For the second year in a row, Bradley Wiggins wins the Dauphiné. His team-mate from Sky Michael Rogers is second. Cadel Evans is third.
1. Dani Moreno, in 2.59.37
2. LL Sanchez
3. Cadel Evans
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen
5. Rinaldo Nocentini
Second stage win at the Dauphiné for Dani Moreno. Luis Leon Sanchez is second.
Mikaël Chérel puts the peloton in one line.
About 40 riders are left in the group for sprinting uphill.
Coppel, Rolland and Geniez get caught with 2.5km to go.
With 4km to go, Van Garderen has a flat tyre.
Geniez, Rolland and Coppel only have eight seconds lead over the peloton strongly led by BMC and Katusha with 6km to go.
Alexandre Geniez (ARG) is in between the leading duo and the peloton.
With 8km to go, Coppel and Rolland only have 12 seconds left in their favour.
Nibali is dropped by Westra on the flat roads leading to Châtel.
With 11km to go, Westra and Nibali are 22 seconds behind Coppel and Rolland. Peloton at 40 seconds. It’s another uphill finish in Châtel.
With 15km to go, Westra is 30 seconds behind Coppel and Rolland. Nibali is at 45 seconds. Peloton at 1.05.
Towards the bottom of the downhill of the col du Corbier, Rolland and Coppel have dropped Westra but Nibali is only 25 seconds behind them and the peloton is at 48 seconds.
Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) is known for being one of the best downhill rider in the world. He’s now gone away from the bunch descending from the col du Corbier.
Result of KOM price at the col de Corbier, km 102:
1. Jérôme Coppel, 15 points
2. Pierre Rolland, 13
3. Lieuwe Westra, 11
4. Nairo Quintana, 9
5. Tiago Machado, 8
6. Peter Weening, 7
7. Vincenzo Nibali, 6
8. Bradley Wiggins, 5
Leading the front group, Jérôme Coppel has passed first at the col de Corbier.
Peter Weening (OGE) who finished 5th yesterday in Morzine gies away and passes the Nibali-Quintana group.
Vincenzo Nibali (LIQ) rejoins the chase initiated by Quintana.
Quintana (MOV), Machado (RNT), Charteau (EUC), Fofonov (AST) and Chérel (ALM) are the five riders gone away from the bunch. They’re one minute down on the leading trio.
Yesterday’s stage winner Nairo Quintana (MOV) accelerates again at the head of the peloton. A few riders try to follow. Tiago Machado (RNT) is one of them.
The yellow jersey group led by BMC has been reduced to about 50 riders. The likes of Samuel Sanchez (EUS) and Rein Taraamäe (COF) have been dropped.
With 25km to go, the leading trio has 35 seconds over Fofonov (AST) and 48 seconds over Le Mével (GRM). Peloton at 1.15.
Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) is no longer in between the leading trio and the peloton. He’s been caught by the BMC-led peloton.
Westra (VCD), Rolland (EUC) and Coppel (SAU) have started climbing the Corbier. They have 1.50 lead over the peloton led by BMC and Katusha.
The average speed after two hours is 44.3km/h.
Result of KOM at côte de la Vernaz, km 89.5:
1. Jérôme Coppel, 10
2. Pierre Rolland, 9
3. Lieuwe Westra, 8
At 35 seconds:
4. Dimitri Fofonov, 7
5. Christophe Le Mével, 6
6. Sylvain Chavanel, 5
At 1 minute: Yaroslav Popovych and Stijn Vandenbergh
At 1.45: Luis Angel Maté and Alessandro Vanotti
At 1.55: peloton
In the côte de la Vernaz, Stijn Vandenbergh (OPQ) gets dropped off the breakaway. The gap goes down: 1.24. Only four riders in the lead now: Chavanel, Rolland, Coppel and Westra.
The Katusha team shows up at the front of the bunch with BMC and Sky, chasing hard behind the eight breakaway riders. That indicates stage win ambitions by Dani Moreno who already claimed stage 2 in Saint-Félicien.
40 kilometres before the finish, the advantage of the eight leaders has decreased under the action of Philippe Gilbert: 1.45.
