Dauphine 5: On the Attack!

From Sisteron to La Mure, 6 categorized climbs, flat finish. 
17 riders in a break-away including Jens Voigt (Trek Factory), Christophe le Mevel (Cofidis), Simon Spilak (Katusha) and Jan Bakelandts (Omega-Pharma Quick Step). 
Le Mevel attacked 35 km to go, Michaël Cherel (Ag2R) joined and quickly dropped him. 
Tinkoff-Saxo was leading the chase.  Sergio Paulinho got a gap, then Alberto Contador launched a surprising attack, bridged and crossed the top of the final climb - 20 km to go - 50'' on Froome.  
Team Sky was effective in responding. All caught Simon Spilak (Katusha) excaped and won. two in a row for Katusha!  
But behind it was fireworks. Wilco Kelderman attacked with Adam, they couldn't  catch Spilak but the Dutch outsprinted Yates for 2nd.

Team Tinkoff DS, Philippe Mauduit
"Alberto's attack was a bit of a surprise for the fans, for the field and for us as well. But I think it was a really nice surprise and a good sign of Alberto's form and will to win. At the same time, it was a test of Chris Froome and his teammates who had to work hard to bring him back. Unfortunately, Rory Sutherland was in a crash and injured his left hand but he's being examined as we speak.Tomorrow, I expect a tough finish and the sprinters will have to dig deep in order to make it to the finish." 

Chris Froome:
"Sometimes it’s the days that don’t look so hard on paper that turn out to be the really tough ones and today was non-stop. It took 85km for the breakaway to form and then Contador went up the road to put us under pressure. I still had four team-mates at that point though which meant I could stay calm in the knowledge they would pull him back.
I’m hugely proud of the guys today, they did such a massive job and it gives us a lot of confidence moving forward. 

I’m feeling tired right now but I’m sure everyone will be tired after the day we’ve had. The team is coming together really well this week and they all stepped up again today.
Either Alberto’s not so confident about the weekend, or he feels very confident and is able to attack anywhere. That’s what I respect about him; he does make the race entertaining and is prepared to take it up on the climbs and the descents.
We didn’t expect him to attack, we were expecting him to save it for Saturday, and the climbs on that day will be a lot more telling. I didn’t have to do a lot today because of how my team rode, and that will serve me well for the weekend.
I won’t be holding anything back there in the fear of going too deep before the Tour [de France]. Any big efforts this week are only going to help in preparation for the Tour, and the Dauphine is the perfect opportunity to test our legs and try some big moves.”

Wilco Kelderman:
“Why should I always follow? That way I’ll never win. If the peloton would have hesitated, Yates and I could’ve easily taken ten extra seconds. Things are going my way, but that doesn’t mean anything. Today wasn’t difficult enough, it wasn’t an uphill finish. Every day is different. I expect the other guys to be better in the tough final few days than they were last weekend.” 

ORICA-GE DS Wilson: 
“Adam’s move wasn’t planned. He saw a chance to try to gain a few seconds, and he took it. He jumped away from the bunch and Kelderman joined him. Adam said Kelderman was very strong, but they both committed. It benefitted them both to go for the bonus seconds and as much as a time gap as possible
We know some of our fans had some questions about why Daryl sprinted for fourth when he had a teammate just up the road. Daryl only sprinted from 200 metres to go. Had he not done so, it would have been someone else who would have been doing it.”


1 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 4:51:24
2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:00:14
3 Adam Yates (Gbr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:14
4 Daryl Impey (SAfrica) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:17
5 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
6 Daniel Moreno (Esp) Team Katusha
7 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale
9 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr
10 Leopold Konig (Cze) NetApp-Endura
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 19:01:00
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:12
3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:12
4 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:33
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:00:35
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:50
7 Haimar Zubeldla (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:22
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana 0:01:22
9 Adam Yates (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:24
10 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana 0:01:35

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