Stage summary13.06.2014First season win for Bakelants, first crash for Froome
A spectacular stage winner of the Tour de France in Ajaccio last year, Jan Bakelants scored his first win for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in Poisy after winning a tormented two-man sprint against Lieuwe Westra of Astana. Race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) got a fright as he crashed within ten kilometers but without any apparent consequence. He praised his rivals' sportsmanship for waiting for him.read more
interview13.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «I'm still in a great shape»
“The start of the race has been very fast. But once the move has been formed and we had Bram Tankink at the front, it has become quieter in the peloton. Of course it was speeding up at the end but even on that rhythm, I felt that I had good legs. My team-mates looked after me really well. They kept me in the first positions of the peloton. Even with the Giro d'Italia and six days of the Dauphiné in my legs, I'm still in a great shape. But I know that tomorrow's climbs will be much harder...read more
interview13.06.2014Alessandro De Marchi: «It's a small dream»
“It's a small dream for me to wear the polka dot jersey. It has never happened to me before. But it's a heavy task to have it on my shoulders. I know what it means for French people. I was delighted to go on stage to get it yesterday but I was also surprised. I was mainly looking for a stage win but I didn't have my best legs so I focused on the KOM competition first. I'll do my best this week-end but I really don't know what can happen to me in the mountains.”
interview13.06.2014Jan Bakelants: "Medium mountain stages suit me"
“In the sprint, I really thought that Westra was going to close the door on me. It wasn't fair. I was already on my way to passing him but he eventually let me go through so I thank him for his fair-play. In this case scenario, disillusion and intense joy are very close. With winning a stage at the Dauphiné, my season is already partly a success. In the past two days, I was already in the decisive breakaway, but I've always found on my way a Katusha rider who was stronger than me. I...read more
interview13.06.2014Chris Froome: "It's painful but nothing is broken"
“I had a bit of a crash, I don't even know how it happened, my front wheel went into a ditch. It's painful but nothing is broken. I need a few bandages. But this is very minor. I was in a difficult situation but the peloton slowed down. I'm thankful to my rivals. The teams Tinkoff-Saxo and Astana were first to ask everyone to wait for me. They've showed a lot of respect for me and a great sportsmanship. I'll see tomorrow how I feel in the morning but we have a difficult stage ahead. It's...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS)
2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana)
3. Zdenek Stybar (OPQS)
4. Pim Ligthart (Lotto)
5. Jens Keukeleire (Orica)
|14:42||The winner is... Jan Bakelants|
Bakelants wins stage 6.
|14:41||Mental game between Westra and Bakelants|
Westra and Bakelants look at each other. They might get caught by the chasers!
|14:40||Tinkoff-Saxo speeds up|
After the peloton slowed down to wait for Chris Froome who crashed, Tinkoff-Saxo rides hard at the front. To prepare for an attack by Contador?
|14:35||Westra and Bakelants with 5km to go|
Westra and Bakelants lead the race with 5km to and an advantage of 25 seconds.
|14:34||Bakelants at the last climb|
Result of KOM price at km 171:
1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 3 points
2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 2
3. at 0.15: Pim Ligthart (Lotto), 1
|14:32||Froome back in the bunch|
Froome is back in the bunch.
|14:31||The peloton waits|
The peloton waits for Chris Froome to come back, helped by Geraint Thomas.
Chris Froome crashes and restart.
|14:29||Westra puts the hammer down|
Lieuwe Westra puts the hammer down in the final climb. Only Bakelants can follow him, Ligthart can't.
|14:27||38 seconds with 10km to go|
Westra, Ligthart and Bakelants have 38 seconds lead with 10km to go. Peloton at 3.38.
|14:24||Erviti on the move|
With 13km to go, Erviti tries to bridge the gap to the leading trio.
|14:19||Bonnet pulls out|
William Bonnet (FDJ.fr) pulls out of the race.
|14:17||3.20 with 20km to go|
Westra, Lighthart and Bakelants are 3.20 ahead of the peloton led by Sky and Tinkoff with 20km to go.
|14:15||Ligthart ahead at côte de Marcellaz-Albanais|
Result of KOM price at côte de Marcellaz-Albanais, km 159:
1. Pim Ligthart (Lotto), 3 points
2. Lieuwe Westra (Astana), 2
3. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 1
|14:13||Bakelants also in the lead|
Jan Bakelants rejoins Westra and Ligthart at the front.
|14:12||Flying Dutchmen at the front|
Pim Ligthart and Lieuwe Westra go away in the hill.
