the stage but a break has still to form.

     

  7. 130km remaining from 143km

    11:28:11 CEST

     The riders have covered 13km, leaving 130km to go.

  8. 11:33:18 CEST

    Crash! Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) takes a tumble but seems ok and is back on his bike.

     

  9. 11:41:29 CEST

    Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has won the hot spot sprint in Albertville. 

     

  10. 11:42:36 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel and Nikolas Maes took second and third, stopping other riders taking points and threatening Meersman's lead in the green jersey competition.

     

  11. 11:44:59 CEST

    As often is the case, the sprint has sparked an attack. Chavanel kept going and has been joined by other riders.  

     

  12. 113km remaining from 143km

    11:45:52 CEST

    However the peloton has quickly chased them down and the race is all together. 

     

  13. 11:47:20 CEST

    Frenchman Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar)  tried to get in the move. He crashed yesterday and had promised to go on the attack to try to win a stage. 

    Read what he said yesterday here.

     

  14. 11:55:08 CEST

    Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) had a poor time trial on Thursday. He bounced back yesterday and insisted in an interview with Cyclingnews that he 'is where he wants to be' as the Tour de France looms large on the horizon.

    Read the full interview feature with Contador here.  

     

  15. 12:01:37 CEST

    Elia Favilli (Lampre-Merida) was the only non-starter today. However Timofey Kritskiy (Katusha) has now retired from the race too. 

     

  16. 12:05:26 CEST

    It's perfect weather for racing today with blue skies and sunshine. The riders are lined out and riding fast, so have little time to enjoy the conditions. 

     

  17. 12:15:24 CEST

    The peloton has covered 50.4km in the first hour of racing. Some of the roads were downhill but that's still fast and furious.

     

  18. 89km remaining from 143km

    12:18:34 CEST

    We have a new breakaway forming and this one could be let go.

    The trio are Assan Bazayev (Astana), Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoliel-DCM) and Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura).  They have a 40-second gap, while many in the peloton have stopped for a natural break. That's good news for the trio.

     

  19. 86km remaining from 143km

    12:23:44 CEST

    The trio has a lead of 1:25 as they start the côte d’Arvillard, the climb of the day. 

     

  20. 12:25:04 CEST

    The trio has a lead of 1:25 as they start the côte d’Arvillard, the climb of the day. 

     

  21. 12:28:41 CEST

    Flecha is the first to the summit of the cote, taking three mountain points.

     

  22. 73km remaining from 143km

    12:40:11 CEST

    As we approach half-distance in the stage, the lead of the break has fallen slightly as they begin the Cat 1 Col du Barioz climb. 

     

  23. 12:46:00 CEST

    Radio tour has confirmed that Team Europcar is leading the chase of the break. 

    The French team is keen to impress as it looks for a second sponsor for 2014 in an attempt to secure WorldTour status.

     

  24. 12:47:27 CEST

    The Col du Barioz is a nasty climb: 7.1 km at 7.3 % average.

     

  25. 12:48:29 CEST

    It's perfect for a counter attack and we have one: Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) has gone across and through the  breakaway. We have a new race on our hands now. 

     

  26. 12:49:08 CEST

    Voeckler has joined Flecha at the front of the race. 

     

  27. 12:52:23 CEST

    Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana), José Herrada (Movistar) and Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) have also jumped across to the breakaway during the climb of the Col du Barioz. 

     

  28. 12:53:50 CEST

    And Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) is also in the move, replacing a tired Felcha. Wellens went on the attack yesterday too.  

     

  29. 13:00:47 CEST

    More riders are going across to the move. We now have eight up front.

     

  30. 60km remaining from 143km

    13:02:56 CEST

    Team Sky is leading the peloton, with the gap just 40 seconds. Will they let it go? 

     

  31. 13:06:54 CEST

    Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana Pro Team) is the first rider over the top of the climb and so takes 15 points.

    The peloton is now 1:00 behind.  

     

  32. 13:10:34 CEST

    The gap is now 1:40 as Team Sky rides on the front to protect Chris Froome's yellow jersey.

     

  33. 13:16:16 CEST

    Froome looks relaxed in the peloton, spinning a low gear with his usual low heel style. 

     

  34. 13:20:41 CEST

    Meanwhile over the border in Switzerland, riders are preparing for the Tour de Suisse, which begins on Saturday.

     

  35. 13:22:23 CEST

    The break has crossed the Col des Ayes and is diving down the descent. 

     

  36. 13:23:24 CEST

    The peloton also reaches the top and takes on bidons from their soigneur at the side of the road. 

