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Critérium du Dauphiné 2013: Stage 6


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

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

 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.

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

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.

13km remaining from 143km

130km remaining from 143km

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

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

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

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

113km remaining from 143km

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. 

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.


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

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. 

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.

89km remaining from 143km

86km remaining from 143km

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

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

73km remaining from 143km

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

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

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. 

Voeckler has joined Flecha at the front of the race. 

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. 

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

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

60km remaining from 143km

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

50km remaining from 143km

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

38km remaining from 143km

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. 

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

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

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

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. 

25km remaining from 143km

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.

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

11km remaining from 143km

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


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

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

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

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

2km remaining from 143km

Voeckler is on the front, switching across the road.

It seems both Astana riders want to win.

1km remaining from 143km

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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