Porte in Dauphine yellow as Fulgsang wins sixth stage

Fuglsang and his teammate Fabio Aru were aggressive on the climb, with these two, Froome and Porte all forming a lead group on the descent after the latter two ditched the other GC contenders.

But the Brit's time trial was under-par on Sunday as he crossed the line 37sec behind Porte, with the Tour due to start with a time trial on July 1.

Danish cyclist Jakob Fuglsang won the first mountain stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in a thrilling finish on Friday, while Australian Richie Porte took the overall lead ahead of archrival Chris Froome with two stages remaining.

The Dane narrowly beat Porte in a tight sprint.

"The Tour de France isn't too far away now".

Alice Barnes is joint-third alongside fellow British rider Hannah Barnes (Canyon-SRAM), who had finished Wednesday's stage in second place, and Vos on the same time, all 1min 46secs off the pace.

"We've got three weeks now after the Dauphine in terms of time trial work and it's obviously something I'll have to work on".

Reigning champion Froome on Tuesday had said that the time trial would be "an important milestone" in the eight-stage race, which is seen as a form indicator for next month's Tour de France.

"I hadn't ridden any time trial for a long time, so I'm really happy with what I did today".

The 32-year-old Tasmanian also won the Tour Down Under in January.

"I'm pretty happy to be at the top with Richie, he's in unbelievable form".

Trek-Segafredo's two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador was seventh on the day, 35 seconds back, two seconds and one place better off than Team Sky's Froome. "With a bit of luck, it can be a good Tour de France for me this year".

Valverde sits in third overall, 51 seconds behind De Gendt and 24 seconds behind Porte.

Spain's Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was two seconds ahead of Froome, while last year's Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) lost nearly two minutes.

  • Julie Sanders