Wednesday June 11th, 2014

Stage 4Montélimar / Gap

Start 10h40 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary11.06.2014Trofimov strikes again after a six-year drought

Six years after winning stage 5 of the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné and having scored only one victory since (stage 2 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in 2009), Yuriy Trofimov raised his arms up in the air again in Gap. The 30 year-old Russian from Katusha rode away from the front group in the ascent to col de Manse but didn't threat Chris Froome's yellow jersey at the difference of AG2R-La Mondiale's Maxime Bouet who lost all his hopes on both stage and GC in the last fifteen kilometers.

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interview11.06.2014Bouet: «I've believed Team Sky would let me take the yellow...»

“This morning, our goal was to have a rider in case of a five or six man breakaway and two if more than fifteen riders formed the front group. Since we've struggled at col du Béal, our objective has become to win a stage. We come closer but I'm very disappointed. The legs have made the difference in the col de Manse. Trofimov was the strongest. When he rode away on his own, I've tried to handle the situation but I realized that the stage was lost. I still tried to finish second. I'm...

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interview11.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «I'll try to follow Froome and Contador»

“The beginning of the stage was pretty hard because the breakaway didn't go early. Many riders wanted to break away. It was nervous. Later, the road was pretty nice, until the downhill to Gap. It wasn't frightening but we had to pay a lot of attention. In some curves, I used my brakes at the last minute. In the coming days, it'll be very hard to attack Froome and Contador. I'd rather try to follow them as long as I can and moreover keep the white jersey till the end.”

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interview11.06.2014Chris Froome: «It was our intention to let the yellow jersey go»

“I wouldn't say it was an easy stage but, once again, I have say thank you to my teammates for having made it a trouble free day. This is a team building for the Tour de France and we got really good signs today. It was our intention to let the yellow jersey go and another team take it before the week-end of racing but in the end, the race was just so fast that we reached the finishing line quickly after the breakaway riders.”

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interview11.06.2014Yuriy Trofimov: «I can't believe I won»

“I can't believe I won. I knew this climb since the Tour de France last year. I was already in the breakaway. In the beginning of the stage, I saved my legs for the end, then I rode flat out in the climb. I gave the maximum. I knew who was who in the breakaway. Now I'd like to a stage at the Tour de France as well.”

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Sporting stakes10.06.2014Butterflies in stomach

Current pro riders aren't strangers to the stage finale down to Gap from the col de Manse whose summit is only 12.5 kilometres away from the finish line on the Avenue du Maréchal Foch. It's a classic and thrilling exercise scheduled to highlight anyone's specific skills: after the time triallists' show in Lyon, the climbers' time up the col du Béal, the sprinters' day on their way to Le Teil, here's the paradise for downhill racers. They all know this descent is tricky and the risk to go...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

14:44Top 5

1. Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha)

2. Gustav Larsson (IAM), 0.23

3. Pim Ligthart (Lotto), 0.25

4. Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Belkin), 0.28

5. Peter Velits (BMC), 0.28

Peloton at 2.05

14:42Second stage win Trofimov

Trofimov already won a stage of the Dauphiné in 2008 in Morzine.

14:41The winner is... Yuriy Trofimov

Trofimov wins solo in Gap.

14:40Trofimov is at 6' on GC

Trofimov isn't a threat for Froome for now. He's at 6.02 on GC.

14:38Trofimov three kilometres from the end

Yuriy Trofimov is 3km away from the finishing line. Peloton at 2.15.

14:3432 seconds lead

Trofimov is away with 32 seconds lead over his first chasers.

14:34Trofimov solo in the downhill, crash behind him

Trofimov goes solo in the downhill. Erviti and Jungels crash.

14:32Trio away from the bunch

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Romain Bardet (AG2R) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) are in between the breakaway riders and the bunch.

14:31Trofimov solo at col de Manse

Result of KOM price at col de Manse, cat. 2:

1.    Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), 10 points

2.    At 0.33: Bakelants (OPQS), 9

3.    Velits (BMC), 8

4.    Caruso (Cannondale), 7

5.    Jungels (Trek), 6

6.    Nordhaug (Belkin), 5

14:26AG2R on the move

Péraud and Bardet accelerate. Bardet goes away from the peloton in the climb.

14:22Trofimov in the lead

Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha) has attacked from the breakaway group. He's first at the top of col de Manse.

14:19Four Sky riders escort Froome

Chris Froome is escorted by four teammates: David Lopez, Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte and Mikel Nieve.

