Criterium du Dauphine Stage 4 ITT: Martin Wins Big Once Again


Omega Pharma – Quick-Step rider Tony Martin showed great form in the 32.5km Stage 4 ITT at Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, winning the time trial whilst on GC, an Aussie now leads

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The stage proved to be a key test in the fight for overall honours at the race, with the general classification receiving a significant shake-up as Australian youngster Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) moved into the lead. Froome sits just five seconds off Dennis, with Boasson Hagen, Porte and Thomas holding places fourth through sixth, 32, 33 and 55 seconds back respectively.

050613 OPQS Dauphine Stage 4 - Martin (c)Tim DeWaele


Photo: OPQS-Tim De Waele

OPQS rider Michal Kwiatkowski also had a strong time trial performance, finishing 5th after being 2nd at the first intermediate time check (+22″). Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) was 2nd, +47″, and Chris Froome (Sky ProCycling) was 3rd, +1’08”. Sylvain Chavanel finished 18th, +2’28”.

Kwiatkowski moves into 3rd in the GC, as Dennis takes over the yellow jersey. Martin has also won every ITT he has participated in this season, except for a prologue. He has eight total wins in 2013.

“I was really looking forward to today,” Martin said. “It was the first long time trial after Volta ao Algarve. It was a really nice form test for the Tour. In the past days I had some stomach problems due to a virus. The biggest problem I had was two days ago, and yesterday I was already feeling better. not 100 percent but when I woke up this morning I was pretty OK, feeling optimistic and feeling confident. So, I’m not 100 percent recovered, but almost. I’m happy with the stage win.”

050613 OPQS Dauphine Stage 4 - Martin podium ©Tim De Waele

Photo: OPQS-Tim De Waele

Martin said it was a good feeling as preparation for the Tour de France. “We have two ITTs at the Tour, but also at the beginning a team time trial,” Martin said. “So, it’s really important for me and the team as it is also a good chance to fight for the yellow jersey. We also have one of the best sprinters with Cav, so I think we will have a lot of opportunities.”

“As for me, I was happy about my gap to a rider such as Froome today. I’m not 100% fit, so I’m happy with my result. It’s a nice moment right now, but I have to be realistic. The first ITT at the Tour fits me, but the second one for sure is pretty hard. I go to see it after the Dauphine and then I can make my opinion.”

As for the next days at Dauphine, Martin will now focus on helping his teammates. “In the next days I will try to be useful for the team on the mountains,” Martin said. “I have to improve a bit on the climbs before the Tour and the last days of the Dauphine are perfect for it.”

Kwiatkowski, now 3rd in the GC, said he is happy about his top 5 result at the Dauphine ITT. “I think I went much faster in the first part than the second part because I usually catch Capecchi and Santaromita,” Kwiatkowski said. “That was my goal, to see where they are. In the middle of the TT I caught them. The second part I maybe lost some time, but finally with 5km to go I gave it all”.

“I am happy about my race. I trained a lot actually before this race for the time trial, and I had a good feeling. The result is not important now. Because, the first race after such a long period without racing, makes me happy about such a good feeling about my position and everything, and also having no problems during the course. The 3rd position in the GC is a good result so far, but now we will go into the mountains and the GC will probably change. We will see day by day.”

Good day for team Sky
Chris Froome rode himself into a strong position at the Criterium du Dauphine after taking third in the stage four time trial. The Kenyan-born Brit put time into all his general classification rivals on the flat 32.5-kilometre course to Parc des Oiseaux to move into second place overall.

The day proved to be a significant show of strength for Team Sky with four riders setting times in the top 10, equating to four riders in the top six overall. Froome clocked a time of 37 minutes and 46 seconds to occupy a strong position, five seconds off the yellow and blue jersey as the race heads into the mountains.

Edvald Boasson Hagen ended the day with the sixth fastest time, with a hugely consistent showing also placing Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas in seventh and tenth respectively behind stage winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step).

With the big names all looking to gauge their level ahead of the Tour de France the stage four time trial was seen as a significant indicator of form. Former Endura Racing rider Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp) was the quickest of the early runners before another rider with Endura connections, Jan Barta moved the benchmark along, the NetApp-Endura rider clocking a time of 38:30 out on course.

Race leader David Veilleux (Europcar) was the last man down the ramp and pushed hard to protect an overnight lead of 1:56. Despite his best efforts the Canadian fell to seventh on GC. The stage saw one big name struggle significantly as Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) was only able to post a time 3:37 down on the winning effort. The Spaniard now trails Froome by 2:45 after starting the day level on time, with Porte also catching Contador for two minutes out on course.

