Britain’s reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome grabbed the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday after racing to victory in the fifth stage.
Froome took the leader’s jersey from his great rival Alberto Contador, who could only come home fifth in the mountain finish of Vaujany and was left 27 seconds adrift overall.
Team Sky rider Froome pipped Australian Richie Porte to the line after they broke away late in the stage from the rest of the pack and claimed victory to fire an ominous warning in the lead-up to this year’s Tour.
Another Briton, Adam Yates, was third and Ireland’s Dan Martin fourth.
Froome, 31, won the Dauphine in 2013 and 2015 — and each time went on to ride to victory in the Tour de France.
Results and standings after stage five of the Criterium du Dauphine from La Ravoire to Vaujany on Friday:
1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY), 3hrs 32min 20sec, 2. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) at 1sec, 3. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) at 19, 4. Dan Martin (IRL/ETI) at 19, 5. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 21, 6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) at 25, 7. Pierre Rolland (FRA/CAN) at 27, 8. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) at 27, 9. Louis Meintjes (RSA/LAM) at 27, 10. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ETI) at 27.
1. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 21hrs 24 mins 59 sec, 2. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) at 7sec, 3. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 27sec, 4. Daniel Martin (IRL/ETI) at 37sec, 5. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ETI) at 42sec, 6. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) at 52sec, 7. Diego Rosa (ITA/AST) at 1:08, 8. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) at 1:16, 9. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) at 1:21, 10. Louis Meintjes (RSA/LAM) at 1:27.
– Agence France-Presse