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Froome Takes Lead in the First Mountains of the Dauphine

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June 10, 2016 – 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.

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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 Stage 5
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 3:32:20
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:01
3. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:19
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step
5. Alberto Contador ((Spa)) Tinkoff Team 0:00:21
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
7. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:27
8. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida
10. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step

General Classification:
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 21:24:59
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:07
3. Alberto Contador ((Spa)) Tinkoff Team 0:00:27
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:37
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:42
6. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:52
7. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:08
8. Daniel Navarro (SPA) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:16
9. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:21
10. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida 0:01:27