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Spilak under the spotlight, Froome under pressure
excerpts from LeTour.com
Twenty-four hours after Yuriy Trofimov in Gap, another Katusha rider claimed a valuable solo victory at the Dauphiné as Simon Spilak was the only man to survive a long-lasting breakaway that kept Chris Froome under pressure. In the last thirty kilometers, Alberto Contador put the yellow jersey wearer in difficulty and the fight for the white jersey brought Wilco Kelderman closer on GC at only twelve seconds in the same time as Contador. What a spectacle!
De Marchi on the move in col de Manse
On the start line in Sisteron, many riders were motivated for breaking away. King of the Mountains Kevin Reza (Europcar) and runner up Thomas Damuseau (Giant-Shimano) had put the climbs of the day on their wish list but nervousness led to a big crash at km 14 and the abandons of Jérôme Pineau (IAM) and Hayden Rouslton (Trek). Nine riders finally manage to break away after an hour of highly competitive racing as they approached the col de Manse: Dimitri Gruzdev (Astana), Daryl Impey (Orica), Blel Kadri (AG2R), Stig Broeckx (Lotto), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Simon Spilak (Katusha), Michal Golas (OPQS) and Dries Devenyns (Giant). Europcar chased hard but De Marchi made a step towards the quest of the polka dot jersey as he passed the first categorized climb of the day ahead.
De Clercq virtually in the yellow jersey
In the downhill of col de Manse, a group of seventeen leaders was formed once veteran Jens Voigt bridged the gap by himself at km 87. They were: Christophe Le Mével (Cofidis), Daryl Impey (Orica), Mikaël Chérel and Blel Kadri (AG2R), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Bart De Clercq (Lotto), Stephan Denifl (IAM), Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale), Jens Voigt (Trek), Darwin Atapuma (BMC), Egor Silin and Simon Spilak (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (OPQS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Dries Devenyns (Giant) and Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp). De Clercq was the highest ranked of the group, only 2.47 down, and Colombian climber Atapuma wasn’t far either, therefore Team Sky didn’t allow the gap to increase above 3.31.
A Contador one-man show in between two hills
De Marchi took a maximum of points at the top of five of the six climbs of the day and the front group split up in the downhill of the second last hill with a solo attack by Chérel while Alberto Contador used the same terrain to deliver a one-man show as he said goodbye to Chris Froome for a while and made a difference of one minute to his rival. But the race leader asked his right hand man Richie Porte to lead the charge uphill in the côte de Laffrey where Team Sky put an end to the Spaniard’s dream to reverse the situation in the overall ranking of the Critérium du Dauphiné the same way he did it in stage 16 of the 2012 Vuelta a Espana to dethrone Joaquim Rodriguez from the top position.
Spilak soloes to victory
With 21km to go, Spilak’s offensive by himself in the côte de Laffrey after catching Chérel who had taken the command on his in the downhill was overshadowed by Contador’s attack. But it was a short-lived initiative by the multiple winner of Grand Tours as Richie Porte cancelled his advantage when he seized the reins of the meager peloton. Spilak maintained his lead between one minute and 45 seconds in a convincing ride towards La Mûre. Alike Contador, his former breakaway companions got reeled in but it wasn’t the end of Froome’s worries. Another rival on GC rode away with four kilometers as best young rider Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) followed an attack launched by Adam Yates who threatened his white jersey. They took the first and second places on the finishing behind Spilak, and the time bonus that goes with it, which allowed the Dutchman to come closer to Froome on GC at 12 seconds in an equal time as Contador.
Stage 5 Results
SLO 1 SPILAK, Simon (KATUSHA) 4:51:24 NED 2 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) + 14 GBR 3 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) RSA 4 IMPEY, Daryl (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 17 FRA 5 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) ESP 6 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) EST 7 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) ITA 8 CARUSO, Damiano (CANNONDALE) FRA 9 VICHOT, Arthur (FDJ.fr) CZE 10 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP – ENDURA) USA 11 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) BEL 12 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) USA 13 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) GBR 14 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) DEN 15 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA) ESP 16 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) CRO 17 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) ITA 18 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA) SUI 19 REICHENBACH, Sébastien (IAM CYCLING) FRA 20 GADRET, John (MOVISTAR) ESP 21 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) COL 22 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC RACING) ESP 23 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (TREK FACTORY RACING) FRA 24 CHEREL, Mikael (AG2R LA MONDIALE) POL 25 HUZARSKI, Bartosz (NETAPP – ENDURA) BEL 26 DE CLERCQ, Bart (LOTTO BELISOL) RUS 27 SILIN, Egor (KATUSHA) ESP 28 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 29 AUS 29 PORTE, Richie (SKY) FRA 30 MOINARD, Amaël (BMC RACING) BEL 31 BAKELANTS, Jan (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) ITA 32 DE MARCHI, Alessandro (CANNONDALE) + 1:22 AUT 33 DENIFL, Stefan (IAM CYCLING) + 1:34 POL 34 GOLAS, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) + 4:25 CZE 35 STYBAR, Zdenek (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) BEL 36 DE WEERT, Kevin (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) POL 37 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) ESP 38 VERONA QUINTANILLA, Carlos (OMEGA PHARMA – QUICK-STEP) GER 39 ARNDT, Nikias (GIANT-SHIMANO) FRA 40 VOECKLER, Thomas (EUROPCAR)
General Classification after Stage 5
GBR 1 FROOME, Christopher (SKY) 19:01:00 ESP 2 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF-SAXO) + 12 NED 3 KELDERMAN, Wilco (BELKIN) USA 4 TALANSKY, Andrew (GARMIN SHARP) + 33 BEL 5 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen (LOTTO BELISOL) + 35 ITA 6 NIBALI, Vincenzo (ASTANA) + 50 ESP 7 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 1:22 DEN 8 FUGLSANG, Jakob (ASTANA) GBR 9 YATES, Adam (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 1:24 EST 10 KANGERT, Tanel (ASTANA) + 1:35 FRA 11 BARDET, Romain (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 1:40 SUI 12 REICHENBACH, Sébastien (IAM CYCLING) ESP 13 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel (COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS) + 1:43 CZE 14 KONIG, Leopold (NETAPP – ENDURA) + 1:44 USA 15 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay (BMC RACING) + 2:22 CRO 16 DURASEK, Kristijan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) + 2:32 ESP 17 NIEVE ITURALDE, Mikel (SKY) + 2:36 ESP 18 MORENO FERNANDEZ, Daniel (KATUSHA) + 2:42 BEL 19 DE CLERCQ, Bart (LOTTO BELISOL) + 2:47 COL 20 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC RACING) + 3:31
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