Martin continues time trial winning streak in Dauphiné

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) recovered from illness to dominate the flat and fast time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The German covered the 32.5 kilometres between Villars-les-Dombes and Parc des Oiseaux in 36:54 at an average speed over 52km/h.

Australia's Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) finished 47 seconds behind the world champion and so took the race leader's yellow jersey from David Veilleux (Team Europcar).

The Canadian finished 3:53 behind Martin and slipped to seventh overall. Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished third in the time trial and so climbed to second overall, just five seconds down on Dennis.

Froome rode an impressive time trial and looks on track to challenge for overall victory after his big rival Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) had a terrible day. The Spaniard finished 3:37 down on Martin, dropping to 34th overall and almost certainly out of contention. He blamed his poor performance on an allergy problem.

Martin had also been ill earlier in the French stage race but his time trial performance showed he is recovering well.

"It was not my best time trial but it wasn’t a bad one either," Martin said before climbing on the stage winner's podium.

"I’ve had stomach problems in the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve felt much better today but I was not at 100 percent of my capacities.”

Dennis looked resplendent in his bright yellow jersey. He celebrated his 23rd birthday just before heading to France. He was targeting the best young rider's white jersey but is now in yellow. The lanky rider from Adelaide rode for the Rabobank Continental Team in 2011 and showed his stage race potential by winning both the Australian Under 23 road race and time trial titles in 2012. He joined Garmin-Sharp this year and finished third in the recent time trial at the Amgen Tour of California.

Dennis leads Froome by just five seconds but faces an almighty task to hold off the British rider as the mountains begin. Thursday's stage is only 139km long but ends with the hors catégorie 12km climb to Valmorel.

"Today I wanted to get the white jersey and everything else from now is a bonus,” Dennis said.

"I'm very happy. My goal was to take the white jersey but to beat guys like Froome and Porte is a dream come true. To wear the yellow jersey in a WorldTour race… I’m stumped for words.”

"This is the best TT I’ve done up to date. I just tried to hold the power I thought I could hold average-wise but instead of dropping towards the end, I realized I had a bit more to give. It’s a great feeling to be in yellow now. I’ll just try to hold the jersey as long as I can.”

"My plan for the Dauphiné was to help Andrew Talansky but unfortunately he was sick on the first stage so he told me not to wait for him and to stay with the front bunch instead."

Alberto's bad day

Alberto Contador tried to shrug off his bad day against the clock, claiming that an allergy problem had affected his ride. However he never looked comfortable on his time trial bike, constantly moving around in the saddle, seemingly looking for some extra power.

The alarm bells will no doubt be ringing in the Saxo-Tinkoff team, especially as Contador was emphatically beaten by a host of riders, including Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar), Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (Team Sky).

Porte actually caught Contador in the final kilometres of the time trial and was one of four Team sky riders to finish in the top ten of the time trial. Tuesday's stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen was sixth, one place ahead of Porte, and Geraint Thomas was tenth. All three riders will no doubt back Froome's bid for overall success and be a key part of the Team Sky Tour de France squad.

Contador will likely look for a stage victory, lick his wounds and hope he can bounce back and find some form in time for the Tour de France.

