Wednesday June 5th, 2013

Stage 4Villars-les-Dombes / Parc des Oiseaux

Start 10h55 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary05.06.2013Tony Martin delivers, Rohan Dennis bursts in

What a great time trial at the Dauphiné! The world champion Tony Martin overcame sickness right on time to deliver one of his best performances against the clock ever. The German preceded the unexpected neo pro Rohan Dennis who pursued the dream of young Australians to conquer the world. One year after Luke Durbridge won the prologue of the Dauphiné in Grenoble, Dennis amazed everyone by beating Chris Froome for second place. Therefore, the 23 year old from Adelaide jumped into the...

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interview05.06.2013Rohan Dennis: "It's a dream come true to lead a World Tour event"

Rohan Dennis was absolutely thrilled by taking the yellow-blue jersey in the Parc des Oiseaux: “I'm very, very happy!”, he reacted. “My goal was the white jersey and I receive the yellow as well. It's a dream come true to get a yellow jersey at a World Tour event. My plan for the Dauphiné was to help Andrew Talansky but unfortunately, he fell sick. I knew my form was good. It can always be a bit of a gamble against guys like Froome and Contador. At the end, I'm surprised to be so close...

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interview05.06.2013Thomas Damuseau: "To defend the polka dot jersey is a great challenge"

There was no king of the mountain price on the course of the time trial, so the polka dot jersey remained on the shoulders of Thomas Damuseau who declared: “The time trial was kind of a recovery day for me. To enter the mountain stages with the polka dot jersey in such an important race necessarily adds to my motivation. It's a great challenge to defend this lead. During the Giro last month, I've realized that I can do well in the mountains. I finished the stage to the Galibier not very far...

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interview05.06.2013Tony Martin: "Fortunately, I recovered on time"

Stage winner Tony Martin declared after taking the honors on stage: "It was my goal to win this time trial but I wasn't 100% sure that I could do it after being down with stomach problems in the past two days. Fortunately, I recovered on time. However, I was looking forward to today. It was my first long time trial since the Tour of Algarve in February. I enjoyed the course, even though I enjoy even more when it's a little bit hillier. I'm happy to give Chris Froome some time because we'll...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