|14:12||Katusha takes over|
Katusha takes over from FDJ.fr at the head of the peloton. They have won the past two stages with Yuriy Trofimov and Simon Spilak and also celebrated Russia's national day yesterday.
|14:07||Time for climbing|
The breakaway riders have hit the climbs of the last 25 kilometres of racing. Time gap: 4.10. Still FDJ.fr chasing...
|14:01||4.15 on the sprint line|
The peloton has passed on the line of the intermediate sprint in Vallières with a deficit of 4.15.
|14:00||Bakelants wins hot spot sprint|
Result of intermediate sprint at km 149.5:
1. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 5 points
2. Zdenek Stybar (OPQS), 3
3. Thomas Damuseau (Giant), 1
|13:54||FDJ.fr leads the bunch|
With 32km to go, two FDJ.fr riders lead the bunch: Mickaël Delage and Yoann Offredo. They speed up and the time gap is now 4.21.
|13:52||21 years between Voigt and Conti|
The breakaway includes the youngest and the oldest rider of the Dauphiné: Valerio Conti, 21, and Jens Voigt, 42.
|13:50||FDJ.fr moves up|
It's still Team Sky leading the pack but FDJ.fr riders are noted moving up to the first positions, ready to take over and chase the breakaway.
|13:48||Under five minutes|
After Chateaufort, with 41km to go, the time gap goes under five minutes: 4.55.
|13:41||151 riders left in the race|
Nine teams out of twenty-one still have eight riders on the road: Sky, Astana, Tinkoff-Saxo, Orica-GreenEdge, AG2R La Mondiale, Lotto-Belisol, Katusha, Belkin and NetApp-Endura. Trek has lost three riders since the start: Nizzolo, Beppu and Roulston.
|13:37||45.5km in the third hour|
The breakaway has covered 45.5km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 44.7km/h.
|13:36||5.25 at km 128|
With 50km to go, the time gap is 5.25.
|13:15||km 113: five minutes|
The time gap at km 113 is precisely five minutes.
|12:58||Last time gap: 5.20|
The difference between the 16 escapees and the pack remains steady at 5.20 after half way into stage 6.
|12:41||Damuseau first at côte de la Bétaz|
Result at the top of côte de la Bétaz, cat. 4, km 89.5:
1. Thomas Damuseau (Giant), 3 points
2. Jan Bakelants (OPQS), 2
3. Valerio Conti (Lampre), 1
|12:39||5.05 after the feed zone|
At the exit of the feed zone (km 85), the time gap is 5.05.
|12:37||Average speed: 44.3km/h|
In the second hour of racing, the breakaway group has covered 42.6km. Average speed so far: 44.3km/h.
|12:30||Pierrick Fédrigo: "There's no more space for attackers"|
French sports newspaper L'Equipe interviewed Pierrick Fédrigo who won four stages at the Tour de France (in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012) but hasn't made the long list of thirteen potential participants for FDJ.fr this year. “Young talented riders have joined and the team has evolved”, explained the 35 year old Frenchman. “I can't say it's unfair. The wheel turns, that's all. Strategies are more based around sprinters and climbers. There's no more space for attackers.” Fédrigo was...
|12:16||Six minutes lead|
The sixteen breakaway riders have six minutes lead.
|12:02||Eddy Seigneur: "Denifl and Reichenbach might ride the Tour"|
Questioned by letour.fr about the retirement of Stephan Denifl despite looking strong in previous stages, IAM Cycling directeur sportif Eddy Seigneur explained that we've only heard the prelude of Reichenbach and there's more to be seen from his rider from the Valais who will be cheered by a lot of fans tomorrow in Switzerland. “Stephan had a sore knee in the past few days and it got worse this morning so he preferred to stop”, said the former French champion. “He's still on our long...
|11:47||5.30 at km 50|
Time gap: 5.30 at km 50.
|11:45||Six teams have missed out|
Teams missing in the front group are: Sky, Europcar, BMC, Katusha, FDJ.fr and Garmin-Sharp. But only Team Sky is present at the head of the peloton with seven riders.
|11:41||New time gap: 5 minutes|
At km 46, the time gap is five minutes.
|11:41||Bakelants the highest ranked|
The highest ranked of the breakaway riders is Jan Bakelants, 6.03 down on Chris Froome.
|11:40||Sky at work|
Team Sky sets the tempo at the head of the peloton.
|11:38||4.40 at km 42|
Latest time gap: 4.40 at km 42.
|11:37||45.9km in the first hour|
45.9 kilometres have been covered in the first hour of racing.
|11:34||Westra and Bakelants initiated the breakaway|
Lieuwe Westra and Jan Bakelants were the two attackers who initiated this breakaway.
|11:32||Time gap: 3.40|
The time gap is 3.40 at km 39. The peloton seems to be happy with this breakaway. The speed has been reduced after a fast and furious first half and hour of racing.
