1. Nairo Quintana
2. Cadel Evans, at 0.16
3. Dani Moreno, at 0.24
4. Bradley Wiggins
5. Peter Weening, st
Cadel Evans, second, will take the green jersey.
Nairo Quintana (MOV) wins stage 6 in Morzine in a great solo effort.
Cadel Evans rides away from the group of Bradley Wiggins. He’s 22 seconds behind Quintana and 6 seconds ahead of Wiggins.
Nairo Quintana has 25 seconds lead at 5km to go.
Cadel Evans puts pressure! He leads the group and accelerates in the downhill.
Daniel Moreno (KAT) has made it across to the yellow jersey group.
Nairo Quintana stays away in the downhill with 16 seconds lead over the Sky-led group.
Result of KOM price at the col de Joux-Plane:
1. Nairo Quintana, 20 points
2. Cadel Evans, 18
3. Richie Porte, 16
4. Chris Froome, 14
5. Bradley Wiggins, 12
6. Michael Rogers, 10
7. Jurgen Vandenbroeck, 8
8. Peter Weening, 7
9. Vassil Kiriyenka, 6
10. Haimar Zubeldia, 5
Nairo Quintana passes alone at the top of Joux-Plane. Cadel Evans attacks at the top, 18 seconds behind the Colombian.
Richie Porte, Bradley Wiggins, Michael Rogers and Chris Froome (SKY), Cadel Evans (BMC), Jurgen Vandenbroeck (LTB), Haimar Zubeldia (RNT), Vassil Kiriyenka (MOV) and Peter Weening (OGE) are 15 seconds behind Nairo Quintana (MOV) one kilometre away from the top of col de Joux-Plane.
Brice Feillu gets caught by the yellow jersey group with less than 2km to go. Nairo Quintana insists at the front.
Tiago Machado (RNT) who was in the breakaway earlier is dropped off the yellow jersey group.
With three more kilometres of climbing to go, the yellow jersey group is 40 seconds behind Brice Feillu. Nairo Quintana remains in between.
Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) has been dropped by the yellow jersey group.
The four riders from Team Sky making the pace in the climb are: Richie Porte, Bradley Wiggins, Michael Rogers and Chris Froome. Only Cadel Evans and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), Jurgen Vandenbroeck (LTB), Tiago Machado and Haimar Zubeldia (RNT), Vassil Kiriyenka (MOV) and Peter Weening (OGE) have been able to follow them. It makes a group of 11 riders chasing Brice Feillu.
The 2010 Tour de l’Avenir winner Nairo Quintana (MOV) has attack from the yellow jersey group. He’s 1.20 behind Brice Feillu (SAU).
White jersey Wilco Kelderman (RAB) is off the back 6km from the top, so is Jérôme Coppel (SAU).
Alexandre Geniez (ARG) is a few metres ahead of the yellow jersey group led by Richie Porte at the service of Bradley Wiggins. Luis Leon Sanchez is getting dropped.
Tony Martin (OPQ) who is second on GC gets dropped by the yellow jersey group with 17.5km to go.
With 18km to go, including six more kilometres of climbing, all former breakaway riders have been caught by the group of Bradley Wiggins except Brice Feillu who is 1.35 ahead.
There are less than thirty riders left in the group of Bradley Wiggins, including four of his team-mates. They have caught almost every member of the breakaway, one by one. They 1.50 behind lone leader Brice Feillu.
Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) is definitely dropped by the main peloton.
José Sarmiento (LIQ) has accomplished his mission to secure the polka dot jersey. He’s brought back by the main bunch.
Brice Feillu has an advantage of 2.15 over the Sky-led peloton with 20km to go. They are climbing to the col de Joux-Plane.
Denis Menchov (KAT) loses contact from the main bunch, so do Alexandre Vinokourov (AST), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) and David Millar (GRM).
At the head of the peloton, three teams fight for the honor of leading the charge behind the breakaway riders: Sky, Lotto-Belisol and BMC. Jelle Vanendert (LTB) is very active at the front.
Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez (EUS) who crashed on stage 1 and suffered since, loses contact from the main bunch at the beginning of the climb to Joux-Plane. So does green jersey Tony Gallopin (RNT) who crashed earlier in the downhill of col de Leschaux.