14:39Top 51. Tony Martin (OPQ), 36'54''
2. Rohan Dennis (GRS), at 0.47
3. Chris Froome (SKY), at 0.52
4. Jonathan Castroviejo (MOV), at 1.08
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (OPQ), at 1.13
14:33Veilleux loses the yellow-blue jerseyDavid Veilleux (EUC) has clocked the 76th best time, 3.52 down on Tony Martin. Rohan Dennis (GRS) is the new yellow-blue jersey.
14:30Chris Froome: "I had good legs"Chris Froome will not take the yellow-blue jersey today but he's the favorite who gained the most in this time trial. "Of course, it's a good result for me", said the Brit to France Télévisions. "Today it was a good exercise and a good test for the form. I had good legs. I don't know what is Alberto's strategy. Maybe he keeps some energy for the mountains."
14:28Veilleux or Dennis in yellow-blue?At the second intermediate check point, David Veilleux still virtually leads the Dauphiné but with only four seconds over Rohan Dennis who has finished very fast.
14:18Alberto Contador: "Not much energy in the legs"Alberto Contador has suffered from his pollens allergies during the time trial. "It was not a good day for me", he said to France Television. "I didn't have much energy in the legs, but there is still time before my form reaches the top. I hope to be better and better each stage. For the Tour de France, there's still time. I knew that Chris Froome was superior in time trialling."
14:17Porte overtakes ContadorRichie Porte (SKY) who started two minutes behind Alberto Contador (TST) but he has overtaken his former team captain (in 2011).
14:08Froome less than one minute down on MartinChris Froome has clocked the third best time so far in 37.46. He's 52 seconds down on Tony Martin.
14:05Contador keeps losingAt the second time check, Froome is still third, 41 seconds down on Martin, but he leads over Contador by 1.39.
13:57Rohan Dennis: "The best TT I've done up to date"Young sensation Rohan Dennis told letour.fr: "I knew my form was good. It can always be a bit of a gamble against guys like Froome and Contador. I'm surprised to be so close to Martin. This is the best TT I've done up to date. I just tried to hold the power I thought I could hold average wise but instead of dropping towards the end, I realized I had a bit more to give."
13:56Dennis better than KwiatkowskiRohan Dennis has the second best time in 37.41, he's ahead of Kwiatkowski.
13:45First time check: Froome leads big over ContadorAfter 11.5km of racing, Chris Froome has the third best time in 13.04. More interestingly, the Brit is 43 seconds faster than Alberto Contador in the highly expected duel.
13:44Kwiatkowski starts faster than DennisIn the fight for the white jersey, Michal Kwiatkowski is 7 seconds faster than Rohan Dennis after 11.5km.
13:26Froome and Contador on the wayThe duel is on!
13:23Top 5 after two hours of racing1. Tony Martin (OPQ), 36'54''
2. Jonathan Castroviejo (MOV), at 1.08
3. Jan Barta (TNE), at 1.36
4. Marco Pinotti (BMC), at 1.38
5. Andriy Grivko (AST), at 1.46
13:02Marco Pinotti: "My motivation is back for racing one more year"One of the world's top specialists Marco Pinotti (BMC), 37, who finished 5th at the Olympic Games last year spoke to letour.fr after scoring the fourth best time at the Parc des Oiseaux: "When I looked at the first time check, I told myself: I'll loose one and half minute to Tony Martin. I'm 1.38 down, almost correct. I'm a little bit behind my maximum capacities for time trialling. My numbers are a bit down from last year at the Tour of Austria, which was my rehearsal for the Olympics....
12:49Tony Martin: "I was not at 100%"Tony Martin looked like a happy man after recovering from his ride. "52.8 is a good average!", he said. "It was not my best time trial but it wasn't a bad one either. I've had stomach problems in the past few days. Fortunately, I've felt much better today but I was not at 100% of my capacities. I'm not sure to win today. We have to look at Froome's performance."
12:47Best time for Tony Martin at the finishTony Martin has crossed the finishing line in 36.54. His average speed is: 52.84km/h!
12:33Jonathan Castroviejo: "I'd be happy with the top 10"Current leader Jonathan Castroviejo told letour.fr: "It's a very good course for a time trial. I'm happy with my average speed but I'm sure there are stronger riders like Tony Martin and Chris Froome coming after me. I'd be happy to make the top 10. Coming to the Dauphiné, my goal was to train for the Tour de France. Our line-up is not definite but I hope to start the Tour for the first time. We're ten riders for nine spots. My goal at the Tour will be to help Alejandro [Valverde] and Nairo...
12:31Best time for Castroviejo at the finishJonathan Castroviejo (MOV) is the new leader for now. He clocked 38.02 on the finishing line and an average of 51.27km/h.
12:30Tony Martin rides at 54.6km/h!In the first 11.5km of racing, Tony Martin rode at an average of 54.6km/h. That's impressive!
12:27Tony Martin looks healthyA big question mark of today's stage concerned Tony Martin's health. He was reported to being sick in the past two days but the first intermediate check point has given the answer: the double world champion for time trial is going well. He has the best time after 11.5km, 32 seconds faster than Jan Barta.
12:24Top 5 after one hour of racing1. Jan Barta (TNE), 38.30.21
2. Thomas De Gendt (VCD), at 0.49
3. Eloy Teruel (MOV), at 0.58
4. Jack Bauer (GRS), at 1.02
5. William Clarke (ARG), at 1.08
12:18Castroviejo on the right trackJonathan Castroviejo (MOV) who was the first leader of the Vuelta a España last year after the inaugural team time trial is doing well: at the second time check, he's 7 seconds faster than current leader Jan Barta.
12:06Jan Barta: "A good average speed!"Jan Barta was still finding it hard to breathe when he was showed his average speed of 50.64km/h. "It's a good one!", he reacted to letour.fr. "Normally I'm good at time trialling. I came here to try my best and get a result in the time trial. For me, there's no big difference if the course is hard or not. This one is fast. There's almost no wind. I felt good legs. It's hard to say in which position I can finish. I've started early. I don't know how many guys will be faster than me. We'll see."
12:03Best time for BartaWith 38.30, Jan Barta has the new best time at the finish. Average speed: 50.64km/h.
12:01New best time for Eloy TeruelFormer individual pursuit specialist Eloy Teruel (MOV) has the new best time on the finishing line: 39.28. That's four seconds faster than Jack Bauer.
11:59Barta threatens Bauer