Three riders have joined the thirteen in the lead: Julien Simon (Cofidis), Jens Keukeleire (Orica) and Imanol Erviti (Movistar).
|11:26||13 ahead on Friday 13... no FDJ!|
13 riders have gone clear at km 30: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Sergio Paulinho (Tinkoff-Saxo), Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pim Ligthart (Lotto), Aleksej Saramotins (IAM), Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), Jens Voigt (Trek), Jan Bakelants and Zdenek Stybar (OPQS), Thomas Damuseau (Giant), Valerio Conti (Lampre), Bram Tankink (Belkin), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp).
|11:19||KM 34: 13 seconds lead|
About ten riders have an advantage of 13 seconds at km 34.
|11:17||Wackermann pulls out|
Luca Wackermann (Lampre-Merida) abandons the Dauphiné.
|11:16||Three riders at the front|
Two riders have joined the lone attacker at the front.
|11:14||Km 29: one man ahead|
A lone rider tries to break away at km 29. The peloton keeps riding fast.
|11:01||Simon Gerrans: "I won't be part of an early breakaway"|
Questioned by letour.fr before the start, Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Simon Gerrans said: “On paper, obviously, it's a really good stage for myself and Daryl Impey. If we're part of the group of the GC favourites to contest the stage victory, we'll give it a go. Having said that, today is the last opportunity for guys who want to win a stage but aren't super climbers. I'd be surprised if the breakaway doesn't make it to the finish but I won't be part of it. This week is hard enough...
|10:59||Denifl pulls out|
Stephan Denifl (IAM) quits the Dauphiné before the 20th kilometre of racing today.
|10:56||More breakaway attempts|
More breakaway attempts but all unsuccessful as the regrouped peloton exits Saint-Quentin-sur-Isère at km 17.
|10:52||All together at km 14|
The peloton keeps riding fast and all together at km 14.
|10:50||Nicolas Edet: "It's a race for attackers"|
Questioned by letour.fr before the start, the King of the Mountains of last year's Vuelta a Espana Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) didn't hide his ambitions: “This stage is hard to read in advance. The Critérium du Dauphiné has been hard since the beginning. There will be breakaways for sure today but the unknown is whether or not the sprinters' teams will get organized. My goal and also the goal of other Cofidis riders is to ride at the front and we'll do it till the end of the Dauphiné. The...
It's all together after ten first kilometres of fast and furious racing.
|10:46||Five riders try to go clear|
Two AG2R riders are noted in a group that tries to break away at km 8.
|10:42||All together at km 5|
The peloton has exited Grenoble on a very fast note but after five kilometres of racing, it's all together.
|10:41||Gilles Maignan: "Narrow roads and tricky curves to finish"|
Questioned before the start by letour.fr, ASO official Gilles Maignan who is in charge of the route at the Critérium du Dauphiné explained the possible scenarios today: “It's not a very difficult day of racing. But in the finale, the roads are narrow and there are some tricky curves. I don't foresee a bunch sprint finish. Even FDJ will probably not keep the breakaway under control. I also don't think that Team Sky will ride behind a breakaway, otherwise they'd be exposed to one of their...
|10:35||10.35, the race is on|
The start proper has been given at 10.35 to 153 riders.
|10:34||Bricaud: "Fédrigo is motivated for breaking away"|
Questioned before the start by letour.fr, FDJ.fr's directeur sportif Thierry Bricaud expressed his embarrassment in planning today's stage. The team of the French lottery cannot only count on luck for winning on Friday 13! “It's a bit complicated for us because we'd like a sprint finish but we also know that there's a slim chance for that to happen. Therefore, we'll attempt to breakaway. Pierrick Fédrigo is motivated for that. If the breakaway doesn't take much time, we'll work for a...
|10:24||Three category 4 climbs today|
Climbs of the day
Chris Froome (Sky) is in the yellow jersey for the fifth day in a row, with an advance of 12 seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) who respectively wear the green and the white jersey, the Dutchman being the best young rider and the Spaniard laying in third place in the points classification. For the first time, Alessandro De Marchi (Cannondale) leads the King of the Mountains competition with a significant margin over former leader Kevin Reza: the Italian...
153 riders have signed the starting sheet, which is the same number as the finishing riders yesterday.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 6 of the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné from Grenoble to Poisy (178.5km), starting quai de France near the Isère river in the capital of the Alps. Today the riders will watch the mountains rather than climb them. It's a great stage for attackers.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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