With 25km to go, the peloton is 2.50 behind lone leader Brice Feillu. As they approach the bottom of col de Joux-Plane, the BMC team moves up to the front of the peloton.
As the speed of the peloton has obviously increased, Anthony Roux (FDJ) is getting reined in. The bunch is 3.45 behind lone leader Brice Feillu (SAU).
The Liquigas-Cannondale team is gathering behind Lotto-Belisol at the head of the peloton. The Italian squad seems motivated to chase and prepare something in the col de Joux-Plane for their captain Vincenzo Nibali.
In the valley from Taninges to Samoëns, the team Lotto-Belisol has taken over from Team Sky at the head of the peloton. The Belgian squad is riding very strongly.
With 32km to go, Brice Feillu (SAU) has 1.40 lead over his former breakaway companions.
Result of the KOM price at the côte de Châtillon, km 129:
1. Brice Feillu, 4 points
2. José Sarmiento, 3
3. David Moncoutié, 2
4. Jesus Hernandez, 1
Anthony Roux at 3.30, peloton at 4.25.
Brice Feillu has passed the côte de Châtillon alone, 1.15 ahead of Sarmiento who has taken the second position at the top. Therefore, he secured his leading position in the KOM competition, providing that he finishes the stage inside the time cut.
Brice Feillu has 35 seconds.
Anthony Roux (FDJ) has attacked from the peloton.
Brice Feillu (SAU) has 20 seconds lead over his 19 former breakaway companions with 40.5km to go, still in the côte de Châtillon.
The first attack since the breakaway was formed after 15 kilometres of racing is made by Brice Feillu (SAU) in the côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses.
The twenty riders in the lead are: Andriy Grivko (AST), Petr Ignatenko, Alberto Losada and Yuriy Trofimov (KAT), Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland (EUC), Blel Kadri and Christophe Riblon (ALM), Tiago Machado (RNT), Maciej Paterski and José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémy Di Gregorio and David Moncoutié (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Mario Marzano (LAM), Jesus Hernandez (SAX), Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ), Brice Feillu (SAU), Alexandre Geniez (ARG), Matteo Carrara (VCD).
At the bottom of the côte de Chatillon-sur-Cluses, the Sky-led peloton is 3.30 behind the twenty breakaway riders.
José Sarmiento (LIQ) has accumulated 85 points for the King of the Mountains competition, which is 24 more than Blel Kadri (ALM), who virtually has 61, while David Moncoutié (COF) has 59. There are 24 more points up for grab with 4 at the côte de Châtillon and 20 at the top of col de Joux-Plane. To take over from Sarmiento, Kadri needs to pass those two climbs in first position and his rival to score no point at all, which is highly unlikely.
Andriy Grivko (AST) joins the lead at km 109 in the downhill of la Colombière. The front group has now 20 riders.
Result of KOM price at col de la Colombière, km 102:
1. José Sarmiento, 15 points
2. Maciej Paterski, 13
3. Sylvain Chavanel, 11
4. Marco Marzano, 9
5. Blel Kadri, 8
6. David Moncoutié, 7
7. Tiago Machado, 6
8. Jesus Hernandez, 5
Peloton at 3.50.
Andriy Grivko (AST) is coming close to the front group. He’s at 25 seconds in the downhill.
Known for crashing quite often, Basque rider Gorka Verdugo (EUS) who took Cadel Evans to the ground during the 2008 Tour de France has gone down again! At the beginning of the downhill of the col de la Colombière, he crashed in the middle of the bunch. Mikaël Chérel (ALM) also went down but they both went back on their bike.
KOM leader José Sarmiento has accelerated to pass first at the top of the col de la Colombière.
There’s no attack to signal in the climb to the col la Colombière. One kilometre away from the top, the 19 escapees have an advance of 45 seconds over lone chaser Andriy Grivko.
Ski champion Tessa Worley is watching the Dauphiné from the road side in the col de la Colombière in Le Grand Bornand.
Andriy Grivko (AST) is producing a strong effort in the Colombière. He’s 1.15 behind the 19 breakaway riders. The bunch is at 2.15.
The 19 breakaway riders are climbing to the col de la Colombière. At the bottom, their advantage is 2.25 over Grivko who attacked at km 84, and 2.50 over the peloton.
Andriy Grivko (AST) has attacked from the bunch.
Approaching the feed zone after Thônes, the gap between the 19 escapees and the bunch is 2.55.
