Critérium du Dauphiné: Bakelants wins stage 6

Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) claimed stage 6 of the Criterium du Dauhpine in a two-man sprint ahead of Lieuwe Westra. The pair broke clear from a large break in the closing kilometres of the race, dropping Pim Ligthart (Lotto) before the finish.

Although Westra tried to attack several times he was unable to drop Bakelants. The Astana rider led the sprint out with 300 meters to go but Bakelants had enough in reserve and despite a tight angle was able to come through and take the win. Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma- QuickStep) took third, leading home the remnants of the break.

Chris Froome (Team Sky) would have hoped for a relatively calm day as leader as the race into the final weekend but the Tour de France champion was involved in a crash in the closing 10 kilometres. Although he was quickly back on his feet he looked to be nursing several cuts. Despite the fall Froome remains at the head of the overall standings, still twelve seconds clear of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Belkin).

The stage was marked by a sixteen-man group breaking free from the peloton after roughly an hour of racing. With breaks having succeeded in the last two days optimism within the move was certainly high as Simon (Cofidis), Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge), Erviti (Movistar), Westra (Astana), Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo), Péraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Ligthart (Lotto Belisol), Saramtins (IAM Cycling), Bodnar (Cannondale), Voigt (Trek Factory Racing), Bakelants, Stybar (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Damuseau (Giant-Shimano), Conti (Lampre-Merida), Tankink (Belkin) and Benedetti (NetApp-Endura) established an early lead.

With only fourth category climbs on the stage the break’s chances looked decent, with Sky only concerned with keeping Froome out of trouble with two serious mountain stages set for the weekend. Both Astana and Tinkoff had posted men in the break but Europcar, FDJ, Katusha, Garmin, and the race leader’s team had missed the move.

The break quickly established a buffer of four minutes but with Bakelants at less than seven minutes off the race lead Sky made sure that the break didn’t pose a GC threat. The British team did allow the move to creep out to nearly six minutes but with help from FDJ and very briefly Katusha, they began to chip away at the leaders’ advantage.

Westra and Bakelants attack

Inside the closing 25 kilometres and with the break at 4’11, Ligthart made his move, slipping clear on the penultimate fourth category climb. He was immediately joined by an impressive looking Westra, who was looking to improve Astana's poor win rate this season. The pair worked well but there was still life in the main break and Jens Voigt was the first to try and close the gap. The German only managed to drag the rest of the move closer to the leading pair, creating a perfect launch for Bakelants to first catch a tiring Ligthart and then link up with Westra.

The trio immediately sensed the opportunity and pressed on towards the final climb. By now there was no chance of the peloton catching the break and attention turned to teams keeping their GC riders out of trouble on the twisting and undulating roads before the finish.

Despite the care, the race leader crashed. When cameras caught sight of him he was already on his feet and trying to resolve the mechanical caused by his fall. A bike was quickly dispatched from the roof of the team car, as Geraint Thomas sat up and waited for his leader.

The pace eased up too with the bunch showing respect for the maillot jaune and waiting as up ahead Westra and Bakelants pressed on.

With Stybar blocking for his teammate the gap to the leading pair held at roughly 20 seconds. Ligthart was reeled in on the last ramp before the finish and despite a number of volleys from Westra, Bakelants held firm.

It was the Omega Pharma rider who led through the flamme rouge but Westra was the first to kick, bolting for the line with around 250 metres to go. The technical turns didn’t serve his acceleration well and Bakelants was able to remain in contact. Westra tried to chaperone Bakelants towards the barriers as the road opened up at the finish but the Astana man was generous to leave a gap, enough for Bakelants to surge through and take the stage. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team4:07:20
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team0:00:24
4Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto-BelisolRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdgeRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 9 - Cell 2
11Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 11 - Cell 2
13Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Imanol Erviti (Spa) MovistarRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 14 - Cell 2
16Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling0:01:14
17Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky0:03:55
18Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Christopher Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ralf Matzka (Ger) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 22 - Cell 2
24Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 23 - Cell 2
25Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdgeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Marco Marcato (Ita) CannondaleRow 34 - Cell 2
36Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 36 - Cell 2
38Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 40 - Cell 2
42Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 41 - Cell 2
43Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Fdj.frRow 47 - Cell 2
49Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Mickaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53John Gadret (Fra) MovistarRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 53 - Cell 2
55Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:04:03
56Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling0:04:32
57Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Kevin Reza (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 57 - Cell 2
59Arnaud Demare (Fra) Fdj.frRow 58 - Cell 2
60Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 59 - Cell 2
61Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge0:04:55
62Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 61 - Cell 2
63José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) MovistarRow 62 - Cell 2
64Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) MovistarRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Alexey Tsatevitch (Rus) Team KatushaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Egor Silin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fdj.fr0:05:05
72Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol0:05:24
81Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:05:37
86Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 85 - Cell 2
87Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team0:05:51
88Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 87 - Cell 2
89Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 89 - Cell 2
91Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 92 - Cell 2
94Bruno Pires (Por) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Arthur Vichot (Fra) Fdj.frRow 94 - Cell 2
96Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.Row 95 - Cell 2
97Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-SharpRow 98 - Cell 2
100Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:06:15
101Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenEdge0:06:54
102Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Giovanni Visconti (Ita) MovistarRow 102 - Cell 2
104Damiano Caruso (Ita) CannondaleRow 103 - Cell 2
105Natnael Berhane Teweldemedhin (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 104 - Cell 2
106Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 105 - Cell 2
107Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 107 - Cell 2
109Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 108 - Cell 2
110Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kristjan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 110 - Cell 2
112Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 111 - Cell 2
113Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Romain Sicard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 113 - Cell 2
115Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) MovistarRow 115 - Cell 2
117Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 117 - Cell 2
119Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120David Millar (GBr) Garmin-SharpRow 119 - Cell 2
121Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 120 - Cell 2
122Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-SharpRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jean Marc Marino (Fra) CannondaleRow 122 - Cell 2
124Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 123 - Cell 2
125Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:07:20
126Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol0:07:26
127Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team0:08:28
128Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 129 - Cell 2
131Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:09:33
132Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:39
133Yohan Offredo (Fra) Fdj.fr0:10:48
134Mickael Delage (Fra) Fdj.frRow 133 - Cell 2
135Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 134 - Cell 2
136George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale0:12:01
137Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Tinkoff-SaxoRow 137 - Cell 2
139Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp-EnduraRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-SharpRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CannondaleRow 141 - Cell 2
143Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:35
144Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto-BelisolRow 143 - Cell 2
145Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky0:13:11
146Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto-Belisol0:15:16
147Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar0:15:29
148Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 148 - Cell 2
150Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team SkyRow 149 - Cell 2
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Points 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team5pts
2Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team15pts
2Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto-Belisol8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits.1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano3pts
2Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-Merida1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team