     

  37. 13:23:57 CEST

    The breakaway riders have their team cars with them to keep them hydrated.

     

  38. 50km remaining from 143km

    13:24:50 CEST

    There is just 50km left to race.

     

  39. 13:25:35 CEST

    The next 30km cover rolling roads before the fast descent to the finish in Grenoble. 

     

  40. 13:31:31 CEST

    Elia Viviani (Cannondale) is working hard with several teammates to get back on to the peloton but OPQS is now on the front, trying to make him suffer. 

     

  41. 13:32:34 CEST

    The breakaway is on the final climb of the day, the Cat 4 Col des Mouilles.

     

  42. 13:36:17 CEST

    Sylvain Chavanel is driving the peloton and making some of the sprinters suffer. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) is in the front group but is fighting hard to hold the wheels. 

     

  43. 13:37:46 CEST

    Bouhanni makes it over the last climb at the back of the bunch. Viviani is still chasing with his teammates.

     

  44. 38km remaining from 143km

    13:42:49 CEST

    There are few drops of raining, which could make the long descent interesting.

     

  45. 13:50:02 CEST

    The race is on! The break of eight riders is working hard but so is the peloton. The gap is down to 1:30, as OPQS and BMC do some big turns on the front to try to set up a sprint win. 

     

  46. 13:54:10 CEST

    The breakaway has split under the push of the Astana riders but Voeckler is doing everything he can to bring things back together.

     

  47. 13:57:16 CEST

    Voeckler is at the front of the break now and driving hard. The break is down to just four riders now. 

     

  48. 14:01:07 CEST

    Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) is riding comfortably in the peloton, wearing the best young rider's white jersey.

     

  49. 14:01:56 CEST

    At the back of the bunch, Thor Hushovd (BMC) has been dropped. It will be difficult for him to get back on for the sprint. 

     

  50. 14:09:43 CEST

    The remains of the break have been swept by the peloton as Omega Pharma still lead the chase to set up Gianni Meersman for the sprint.

     

  51. 14:14:18 CEST

    Both Chavanel and Tony Martin have sat up after working hard for Meersman but he lacks teammates for the final chase of the break. 

     

  52. 11km remaining from 143km

    14:19:11 CEST

    Voeckler has eased off the front. Is he preparing a late attack? 

     

  53. 14:21:00 CEST

    It seems almost impossible for the four to be caught now. 

     

  54. 14:22:51 CEST

    Chute!

  55. 14:24:21 CEST

    Riders touched wheels with a Blanco rider going down hard and sliding off the road.

     

  56. 14:25:15 CEST

    Geraint Thomas is leading the peloton, keeping Froome out of trouble. 

     

  57. 14:26:41 CEST

    The four breakaways are still working smoothly but the games, attacks and final tactics will surely begin soon. 

     

  58. 14:27:08 CEST

    Astana has a numerical advantage but can they outwit Voeckler and Lopez?

     

  59. 2km remaining from 143km

    14:28:50 CEST

    The speed has dropped. Get ready for the first attack.

     

  60. 14:29:11 CEST

    Voeckler is on the front, switching across the road.

     

  61. 14:29:25 CEST

    It seems both Astana riders want to win.

     

  62. 1km remaining from 143km

    14:29:47 CEST

    Last km. 

     

  63. 14:30:29 CEST

    The four are all across the road. It's going to be a four-rider sprint. 

     

  64. 14:30:43 CEST

    Sprint.

     

  65. 14:31:16 CEST

    Voeckler leads it out and manages to distance is rivals and win.

     

  66. 14:31:47 CEST

    Lopez finished second, with the Astana riders taking third and fourth.

     

  67. 14:33:24 CEST

    Kevin Seeldrayers (Astana) is third in the official results, with Silin fourth. 

     

  68. 14:34:05 CEST

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) won the bunch sprint, 46 seconds behind Voeckler

     

  69. 14:36:31 CEST

    Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was sixth, with Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) was seventh.  

     

  70. 14:37:45 CEST

    It is Thomas Voeckler's first win of 2013 and confirms he's looking good for the Tour de France.

     

  71. 14:40:21 CEST

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished safely in the peloton and so kept his race leader's yellow jersey. 

    He now faces two tough mountain stages before he can celebrate overall success.

     

  72. 14:42:46 CEST

    Thanks for following our live coverage of today's stage. 

    We'll have a full report, photo galleries, interviews and new from the race very soon.

    Join us tomorrow for live coverage of the 187.5km seventh stage from Le Pont-de-Claix to  Superdévoluy.