The maximum lead for the eight breakaway riders has been recorded at km 69: 2.35. Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is now at the head of the peloton where teams BMC and Sky look like riding hard.
Former Critérium du Dauphiné contender Oscar Pujol has won the overall classification of the Tour of Singkarak in Indonesia.
The difference between the eight escapees and the bunch is 2.15 at km 61.
After the col de Cou, José Sarmiento (LIQ) has a lead of 31 points over Blel Kadri (ALM) in the King of the Mountains competition. As there are 29 points up for grab at the top of the three remaining climbs, the Colombian will win the polka dot jersey, shall he finish in the time cut in Châtel.
Richie Porte was a happy man after taking part in the strong showing of Team Sky yesterday in the ascent to col de Joux-Plane. The Australian told letour.fr this morning: “It wasn’t such a bad climb after all”, he said. “I’m confident that we have the capacity to defend Bradley’s yellow jersey again today. I’ve been told that the col du Corbier is favourable to maintain a lead. It’s hard but not that steep and the downhill isn’t dangerous if my information is correct. I’d be very happy and proud to go on stage this afternoon for winning the team’s classification. It’s very nice to be part of such a great team.”
Result of the KOM price at col de Cou, km 56:
1. Sylvain Chavanel, 4 points
2. Christophe Le Mével, 3
3. Stijn Vandenbergh, 2
4. Yaroslav Popovych, 1
At 1.40: Matt Lloyd
At 2.10: the peloton
Jérôme Coppel (SAU) is the highest ranked rider of the breakaway. He’s 15th with a 4.39 deficit from race leader Bradley Wiggins. He’s also the best placed French rider so far.
The col du Corbier is set to be the crucial climb of the last stage of the Dauphiné, 22.5km before the finish in Châtel. It became famous in the history of cycling during the 1985 Tour de France. Bernard Hinault already had a comfortable lead at the start of stage 11 in Pontarlier. However, he attacked with 60 kilometres to go together with Luis Herrera. "We rode the col du Corbier but on the other versant than today", Hinault told letour.fr. "I remember that it was raining badly and the big fight was on. We caused some damage! I think that we’ve passed the col du Corbier the same way as today another year in the Dauphiné." At the 1985 Tour de France, Hinault was second to Herrera at the finish in Morzine where his lead on GC increased to four minutes over runner up Greg LeMond who was his team-mate and 5.52 over Stephen Roche.
The eight attackers are united at the front at km 51 with 2.15 over the peloton: Fofonov (AST), Rolland (EUC), Popovych (RNT), Le Mével (GRM), Chavanel and Vandenbergh (OPQ), Coppel (ALM) and Westra (VCD).
Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) makes it across to the leading trio. The four riders away have 25 seconds advantage over Fofonov, Popovych, Le Mével and Vandenbergh. Peloton at 2.50 at km 50.
The head of the race has covered 48.6 kilometres in the first hour.
Three riders in the lead: Rolland (EUC), Coppel (SAU) and Westra (VCD).
At 15 seconds: Chavanel and Vandenbergh (OPQ).
At 30 seconds: Fofonov (AST), Popovych (RNT) and Le Mével (GRM).
At 1 minute: the peloton.
Contacted by letour.fr, Europcar’s directeur sportif Andy Flickinger explained why Thomas Voeckler pulled out: “He felt a knee injury since yesterday. It’s a precautionary decision to stop. It doesn’t seem too bad but we don’t want the injury to get worse.”
Jérôme Coppel (SAU) was the attacker, he’s been followed by Pierre Rolland (EUC) and Lieuwe Westra (VCD). They have 15 seconds lead at km 43.
Three riders have taken some advance at km 40.5.
Result of the KOM price at côte de Mijouet, km 39.5:
1. José Sarmiento, 3 points
2. Brice Feillu, 2
3. Daniel Navarro, 1
Pauriol, Cimolai and Devenyns have been reined in at km 30.
Stage 7 won’t be another opportunity for Thomas Voeckler (EUC) to try and win, as he has pulled out of the race at km 28.
