The final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné took place yesterday, and it proved an exciting finale to the week-long race. The stage was 156.5kms from Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc to Modane Valfréjus.

The riders faced six categorised climbs including the spectacular Lacets de Montvernier and the final Cat. 1 climb to Modane Valfréjus. Going into the stage, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) wore the leader’s jersey, but Chris Froome (Team Sky) was within striking distance.

Thirteen riders went clear early on, and from this group, Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) forged on ahead. After the German was caught, Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) led on the last climb before being overtaken by the small group of race favourites. Froome then attacked in the last few kilometres, and despite the best efforts by Van Garderen, the Briton gained enough time to win the stage and the race overall for the second time.

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