Czech champion Jan Barta (TNE) who finished 7th at the world championship for ITT last year has scored the best time at the two check points.

11:49Rohan Dennis is a candidate for the white jerseyWhite jersey holder Tony Gallopin (RLT) will be the third last man on the road but his lead is potentially threatened by Rohan Dennis (GRS). The Australian who came second at the U23 world championship for time trial last year is a true specialists. Prior to the start of the Dauphiné, he didn't hide his ambitions to letour.fr. Dennis hails from Adelaide where he finished fifth in the Santos Tour Down Under last year (behind no less than Simon Gerrans, Alejandro Valverde and Michael Rogers...
11:44Jack Bauer: "I showed the way to Rohan Dennis"Questioned by letour.fr, Jack Bauer declared at the finish: "I didn't push so hard. I didn't do it flat out but for us, it was important to ride at a quick pace. We put Rohan Dennis in the car behind me. Rohan is our main man for the stage, and also for GC now that Andrew Talansky is out of contention. It's a beautiful day. It was actually quite windy. It's a nice course but definitely not flat. There are people out on the road, it's good!"
11:3549.32km/h the average speed of Jack BauerJack Bauer (GRS) has clocked the new best time in 39.32. His average speed is 49.32km/h.
11:25Docker leadsTwo riders have completed the course. Mitch Docker (OGE) has set the best time so far in 40.34.
11:23Good score for Jack BauerNew Zealander Jack Bauer (GRS) has clocked the best time at the first check point among the first ten riders on the way, ahead of former Swedish champion for time trial Alexander Wetterhall (TNE).
11:16Joaquim Rodriguez: "Only the distance is similar as Tour de France TTs"Katusha's climbing superstar Joaquim Rodriguez talked to letour.fr after riding the course. "It's really flat", he said. "It's not like the time trial courses of the Tour de France that I have recognized. Even the first one to Mont-Saint-Michel is harder than today's. Only the distance is similar to the Tour de France TTs."
11:13Yellow-blue jersey to start at 13.58David Veilleux (EUC) who leads the Dauphiné with an advantage of 1.56 over green jersey wearer Gianni Meersman (OPQ) and 1.57 over the main GC contenders will be the last man to start at 13.58.
11:00Chris Froome: "It's fast and flat"GC favorite Chris Froome has just completed his recognition of the course. "It's fast, flat, and hopefully it's going to be a good day for us", the Brit told letour.fr. "Richie [Porte] is going well. I'm feeling good, so hopefully it's a day we can take some time from the other GC contenders. I don't think we'll be looking at victory with guys like Tony Martin but it depends if he's sick or not." Froome has a maximum gear of 56x11 while Martin usually uses 58x11.
10:49Two check pointsRiders will be timed twice: at Rignieux-le-Franc (km 11.5) and Versailleux (km 21.5).
10:47Laurence Warbasse, first man in actionThe first rider to start at 10.50 is Lawrence Warbasse, a neo pro from the US racing for BMC.
10:46Welcome to stage 4Welcome to the live coverage of stage 4 from Villars-les-Dombes to Parc des Oiseaux. It's a 32.5km individual time trial without any climb on the menu.

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