The three breakaway riders are: Rémi Pauriol (FDJ), Davide Cimolai (LAM) and Dries Devenyns (OPQ).
A Lampre-ISD rider has initiated a 3-man breakaway at km 27.
The bunch is all together after 25 kilometres of racing.
French Tour de France hero Thomas Voeckler (EUC) is highly awaited today, as the stage’s finale suits him really and he must be frustrated after the lack of success of his move yesterday. His directeur sportif Andy Flickinger said prior to the start: “Thomas didn’t have good legs yesterday and there were too many riders in the breakaway, it couldn’t work. We’ll try again today. The col du Corbier seems favourable for an escape to make it to the finish.”
Daniel Teklehaimanot (OGE), the only African rider in the race, has tried to go solo but the peloton hasn’t let him go.
It’s all together again at km 18.5.
11 riders have taken a small advantage over the peloton.
The bunch has passed Taninges after 15 kilometres of fast racing. Opportunities to break away should appear soon.
Sylvain Chavanel has tried to attack in the downhill after Les Gets but the bunch was riding too fast. “I’m very satisfied with my week of racing”, he told our estimated colleague Gilles Le Roc’h from Reuters prior to the start. “I feel much better than the previous years when I rode the Tour de Suisse and I suffered quite a lot. It’s a good sign before the Tour de France.”
Team Sky has increased their lead in the teams’ classification yesterday after their strong showing in the queen-stage. The British squad has an advantage of 8.56 over Movistar and 9.57 over BMC. A change of leadership seems highly unlikely today.
Mikaël Chérel of Ag2r-La Mondiale talked to letour.fr prior to the start: "We don’t know if there is any possibility of breaking away today", he acknowledged. "Team Sky has dominated the race so much so far! Up to now, they haven’t let much chance to the attackers. But today, we have to go on the offensive. At Ag2r-La Mondiale, we have two cards to play: either a punchy finish with Rinaldo Nocentini, or a breakaway from far out with riders in good form. We’re looking for opportunities because we are nowhere on GC and we want to finish the Dauphiné on a good note. I crashed yesterday at the top of la Colombière [with Basque rider Gorka Verdugo], so I was treated by the physiotherapist last night. I hope it won’t hurt today during the stage. It’s going to be short and fast. We’re seven Ag2r-La Mondiale riders likely to enter a breakaway. We’ll attack with the hope that Team Sky will give us some freedom.”
Bradley Wiggins (SKY) retained the yellow-blue after yesterday’s queen stage finishing in Morzine. He’s got 1.24 lead over Michael Rogers who is his team-mate. His main rival, Cadel Evans (BMC), stands in third place at 1.36.
Cadel Evans (BMC) wears the green jersey again, as he did after winning stage 1 in Saint-Vallier. He leads the points classification with 56 points. Three riders can mathematically beat him: Tony Gallopin (RNT) who is second with 51 points, Bradley Wiggins, 47, and Dani Moreno, 43.
José Sarmiento (LIQ) leads the King of the Mountains competition with 88 points. He’s got a comfortable advance over Blel Kadri (ALM) and David Moncoutié (COF), both with 61 points.
Wilco Kelderman (RAB) retained the white jersey but he has only 25 seconds of advantage left over Tejay Van Garderen (BMC). This is going to be an interesting fight today!
It’s a downhill start today from Morzine, until Taninges after 15km. Four riders have attacked from the gun, but they have been brought back.
The start proper has been given to 155 riders at 11.26.
Five climbs count for the King of the Mountains price today:
- Côte de Mijouet, cat. 4, 2.2km at 5.3%, km 39.5
- Col de Cou, cat. 3, 6.6km at 4.4%, km 56
- Côte de la Vernaz, cat. 2, 3.2km at 8.2%, km 89.5
- Col du Corbier, cat. 1, 7.7km at 7.3% (alt. 1230m), km 102
- Châtel, cat. 3, 1.5km at 8.7%, km 124.5
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 7 from Morzine to Châtel. It’s the last day of racing at the 64th Critérium du Dauphiné and a very short stage indeed: 124.5 kilometres!