1. Arthur Vichot (Fra/FDJ)
2. Egoi Martinez (EUS)
3. Dimitri Fofonov (AST)
4. Rémi Di Gregorio (COF)
5. José Sarmiento (LIQ)
Egoi Martinez (EUS) comes second.
Arthur Vichot (FDJ) gets his first win of the year and his first victory at the Dauphiné in Rumilly. He salutes the crowd.
Vichot looks very good. His lead goes up. It’s 25 seconds with 1km to go.
Vichot has 20 seconds over his former companions, 52 seconds over the peloton.
Vichot is still away with 3km to go, looking for his first victory this year.
Vichot has 12 seconds lead. The peloton is 50 seconds behind.
Vichot has 5km yet to cover on his own to win stage 5 in Rumilly.
Arthur Vichot (FDJ) goes clear and passes Navarro.
Daniel Navarro (SAX) goes solo at the front.
Blel Kadri has been brought back, so he now leads the peloton with Tiago Machado. They’re 50 seconds down with 8km to go.
Blel Kadri remains 32 seconds behind the 8-man leading group.
Tiago Machado (RNT) has taken the lead of the peloton with the aim of bridging the gap to the front group in order to Tony Gallopin to score some more points for the green jersey - if not the stage win. With 11km to go, the bunch is one minute behind the breakaway.
Blel Kadri (ALM) attacks from the chasing group. With 15km to go, he’s 32 seconds behind the 8-man front group while his previous companions get caught by the yellow jersey group.
With 25km to go, the yellow jersey group is 55 seconds behind the front group. Médérel is no longer alone ahead.
Moinard (BMC), Kern (EUC), Kadri (ALM), Machado (RNT), Maté (COF) and LL Sanchez (RAB) have caught Kashechkin, Chérel and Paterski. They’re 30 seconds behind the lead group and 20 seconds ahead of the main peloton.
Di Gregorio attacks at the front while Jeandesbosz has a flat tyre.
The peloton has come less than 30 seconds behind Médérel but the riders suddenly slowed down. Europcar is trying to get the chase organised again.
The three chasers in between the front group (minest Médérel alone in the lead) and the peloton are: Andreï Kashechkin (AST), Mikaël Chérel (ALM) and Macej Paterski (LIQ), at 27 seconds. Peloton at 45 seconds.
Maxime Médérel (SAU) goes clear off the front group.
In the downhill of col de Richemond, the chasers are closing the gaps: first group at 32 seconds, peloton at 42 seconds.
Shall he finish the stage in the time cut, José Sarmiento (LIQ) will take the polka dot jersey in Rumilly. He virtually leads the KOM competition with 47 points ahead of Blel Kadri with 46, Nicolas Edet and Giovanni Bernaudeau with 38.
Result of KOM at cat. 3 col de Richemond:
1. José Sarmiento, 4 points
2. Losada, 3
3. Martinez, 2
4. Jeandesbosz, 1
At the col de Richemond, the gap between the nine riders away and the Evans-Wiggins group is only 1.15.
Instead of waiting for his peloton to bridge the gap to Cadel Evans’ group, Bradley Wiggins makes it across by himself!
Richie Porte is riding very strongly at the head of the main bunch, from which Le Mével (GRM), Hincapie (BMC) and Charteau (EUC) are dropped. The group of Evans is about ot get caught.
Andy Schleck has come across the main bunch yet.
George Hincapie and Brice Feillu are no longer with Cadel Evans and Vincenzo Nibali. They have been brought back by the bunch.
The BMC team is very determined to keep the speed of Cadel Evans’ group pretty high. They are 25 seconds ahead of the peloton led by Team Sky. Richie Porte is now the man at the command of the bunch but Edvald Boasson Hagen has lost contact after having worked very hard.
With 50km to go, Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY) leads the main peloton three minutes behind the nine breakaway riders.
The nine leaders have 2.35 over the Evans-Nibali group and 3.5 over the yellow jersey group.
In the downhill of Grand Colombier, the BMC team has put the hammer down. It has created a group of ten riders that has caught Kern and Feillu: Evans, Hincapie and Van Garderen (BMC), Kashechkin (AST), Malacarne (EUC), Bouet and Chérel (ALM), Nibali, Nerz and Paterski (LIQ).
Andy Schleck (RNT) might still be mentally affected by his crash yesterday. He loses contact from the bunch in the downhill.
So far, Sarmiento has accumulated 43 points for the KOM competition, he’s three down on Kadri who has 46. Shall the Colombian passed in first or second place at the col de Richemond, he’ll take over from Giovanni Bernaudeau.
