Criterium du Dauphine: Stage 6 highlights - Video

Jaob Fuglsang (Astana) was happy to finally win a WorldTour race

Jaob Fuglsang (Astana) was happy to finally win a WorldTour race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/

The first mountain stage of the 2017 Critérium du Dauphiné did not disappoint, with action on the hors-categorie Mont du Chat climb delivering a shakeup to the GC leaderboard and bringing the overall battle into clearer focus.

A high pace on the fearsome final climb reeled in the early break and also blew the peloton apart, and several GC hopefuls found themselves going backward as the summit approached. An attack by Astana's Fabio Aru whittled down the lead group even further, with only his Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang, Sky's Chris Froome and BMC's Richie Porte in shouting distance going over the top of the climb.

The quartet regrouped on the tricky descent to the finish, and came to the line together despite the best efforts of Froome, who pulled clear for a spell on the steep downhill gradient but was brought to heel before the flamme rouge. Fuglsang proved fastest to the line in the ensuing sprint, though only just, with Porte a tire-length behind for second. Froome finished third, with Aru in fourth.

With overnight leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) dropped early on the final climb, Porte found himself in the yellow jersey after the stage. Porte now leads Froome by 39 seconds, with Fuglsang in third overall at 1:15.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1