14:18Trofimov and Le Mével on the move

Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha) has attacked from the bunch. Le Mével (Cofidis) tries to bridge the gap.

14:17Voeckler caught

Voeckler is brought back by Team Sky. Time gap: 2.18 with 18km to go.

14:15Gallopin and Voeckler attack

Voeckler (Europcar) and Gallopin (Lotto) attack from the bunch.

14:14Voeckler back in the bunch

The yellow jersey group isn't riding very hard. Voeckler comes back.

14:1212 riders in the lead

The front group is back together at the exception of Andriy Grivko. 12 riders in the lead with an advance of 1.50 over the peloton led by Team Sky.

14:10Zandio and Taarämae off the back

Xavier Zandio (Sky) is dropped from the bunch, so is Rein Taarämae (Cofidis), also Vassil Kiryienka (Sky), polka dot jersey wearer Kevin Reza and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)...

14:09Caruso accelerates

Caruso takes the command of the bunch. Bouet and Velits follow him to form a front group of three riders in the ascent to col de Manse.

14:08Breakaway in the climb

The 13 breakaway riders have started climbing to col de Manse.

14:07The peloton speeds up

Riders from Belkin and Lotto-Belisol speed up at the head of the peloton. Time gap reduced to 2.53 with 22km to go.

14:05Tinkoff-Saxo in action

Froome is back in the bunch. The Tinkoff-Saxo team moves to the front five kilometres before the bottom of the col de Manse, indicating that Alberto Contador might have some intentions to attack once again on that climb.

14:013.30 with 28km to go

Time gap with 28km to go: 3.30.

13:57Froome punctures

Race leader Chris Froome has a flat tyre with 33km to go. Geraint Thomas waits for bringing him back to the bunch after a bike change.

13:51Team Sky in defense

Team Sky remains busy setting the pace at the head of the peloton. With a deficit of 3.55 at 34km before the finishing line, Chris Froome is virtually deprived of the yellow jersey by Maxime Bouet.

13:4342.2km/h average

After three hours of racing, the average speed is 42.2km/h. 43.6km covered in the third hour.

13:41Bakelants first in Veynes

Result of intermediate sprint in Veynes, km 121.5:

1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 5 points

2. Christian Meier (Orica), 3

3. Andriy Grivko (Astana), 1

13:40Riders in Veynes

The breakaway is Veynes with 4.10 lead over the peloton 46km away from the finish. As a comparison, when eventual world champion Rui Costa won in Gap on a similar course, he and his breakaway companions had an advantage of 10.15 at the same hot spot sprint point. The Portuguese won in Gap 11.08 before the yellow jersey group.

13:31Not the same downhill though...

The road used to come down from col de Manse this time around isn't exactly the same as at last year's Tour de France. "It's still another technical descent", said technical director Gilles Maignan. "The two roads are parallel with about the same characteristics: curvy and narrow roads."

13:27Col de Manse, remember?

Yesterday after the stage finish, Chris Froome mentioned the potential danger of the downhill of col de Manse prior to the arrival in Gap. He was referring to last year's stage 16 in the Tour de France when he was closed to crashing behind Alberto Contador who went off road for a little while as he continued to put pressure in the descent after attacking a few times uphill. In 2011, it was also Contador who went on the offensive riding up the col de Manse in an attempt to regain the time...

13:15Km 103: 4.40

At km 103, the time gap is 4.40.

13:07Bouet virtual leader

With a deficit of 2.43 in the overall classification, Maxime Bouet (AG2R) is the virtual leader of the Dauphiné. That's why Team Sky can't let the breakaway go too far.

13:054.25 at the feed zone

Time gap at the end of the feed zone (km 90): 4.25

13:04Meersman pulls out

Gianni Meersman (OPQS) has retired from the Dauphiné at the feed zone.

12:57Bakelants first at côte de Rosans

Result of cat. 4 KOM price at km 80.5:

1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 3 points

2. Bob Jungels (Trek), 2

3. Andriy Grivko (Astana), 1

12:4738.6km in the second hour

38.6km have been covered by the breakaway riders in the second hour of racing. The average speed is 41.5km/h so far.

12:39Four minutes difference

At km 75, the time gap is four minutes exactly. Two riders from NetApp-Endura are noted at the head of the peloton.

12:3629 degrees

The current temperature on the road of the Critérium du Dauphiné is 29°C. Beautiful weather, sunny sky...

12:22Breakaway under control

The bunch led by Team Sky and NetApp-Endura keeps the breakaway under control: the time gap is 4.10 at km 70.