Matthieu Sprick (ARG) pulls out of the Dauphiné.
KOM result at HC Grand Colombier, km 118:
1. José Sarmiento, 22 points
2. Jeandesbosz, 18
3. Losada, 16
4. Martinez, 14
5. Di Gregorio, 12
6. Vichot, 10
7. Navarro, 8
8. Fofonov, 7
9. Médérel, 6
At 55 seconds:
10. Reza, 5
At 3.05, Kern and Feillu
At 3.55, the peloton
José Sarmiento goes clear to collect the 22 points up for grabs at the top of the Grand Colombier.
The lead group of nine riders is in the last kilometre of the Grand Colombier.
The chasing group of Moncoutié, Pauriol, Marzano and Geniez is brough back by the peloton still led by Team Sky.
The breakaway riders have covered 24.4km in the third hour of racing. The average speed after three hours are 38.2km/h.
Juan José Cobo (MOV) has quit the race.
5km before the top of the Grand Colombier, the nine leaders are 22 seconds ahead of Reza, 3.40 ahead of Kern and Feillu, 3.55 ahead of the Moncoutié group, 4.25 ahead of the peloton.
Kern and Feillu ride away from the chasing group.
Sylvain Chavanel, 4th on GC, is in difficulty at the back of the bunch. About 50 riders are left in the main bunch led by Team Sky.
The chasing group strongly led by Kern is 3.35 behind the front group now located 6km before the top of the Grand Colombier.
Kevin Reza (EUC) who initiated the breakaway has been dropped from the front group.
Two riders from Team Sky are getting dropped off the bunch: Knees and Pate. So is David Millar (GRM).
Christophe Kern (EUC) has made it accross the chasing group located 4.35 behind the ten leaders.
Christophe Kern (EUC) attacks from the bunch. Team Sky doesn’t react.
Situation in the Grand Colombier at km 107: the ten escapees are 4.35 ahead of the six chasers and 5.10 of the bunch.
In the front group, Sarmiento and Jeandesbosz have gone away but they’re now reined in.
Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is getting dropped from the bunch, as well as Bert Grabsch (OPQ) and Alexandre Vinokourov (AST).
Situation at km 105: Dimitri Fofonov (AST), Alberto Losada (KAT), Kevin Reza (EUC), José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémi Di Gregorio (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Daniel Navarro (SAX) Maxime Médérel and Fabrice Jeandesbosz (SAU) have 4.55 lead over
Maxime Bouet (ALM), Rémi Pauriol (FDJ), Brice Feillu (SAU), Alexandre Geniez (ARG), David Moncoutié (COF) and Mario Marzano (LAM). Peloton led by Team Sky, and mostly Edvald Boasson Hagen, at 5.30.
Among the riders dropped off the main bunch: king of the mountains Bernaudeau (EUC), Cobo (MOV), Doi (ARG) and Taarämae (COF).
David Moncoutié (COF) has rejoined the chasing group now formed of seven riders with Bouet and Chérel (ALM), Pauriol (FDJ), Feillu (SAU), Geniez (ARG) and Marzano (LAM).
At km 102, Dimitri Fofonov (AST), Alberto Losada (KAT), Kevin Reza (EUC), José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémi Di Gregorio (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Daniel Navarro (SAX) Maxime Médérel and Fabrice Jeandesbosz (SAU) have an advantage of 5.30 over Bouet and Chérel (ALM), 5.40 over Pauriol (FDJ), Feillu (SAU), Geniez (ARG) and Marzano (LAM).
Bouet and Chérel have been encouraged by their team-mate Romain Bardet. The rookie from Ag2r-La Mondiale who came fifth at the Presidential Tour of Turkey hasn’t been able to start the Dauphiné, as planned, due to an injury under one foot.
At the back of the pack, one of the first riders dropped is again the winner of the Vuelta Juan José Cobo.
Maxime Bouet and Mikaël Chérel (Ag2r-La Mondiale) attack from the bunch.
The peloton led by Team Sky is at the bottom of the Grand Colombier.
The ten breakaway riders have started climbing the Grand Colombier.
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) has pulled out of the race. He crashed yesterday during the individual time trial.
Dimitri Fofonov (AST), Alberto Losada (KAT), Kevin Reza (EUC), José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémi Di Gregorio (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Daniel Navarro (SAX) Maxime Médérel and Fabrice Jeandesbosz (SAU) have an advantage of six minutes at km 94, five kilometres before the bottom of the Grand Colombier.
