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Criterium du Dauphine 2019: Stage 5

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Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine.

 

Bonjour and welcome to our full live coverage of stage 5 of the Criterium du Dauphine. 

The race has been hit by the news of Chris Froome's high-speed crash during his recon of the TT but the racing goes on, with Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) now in the leader's jersey.

The riders have been signing on in Boën-sur-Lignon under sunny skies and will soon roll out. 

On Thursday morning a Team Ineos spokesperson confirmed to Cyclingnews that Froome was still in intensive care. 

This was the scene at the Team Ineos bus at the start. 

Dave Brailsford gave an update on Froome's conditions this morning at the start. We'll have the full story on Cyclingnews very soon. 

The riders have lined-up and rolled out of Boën-sur-Lignon.

Adam Yates wears the yellow Dauphine leader's jersey for the first time in his career.

141 riders started today's stage 5. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) was the only DNS due to illness.

After some wet and cold early stages, the French summer and blue skies have arrived. This is the view from the race director's car thanks to the voice of race radio Seb Piquet.

The riders were happy to be racing in the sun.

As the CN blimp takes height, we can see the first breakaway attempt.

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The peloton has let the trio go clear. We have the early break of the day. 

Giro d'Italia stage winner Cesare Benedetti is doing  the early work for Bora on the front.  

While we are following the racing in France, we're also covering Chris Froome's bad crash. The Team Inoes leader is still in intensive care in Saint-Étienne after undergoing overnight surgery on his serious fractures to his right femur, right elbow and ribs. 

Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford revealed just how serious Froome's injuries are when he spoke outside the team bus.

Wout Poels was riding with Froome when he crashed and explain what happened.

Going back to the racing, we can see the three attackers make through a rail level crossing just before the barriers come down.  

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Fortunately not, the crossing opens as the peloton approaches and the riders make it across without stopping.

Froome's rivals and friends in the peloton where shocked to hear about his crash. 

Richie Porte and Chris Froome have been teammates and rivals but when news filtered through that Froome had crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine, the Trek-Segafredo rider spoke for everyone in the peloton when he wished the Team Ineos leader a speedy recovery.

To hear the emotion and sadness in the voices of Brailsford, Poels, Dumoulin and Porte on Froome's crash, listen to our special podcast with Editor-in-chief Daniel Benson and former rider Philippa York, who are out in France for Cyclingnews.

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The peloton is being led by Mitchelton-Scott, with Bora also helping with the pace setting.

We have the latest update on Chris Froome's condition from Ineos team manager Dave Brailsford. 

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The gap falls a little further, to 1:45, as the escapees begin the Cote de Givors. After two hours of racing, the average speed is 39.6kph.

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Philippa York has weighed up the impact Chris Froome's absence will have on Team Ineos in July and on the Tour de France as a whole. "In May it was Egan Bernal and the Giro d’Italia, and now with the Tour de France on the horizon, Team Ineos find themselves in the same recurring bad dream, with Chris Froome out injured and the team’s Tour de France plans up in smoke. The quest to join the five-time winners is over – for now at least – and Dave Brailsford and his team have a number of difficult decisions to make." Read the full story here.

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Escapee Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis) is hoping to ride his way into contention for a Tour de France debut at the age of 32. The Frenchman missed much of the spring after fracturing his hip in a training crash before Paris-Nice but he returned to action at the Tour de Yorkshire in May. 

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Bennett spoke about the expected sprint at the start. He has done his homework. 

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Cavanga is there for the Belgian team, with Impey chasing for race leader Adam Yates, while Benedetti is working for Bora and Sam Bennett. 

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This screen grab shows the terrain of the stage and the Alps looming.

Details surrounding Chris Froome's crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné are still being pieced together but for Dan Martin was just behind the incident and the effects have left an indelible mark on the Irishman. 

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French team Arkea is riding for Greipel in the hope the German veteran can finally win. 

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Team Ineos is leading the chase but where are the sprinter teams?  

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Now Bora take over. But is it too late?  

Sunweb and Bahrain are also up front now, so are the GC contender teams. 

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Gilbert makes a solo attack and catches De Marchi. 

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Archibold leads Bennett as they chase the two. 

Wout van Aert wins again!!

The late attacks were caught and Van Aert emerged and kicked at the right time in the curving finish.

Bennett tried to come up late after being too far back and finished second. 

It was an impressive show of speed and sprinting skills by the former cyclo-cross world champion.

This is the top ten stage result:

The GC remains unchanged, with Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retaining the leader's yellow jersey.

Van Aert won the sprint in the green points jersey, highlighting his consistency in this year's Dauphine.

There's rarely a quiet day in professional cycling and with consummate timing, the UCI have announced that the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal found Juan Jose Cobo guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (Use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider.

Being awarded a seventh Grand Tour victory will be little consolation for Chris Froome who is currently in intensive care after a devastating crash during the warm-up for the time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Click here to read our story on the Cobo case.

Here the moment when Cobo celebrated in Madrid in 2011. Almost nine years later he has been accused of a Bio Passport violation.  

Back to today's racing, here's a shot of Van Aert winning the sprint.

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was happy to talk about his sprint and his back to back stage wins.

Asked what kinds of rider, he is, Van Aert said:

To read more about Van Aert's sprint win and see our photo gallery and results, click here.

It's been another hectic day of racing alongside the Dauphine.

Thanks for joining us for full live coverage from the Dauphine. 

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