12:17NetApp-Endura at the head of the peloton

Team Sky controls the bunch but eight teams aren't present in the breakaway and NetApp-Endura is the first one to have taken position at the head of the peloton. It indicates that anything can still happen today. Riders who have missed the breakaway haven't given up their ambitions yet.

12:09The gap increases

The advantage of the escapees goes up: 4.50.

12:023.55 at km 56

The front group is at km 56 with an advantage of 3.55 over the peloton.

11:54Guiberteau: "Video was a key for our success"

French media reported about the missed opportunity for French sprinter Arnaud Démare yesterday. The Four Days of Dunkirk and Tour de Picardie winner admitted that he and his team failed in the preparation of the sprint in Le Teil but the outcome also had to do with the recon and the perfect work done by the Giant-Shimano team. “We gave our riders a video of the last kilometers of the stage”, directeur sportif Christian Guiberteau told “For two days, they watched it, and...

11:4544.3km in the first hour

The breakaway riders have covered 44.3 kilometres in the first hour of racing.

11:38Four minutes difference

At km 35, the difference between the thirteen leaders and the peloton is four minutes. Team Sky leads the bunch.

11:37Vincent Jérôme crashed

Vincent Jérôme (Europcar) crashed at km 30 but went back on his bike and rejoined the peloton.

11:27Lachlan Morton quits the Dauphiné

Australian climber Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp) has pulled out of the Dauphiné. He finished last yesterday due to injury.

11:212.15 at km 25

The 13-man breakaway has an advantage of 2.15 at km 25.

11:2113 riders in the lead

A breakaway is gone at km 21 with: Andriy Grivko (Astana), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Maxime Bouet (AG2R), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Pim Lightart (Lotto), Gustav Larsson (IAM), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), Bob Jungels (Trek), Peter Velits (BMC), Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (OPQS) and Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Belkin).

11:11All together at km 20

The peloton has reacted and it's all together again at km 20.

11:10French riders on the move

A group of nine riders have gone clear, including French champion Arthur Vichot ( and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM).

11:03All together

Westra has been reined in. The peloton is all together at km 13. It's a fast start.

10:56Westra in the lead

Lieuwe Westra (Astana) is alone at the front. He already attacked in the finale yesterday and was the last man caught by the bunch.

10:54Hushovd explained his abandon

Thor Hushovd decided after getting dropped yesterday that he wouldn't keep racing the Dauphiné. “There is obviously something wrong with me”, he said via his BMC team website. “I am not feeling good and I'm suffering on the bike. I have to realize this is not normal. So instead of pushing through more, I decided together with the team that I will withdraw from the Dauphiné and not start stage 4. First, it is mentally hard for me to be like this, and second, I am not providing support...

10:43The race is on

The start proper of stage 4 has been given at 10.42 to the 161 riders remaining in the race.

10:37Jersey holders

Chris Froome (Sky) is in the yellow jersey for the third day in a row. He had a pretty quiet day yesterday. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) also wears the same distinctive jersey since the start of stage 2. He's in green as he remains second to Froome in the points competition. Wilco Kelderman (Belkin), third on GC, is the best young rider, proud to wear the white jersey since the col du Béal. Kevin Reza (Europcar) leads the King of the Mountains classification with 44 points, ahead of...

10:35French champion on the move?

This is purely a stage for attackers. Watch out for French champion Arthur Vichot as will be looking for a revenge after missing out in the sprint finish yesterday.

10:33Two climbs today

Climbs of the day

-    Km 80.5: côte de Rosans, cat. 4, 1.5km at 3.6%

-    Km 155: col de Manse, cat. 2, 9.6km at 5.2%

10:32Kevin Reza: ??I??ll pay attention to filter the breakaway?

Questioned by after breakfast, polka dot jersey wearer Kevin Reza (Europcar) looked at what's coming up for him today. “I've had a good night”, he said. “At the Dauphiné, we wake up early because of the timing of the stages. I'm prepared to face the difficulty of the first kilometers of racing. They'll be hard! Like yesterday, there are two KOM prices but it shouldn't be more complicated to handle. I'll pay attention to filter the breakaway and make sure that my rivals for...

10:29Three non-starters

Three riders haven't signed the starting sheet this morning: Benat Intxausti (Movistar), who was involved in the crash yesterday, Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Daan Olivier (Giant-Shimano).


Welcome to the live coverage of stage 4 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné, from Montélimar to Gap (167.5km) with the col de Manse at 12.5km before the finish.


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