RadioShack-Nissan directeur sportif Alain Gallopin commented Andy Schleck’s abandon to letour.fr: "He couldn’t pedal anymore", the Frenchman said. "Since he crashed during the time trial, the whole right side of his body was hurting. He was climbing all right but he was suffering to hold his bike. Yesterday, he managed to finish but today, racing had become too difficult."
In the second hour of racing, the breakaway riders have covered 40.5 kilometres. It makes an average speed of 36.3km/h after two hours.
Team Sky keeps regulating the speed of the bunch, 3.20 behind the 19 escapees at km 69.
Result of KOM price at col des Essérieux, km 67:
1. José Sarmiento, 4 points
2. Maciej Paterski, 3
3. Alberto Losada, 2
4. David Moncoutié, 1
Peloton at 3.35.
Andy Schleck has quit the Dauphiné at km 64.
Spaniard Oscar Pujol who raced the past two Critérium du Dauphiné has moved into the lead at the Tour of Singkarak in Indonesia after stage 5.
Green jersey wearer Tony Gallopin (RNT) crashed in the downhill of the col de Leschaux but he made it back into the main bunch.
The escapees are climbing to the col des Essérieux. They had 3.10 lead at km 62km.
Koldo Fernandez (GRM) has quit the race.
Time gap at km 52: 3.05. The peloton has just left the beautiful lake view in the south of the lake of Annecy. Riders are heading towards the col des Essérieux.
The highest ranked of the 19 breakaway riders is Tiago Machado (RNT) who is 25th on GC, 5.33 down on Bradley Wiggins. He’s followed closely by Thomas Voeckler (EUC), 28th at 6.20.
The time gap at km 40: 3.35.
Result of the KOM price at cat. 3 col de Leschaux, km 32.5:
1. José Sarmiento, 4 points
2. Maciej Paterski, 3
3. Alberto Losada, 2
4 David Moncoutié, 1
Time gap to the peloton at the top: 3.45
In the first hour of racing that has included the col de Plainpalais, the riders at the front have covered 32.1 kilometres.
After reaching 3.15, the gap between the 19 escapees and the bunch led by Team Sky decreases: 3 minutes at km 27, now 2.55.
At km 27, the deficit of the peloton is exactly 3 minutes from the 19 breakaway riders: Petr Ignatenko, Alberto Losada and Yuriy Trofimov (KAT), Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland (EUC), Blel Kadri and Christophe Riblon (ALM), Tiago Machado (RNT), Maciej Paterski and José Sarmiento (LIQ), Rémy Di Gregorio and David Moncoutié (COF), Egoi Martinez (EUS), Mario Marzano (LAM), Jesus Hernandez (SAX), Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ), Brice Feillu (SAU), Alexandre Geniez (ARG), Matteo Carrara (VCD).
Richie Porte took over from Edvald Boasson Hagen as the most impressive domestique for Bradley Wiggins yesterday when he chased hard behind the group of Cadel Evans and Vincenzo Nibali who had made the break in the descent of the Grand Colombier. At some stage he was seen on TV pushing out of his way Dominik Nerz from Liquigas who was dropping down from the counter-attacking group. The German eventually apologized to him for obstructing. This morning, the Australian spoke to letour.fr from the bus of Team Sky. “This is the queen-stage of the Dauphiné”, he said. “It could be crucial and I expect a fast start uphill. We have the team ready to control. I’ve never ridden the col de Joux-Plane but obviously, our director Sean Yates took us through it and explained precisely how it is. Here’s a good spirit in the team. We know that Cadel [Evans] has to attack. He’s behind. He tried yesterday. We had to chase and we are prepared to do so again today.”
Andy Schleck (RNT) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC) are among the numerous riders who have made it back to the main peloton in the long downhill to Lescheraines.
At km 22, the 19 escapees have 3 minutes lead over the peloton.
Result of the KOM price at the top of the col de Plainpalais, km 11.5:
1. José Sarmiento, 15 points
2. David Moncoutié, 13
3. Brice Feillu, 11
4. Tiago Machado, 9
5. Jesus Hernandez, 8
6. Blel Kadri, 7
7. Alexandre Geniez, 6
8. Christophe Riblon, 5
In the downhill of the col de Plainpalais, four riders have made it across to the 15 leaders: Trofimov (KAT), Voeckler and Rolland (EUC) and Paterski (LIQ).
