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June 11, 2016 – French rider Thibaut Pinot won Saturday’s sixth and penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine with Britain’s Chris Froome holding the race lead going into the final stage.
FDJ rider Pinot, 26, snatched the stage win ahead of countryman Romain Bardet, 25, after the 141km run from La Rochette to Meribel in the French Alps. Sky’s Froome crossed fourth 1min 04sec off the pace just behind Ireland’s Dan Martin to hold the yellow jersey going into the final day’s racing on Sunday.
Bardet’s AG2R La Mondiale outfit put in concerted effort to ensure the team leader arrived at the foot of the final 12.3km climb with a 2min 45sec advantage on the first peloton.
Bardet attacked a first time at 10km before being joined by Pinot with the two countrymen battling for supremacy to the line. Froome slightly increased his overall advantage to 21 seconds on Australian Richie Porte and Bardet.
Froome, 31, won the Dauphine in 2013 and 2015 — and each time went on to ride to victory in the Tour de France. Sunday’s final stage covers 151km from Pont-de-Claix to the Alpine ski resort of Superdevoluy, with a 7.5km climb less than 12km from the line.
Results Stage 6:
1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 4:24:16
2. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:01:04
4. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:07
5. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida 0:01:15
6. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team
7. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:17
8. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge
9. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:01:21
10. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 25:50:22
2. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21
3. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:30
5. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:35
6. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:56
7. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:02
8. Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:18
9. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre – Merida 0:01:35
10. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:02:12