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Full Results
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:36:54
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:47
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:52
4Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:08
5Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:13
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:01:19
7Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:01:20
8Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:36
9Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:01:38
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:42
11Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:46
12Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:58
13Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:02:01
14Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:02:17
15Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:20
16Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:25
17Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:02:27
18Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:28
19Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32
20Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:34
21Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:02:36
22Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:02:38
23Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-SharpRow 22 - Cell 2
24Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:02:39
25Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:02:43
26William Clarke (Aus) Team Argos-Shimano0:02:44
27Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard0:02:47
28Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ0:02:52
30Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:55
32Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:00
33Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha0:03:01
36Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha0:03:05
37Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:03:06
38Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:08
39Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:15
40Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:18
42Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:19
43Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) KatushaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:20
45Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:22
46Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:23
47Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:24
48Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:03:25
49Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:26
50José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:28
51Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:03:29
52Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:30
55Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:03:32
56Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura0:03:33
58Vegard Stake Laengen (Den) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 58 - Cell 2
60Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:34
61Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:37
62Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:38
63Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha0:03:40
64Robert Wagner (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:42
67Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:03:43
68Marc Goos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:03:44
69Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:03:45
70Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha0:03:48
71Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:03:49
72Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky ProcyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:50
74Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:51
75Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:03:53
77Federico Canuti (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
78Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:54
79Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:03:57
80Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:03:58
82Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:00
84Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:04:01
85Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:02
86José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:05
87Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ0:04:06
88Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:04:07
89Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:04:09
90Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:11
91Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:13
92Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:14
94Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 93 - Cell 2
95Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:15
96Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 95 - Cell 2
97Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:20
98Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:04:21
99Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:23
100Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:04:24
101Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:25
102Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:04:27
103Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 103 - Cell 2
105Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:31
106Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha0:04:32
107Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 106 - Cell 2
108Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 107 - Cell 2
109Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:33
110Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Jose Rodolfo Serpa PerezRow 110 - Cell 2
112David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling0:04:34
113Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack LeopardRow 112 - Cell 2
114Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:04:38
116Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:04:40
117Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 116 - Cell 2
118Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:42
119Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack Leopard0:04:44
120Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:04:45
121Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:04:50
122Sander Cordeel (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:04:51
123Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:52
124Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:53
125Bram Tankink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:55
126Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:58
127Peio Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 126 - Cell 2
128Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:05:00
129Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:08
130Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano0:05:11
131Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:05:12
132Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:05:13
133Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 132 - Cell 2
134Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:17
135Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 134 - Cell 2
136Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp0:05:24
138Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:30
139Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha0:05:31
140Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 139 - Cell 2
141Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:05:32
143Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:33
144Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:05:35
145Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ0:05:37
146Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:05:42
147Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar0:05:43
148Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida0:05:47
149Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:49
150Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 149 - Cell 2
151Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:05:50
153Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 152 - Cell 2
154Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:55
155Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar0:05:57
156Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:06:00
157Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:02
158Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:05
159Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:06:17
160Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:06:18
161Timothy Duggan (USA) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:06:23
162Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 161 - Cell 2
163Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:06:32
164Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura0:06:35
165Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:36
166Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:06:39
167David Tanner (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:06:45
168Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:51
169Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:07:01
170Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:07:10
171Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:07:26
172Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:08:05
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1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step15pts
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Young riders
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:37:41
2Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:26
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:01:49
4Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:01:51
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ0:02:05
6Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:08
7Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:13
8Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Katusha0:02:14
10Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:02:19
11Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:28
12Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Orica-GreenEdge0:02:31
13Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:02:38
14David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura0:02:46
15Vegard Stake Laengen (Den) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 14 - Cell 2
16Marc Goos (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:02:57
17Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:04
18Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling0:03:14
19Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:03:15
20Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:03:20
21Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:03:28
22Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ0:03:34
23Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:03:38
24Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:44
25Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:45
26Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:03:47
27Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:03:53
28Peio Bilbao (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:04:11
29Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:24
30Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:04:30
31Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:44
32Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:48
33Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar0:04:56
34Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team0:05:02
35Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:05:03
36Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:08
38Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar0:05:10
39Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:05:15
40Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:05:30
41Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:05:31
42Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:05:45
43Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:05:49
44Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:52
45Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:06:23
46Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:06:39
47Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:07:18
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1Sky Procycling1:54:13
2Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:10
4Movistar Team0:03:26
5Team NetApp-Endura0:03:27
6Astana Pro Team0:03:53
7BMC Racing Team0:03:54
8RadioShack Leopard0:04:31
9Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:41
11Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:05:36
13Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:05:56
16Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:20
17Lotto Belisol0:07:15
18Team Argos-Shimano0:07:30
19Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:07:35
20Team Europcar0:07:59
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General classification after stage 4
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp12:40:00
2Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:05
3Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:26
4Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:32
5Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:33
6Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:55
7David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar0:01:09
8Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:11
9Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:14
10Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:26
11Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:01:30
12Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:33
13Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha0:01:40
14Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:41
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:45
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:01:49