The Grand Colombier isn’t only fascinating because it’s hard to climb. The view from 2km before its top also makes it a legend: you can see the Mont Blanc (if the horizon is clear, which might not be the case today...), the lake of Bourget and the Rhône river.
Maxime Bouet from Ag2r-La Mondiale knows the Grand Colombier at perfection. He grew up in the nearby valley. His father Gérard rides his bike to the top once a week to pay tribute to his widow. Maxime’s mum Brigitte died from cancer in February 2010. Her ashes have been spread 200 metres away from the top of the Grand Colombier. “Every single day, I think of her”, said the Ag2r-La Mondiale rider in the newspaper Le Dauphiné today.
The breakaway riders have covered 41.9km in the second hour. It makes an average speed of 45.1km/h after two hours of racing.
A club of fun riders who called themselves “les Fêlés (the crazy men of the) du Grand Colombier” has been created in 1992. It includes a few hundreds of cyclists from all over Europe who have climbed the Grand Colombier two, three or four times the same day.
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Team Sky sets the pace at the head of the bunch. The latest time gap is 5.05 at km 84.
The Grand Colombier is 17.4km long with an average gradient of 7.1%. It culminates at 1501m. It’s not very high but the difference in altitude, starting from Culoz, is 1245 metres, which is more than the 1127 metres from Le Bourg d’Oisans et l’Alpe d’Huez. The Grand Colombier is also made very hard by sections at 12% a maximum gradient at 16% at the exit of two climbs. The very end of the climb isn’t that hard though.
At km 77, the gap between the ten escapees and the bunch is five minutes.
The hero of the day is the Grand Colombier. It’ll be climbed for the first time at the Tour de France but it’s been done in the Critérium du Dauphiné before. It happened in 1988 on the steepest versant of the climb via Artemare and Virieu-le-Petit. Charly Mottet made history by bridging the gap to Colombian climber Lucho Herrera by himself and riding wonderfully in the downhill. Mottet won in Annecy with 45 seconds over the peloton. The Grand Colombier is often used by the Tour de l’Ain. Last year’s winner at the top was Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). In the past, the Grand Colombier was a crucial climb of the Tour de l’Avenir. In the 70s, 100 riders walked up because they didn’t have the proper gear!
The time gap has gone up to 4.15.
The ten riders at the front have an advantage of 3.25 at km 73.
Two riders have bridged the gap to the eight attackers. It makes a group of ten with an advantage of 1.20 at km 70: Dimitri Fofonov (AST), Alberto Losada (KAT), Kevin Reza (EUC), José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémi Di Gregorio (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Daniel Navarro (SAX) Maxime Médérel and Fabrice Jeandesbosz (SAU).
The eight breakaway riders are: Dimitri Fofonov (AST), Kevin Reza (EUC), José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémi Di Gregorio (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Daniel Navarro (SAX) and Fabrice Jeandesbosz (SAU). They have 20 seconds lead at km 68.
Stijn Devolder (VCD) has abandoned the Dauphiné.
Eight riders are in the lead, 16 seconds ahead of the peloton.
The first 152 kilometres of today’s stage are also part of the course of stage 10 in the coming Tour de France on July 11.
After the côte de Corlier, the peloton is back together again at km 58.5.
Result of the KOM at the côte de Corlier, cat. 2, km 57:
1. Blel Kadri, 10 points
2. Edet, 9
3. Moncoutié, 8
4. Pauriol, 7
5. B. Feillu, 6
6. Moinard, 5
Peloton at 6 seconds at the top of the climb.
A few riders are getting dropped in the côte de Corlier, including the winner of the Vuelta Juan José Cobo (MOV).
About twenty riders are in the lead now in the côte de Corlier.
More attacks are taking shape in the ascent of the côte de Corlier. Three riders in the lead: Silin (AST), Trofimov (KAT) and Levarlet (SAU) at km 51. Rolland (EUC) and Moncoutié (COF) are noted in pursuit.
12 riders in the lead at km 49 but Team Sky is active at the command of the bunch. The gap is only 6 seconds.
The rainy conditions and the numerous attacks have made the first hour very fast: 48.3 kilometres have been covered.
The peloton has been reunited at km 43.
Behind the leading duo formed of Losada and Duque, Carlos Barredo (RAB), Gert Dockx (LTB) and Leigh Howard (OGE) have attacked from the bunch.
The gap between Losada and Duque and the peloton is only 14 seconds.