At the top of the col de Plainpalais, the peloton is cruising 45 seconds behind the 15 leading riders.
Jean-Christophe Péraud (ALM) has made his way back in the bunch but Andy Schleck (RNT) is still off the back.
Team Sky has already claimed two stage wins with Edvald Boasson Hagen in La Clayette and Bradley Wiggins against the clock in Bourg-en-Bresse. The British team also rode brilliantly to defend the yellow-blue jersey since Wiggins took it in Saint-Vallier. But they lead the teams’ classification as well with an advantage of 5.40 over BMC and 5.46 over Movistar. Astana follows at 6.23 and Rabobank at 7.08.
After Moncoutié (COF), Losada (KAT) and Martinez (EUS) have rejoined the breakaway group that now contains 15 riders. Seven riders are chasing: Moinard (BMC), Trofimov (KAT), Rolland (EUC), Paterski (LIQ), Barredo (RAB), Ruijgh (VCD) and Silin (AST).
Moncoutié (COF) has made it across the front group. Losada (KAT) and Martinez (EUS) are ten seconds behind.
David Moncoutié (COF) and Alberto Losada (KAT) are in between the twelve escapees and the peloton with a 20 seconds gap.
There are twelve riders in the lead in the climb: Ignatenko (KAT), Kadri and Riblon (ALM), Machado (RNT), Sarmiento (LIQ), Di Gregorio (COF), Marzano (LAM), Hernandez (SAX), Chavanel (OPQ), Feillu (SAU), Geniez (ARG) and Carrara (VCD).
Xavier Florencio (KAT) has quit the race.
Andy Schleck (RNT), Alexandre Vinokourov (AST) and Jean-Chrisophe Péraud (ALM) are dropped off in the first climb of the day! Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is also at the back.
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) retained the yellow-blue jersey after stage 5 to Rumilly. He’s been brilliant playing in defense when Cadel Evans (BMC) attacked in the downhill of the Grand Colombier. He firmly showed that he had the destiny of the race in his hands. Today might be a different story though, considering the tough climbs on the menu, including the last one, the col de Joux-Plane whose downhill is almost as famous as its uphill.
Tony Gallopin (RNT) remained in green after stage 5. He did his best to bring some breakaway riders back but ended up in twelfth place on the finishing line in Rumilly where only the top ten finishers got paid for the points classification.
José Sarmiento (LIQ) took the lead of the King of the Mountains competition yesterday. The Colombian only has one point as an advantage over Blel Kadri (ALM) but he’s got plenty of opportunities to express his climbing abilities today.
Wilco Kelderman (RAB) wears the white jersey for the second day in a row after his excellent ride against the clock from Villié-Morgon to Bourg-en-Bresse. He even moved one step forward yesterday as Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) dropped down. The Dutchman is now fifth on GC. His biggest threat in the U26 category is Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) who lays 1.18 down on him in the general classification.
14 riders have gone away from the bunch, including KOM leader José Sarmiento (LIQ) and French champion Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) who bridge the gap by himself behind the group of initially thirteen attackers.
As soon as the peloton has started climbing, a few riders got dropped: Florencio (KAT), Howard (OGE), Kluge (ARG)...
The start proper has been given at 10.09 to 158 riders.
Team Sky was seen warming up on rollers this morning prior to the start, as riders always do for time trilling. This is the best thing to do before climbing from the gun. The col de Plainpalais is only 11.5km after the km 0. It consists in climbing in direction to the ski resort of La Féclaz but the race will not reach it as the route goes to Lescheraines heading towards the lake of Annecy.
Six categorized climbs are on today’s menu:
- Col de Plainpalais, cat. 1, alt. 1173, km 11.5
- Col de Leschaux, cat. 3, km 32.5
- Col des Essérieux, cat. 3, km 67
- Col de la Colombière, cat. 1, alt. 1613m, km 102
- Côte de Châtillon-sur-Cluses, cat. 3, km 129
- Col de Joux-Plane, HC, alt. 1691m, km 155.5
Three non-starters today: Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) who had fever this morning, Anthony Delaplace (SAU) and Stefan Denifl (VCD).
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 6 of the 64th Critérium du Dauphiné. It’s a big mountain stage from Saint-Alban-Leysse in the outskirts of Chambéry to Morzine in the Haute-Savoie.