Questioned by letour.fr prior to the start, Cofidis directeur sportif Stéphane Augé said: “For sure, David Moncoutié likes to climb the Grand Colombier. But we know that the start is going to be very fast on the wet road. It’s going to be hard to catch the breakaway. We hope that a Cofidis rider will be in it. Ideally, it would be Moncoutié. Today, the breakaway has a chance to make it to the finish and everyone knows it, therefore, the fight might be constant until the côte de Corlier. But in the Grand Colombier, I believe that the favourites will ride at a steady pace. They won’t attack each others.”
Leonardo Duque (COF) and Alberto Losada (KAT) have attacked at km 33.
Alexandre Vinokourov (AST) stops on the road side because of a flat tyre.
The peloton is all together again at km 26.
The peloton doesn’t give much space to the four-man breakaway.
A 4-man breakaway has been formed at km 16, with: Manuel Quinziato (BMC), Jurgen van de Walle (LTB), Edouard Vorganov (KAT) and David Tanner (SAX).
FDJ-BigMat’s directeur sportif Thierry Bricaud explained to letour.fr why Arnaud Gérard pulled out: "He had a stomach bug for three or four days. He was throwing up. He has tried to go as far as he could..."
David Millar (GRM) finished ninth yesterday in the time trial, 1.51 down on his compatriot Bradley Wiggins. “I was really happy with my race”, Millar told letour.fr before the race. “I felt good. I felt strong. I did a couple of mistakes in some curves at the beginning and I lost my water bottle as well. But I’m on the up! Bradley has been fantastic. He’s incredible. To beat Tony Martin is very impressive! Today, I expect a fast first hour of racing. Everyone will try to be in the breakaway. The outcome will depend on what sort of breakaway we get, whether there are many climbers or not in the breakaway. On the other hand, we can expect the strongest climbing group tomorrow, but not today. Hopefully the speed won’t be too high. The Dauphiné is pretty much finished. I don’t see anyone beating Wiggins. Cadel will try to reassure himself with a stage win but he’s going for the Tour de France, not for the Dauphiné.”
Arnaud Gérard (FDJ) has quit the Dauphiné.
After ten kilometres of racing, it’s raining again on the road but no breakaway has been formed yet despite many skirmishes going on.
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) retained the yellow jersey after winning yesterday’s time trial from Villié-Morgon to Bourg-en-Bresse. He’s got an advantage of 38 seconds over Tony Martin (OPQ) and 1.20 over his team-mate Michael Rogers.
Tony Gallopin (RNT) still wears the green jersey. He has accumulated 51 points so far. He told letour.fr yesterday: “Providing that I survive the Grand Colombier, I might be able to reach the finishing line in a small group at the front and score some more points.” Cadel Evans (BMC) is second with 44 points. Wiggins follows with 39.
Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC) leads the King of the Mountains classification with 38 points, ahead of Blel Kadri (ALM), 36, and Christophe Kern (EUC), 31.
Wilco Kelderman (RAB) is the new best young rider after his strong performance against the clock yesterday (4th). Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) is 1.18 down on him on GC and Gallopin at 1.39.
Côte de Corlier, cat. 2, km 57
- Le Grand Colombier, cat. HC, km 118.5
- Col de Richemond, cat. 3, km 141
After two kilometres, no attack has been recorded yet.
It’s not raining anymore at the beginning of stage 5 in Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans but the road is still wet.
The start proper has been given to 167 riders at 11.38.
Simon Geschke (ARG) is also a non-starter. He heavily crashed yesterday after racing, while riding back to his hotel. He broke thumb. There are two other non-starters from Garmin-Barracuda: Sébastien Rosseler and Sep Vanmarcke. 168 riders are left in the Critérium du Dauphiné.
Prologue winner Luke Durbridge (OGE) is a non-starter. He wanted to keep racing but the team doctor didn’t give him the go after detecting an Achyllis injury.
The start of stage 5 is given inside the compound of the Mavic factory that has been operating at Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans since 1968. The famous French producer of bicycle components has been in charge of the neutral technical assistance at bike races for the past fourty years. Today, they have extended their partnership with ASO until 2017. The new contract has been signed this morning by ASO’s general director Yann Le Moënner, who has visited the Mavic factory together with director of cycling Christian Prudhomme this morning.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 5 from Saint-Trivier-sur-Moignans to Rumilly, 186.5km. The course includes the Grand Colombier whose summit is at km 118.5. It’s a rehearsal for the Tour de France. We’ll talk a lot about the Grand Colombier today.