1 MARTIN Tony Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 36:54:00
2 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 00:47
3 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:52
4 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan Movistar Team 01:08
5 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:13
6 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 01:19
7 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 01:20
8 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura 01:36
9 PINOTTI Marco BMC Racing Team 01:38
10 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 01:42
11 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 01:46
12 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 01:58
13 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 02:01
14 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 02:17
15 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 02:20
16 DE GENDT Thomas Vacansoleil – DCM 02:25
17 MORENO FERNANDéZ Daniel Katusha Team 02:27
18 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 02:28
19 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 02:32
20 TERUEL ROVIRA Eloy Movistar Team 02:34
21 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard 02:36
22 VICHOT Arthur Equipe Cycliste FDJ 02:38
23 BAUER Jack Garmin – Sharp @ st
24 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard 02:39
25 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 02:43
26 CLARKE William Team Argos – Shimano 02:44
27 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel RadioShack – Leopard 02:47
28 QUINZIATO Manuel BMC Racing Team @ st
29 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ 02:52
30 HERMANS Ben RadioShack – Leopard @ st
31 LUTSENKO Aleksey Astana Pro Team 02:55
32 KOREN Kristjan Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 03:00
33 MEYER Travis Orica GreenEDGE @ st
34 NERZ Dominik BMC Racing Team @ st
35 CHERNETSKIY Sergey Katusha Team 03:01
36 IGNATYEV Mikhail Katusha Team 03:05
37 TALANSKY Andrew Garmin – Sharp 03:06
38 FLECHA Juan Antonio Vacansoleil – DCM 03:08
39 SANTAROMITA Ivan BMC Racing Team 03:15
40 MADRAZO RUIZ Angel Movistar Team @ st
41 TEKLEHAIMANOT Daniel Orica GreenEDGE 03:18
42 VANDBORG Brian Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 03:19
43 KRITSKIY Timofey Katusha Team @ st
44 COPPEL Jérome Cofidis Solutions Crédits 03:20
45 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel Euskaltel – Euskadi 03:22
46 ROLLAND Pierre Team Europcar 03:23
47 WETTERHALL Alexander Team NetApp – Endura 03:24
48 SERRY Pieter Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 03:25
49 VANDEWALLE Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team 03:26
50 PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José Joao Team NetApp – Endura 03:28
51 GERRANS Simon Orica GreenEDGE 03:29
52 CAPECCHI Eros Movistar Team @ st
53 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Movistar Team @ st
54 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team 03:30
55 TEN DAM Laurens Blanco Pro Cycling Team 03:32
56 DE MARCHI Alessandro Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
57 DE LA CRUZ MELGAREJO David Team NetApp – Endura 03:33
58 LAENGEN Vegard Stake Bretagne- Séché Environnement @ st
59 MOREIRA PAULINHO Sergio Miguel Team Saxo-Tinkoff @ st
60 POELS Wout Vacansoleil – DCM 03:34
61 CONTADOR VELASCO Alberto Team Saxo-Tinkoff 03:37
62 SøRENSEN Nicki Team Saxo-Tinkoff 03:38
63 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto Katusha Team 03:40
64 WAGNER Robert Blanco Pro Cycling Team @ st
65 DOCKER Mitchell Orica GreenEDGE @ st
66 DURET Sebastien Bretagne- Séché Environnement 03:42
67 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ 03:43
68 GOOS Marc Blanco Pro Cycling Team 03:44
69 BODNAR Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 03:45
70 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Katusha Team 03:48
71 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Astana Pro Team 03:49
72 KIRYIENKA Vasil Sky Procycling @ st
73 DE CLERCQ Bart Lotto Belisol Team 03:50
74 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne- Séché Environnement 03:51
75 BAZAYEV Assan Astana Pro Team @ st
76 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar 03:53
77 CANUTI Federico Cannondale Pro Cycling Team @ st
78 GERARD Arnaud Bretagne- Séché Environnement 03:54
79 FAIRLY Caleb Garmin – Sharp 03:57
80 WESTRA Lieuwe Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
81 BOECKMANS Kris Vacansoleil – DCM 03:58
82 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida @ st
83 ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi 04:00
84 KENNAUGH Peter Sky Procycling 04:01
85 BARGUIL Warren Team Argos – Shimano 04:02
86 HERRADA LOPEZ Jose Movistar Team 04:05
87 FEDRIGO Pierrick Equipe Cycliste FDJ 04:06
88 KING Benjamin RadioShack – Leopard 04:07
89 HOOGERLAND Johnny Vacansoleil – DCM 04:09
90 RABON Frantisek Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 04:11
91 GAVAZZI Francesco Astana Pro Team 04:13
92 KREDER Michel Garmin – Sharp @ st
93 MEERSMAN Gianni Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 04:14
94 VOECKLER Thomas Team Europcar @ st
95 HUGUET Yann Team Argos – Shimano 04:15
96 WELLENS Tim Lotto Belisol Team @ st
97 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI Gorka Euskaltel – Euskadi 04:20
98 ELISSONDE Kenny Equipe Cycliste FDJ 04:21
99 SULZBERGER Wesley Orica GreenEDGE 04:23
100 GUILLOU Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement 04:24
101 SLAGTER Tom-Jelte Blanco Pro Cycling Team 04:25
102 PATERSKI Maciej Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 04:27
103 SZMYD Sylwester Movistar Team @ st
104 PARISIEN Francois Team Argos – Shimano @ st
105 FAVILLI Elia Lampre – Merida 04:31
106 IGNATENKO Petr Katusha Team 04:32
107 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
108 SICARD Romain Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
109 GAUTIER Cyril Team Europcar 04:33
110 BOOKWALTER Brent BMC Racing Team @ st
111 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida @ st
112 LOPEZ GARCIA David Sky Procycling 04:34
113 BUSCHE Matthew RadioShack – Leopard @ st
114 SILIN Egor Astana Pro Team @ st
115 DIDIER Laurent RadioShack – Leopard 04:38
116 SOUPE Geoffrey Equipe Cycliste FDJ 04:40
117 VELITS Martin Omega Pharma – Quick-Step @ st
118 QUEMENEUR Perrig Team Europcar 04:42
119 ROHREGGER Thomas RadioShack – Leopard 04:44
120 GONZALEZ NOVAL Benjamin Team Saxo-Tinkoff 04:45
121 VACHON Florian Bretagne- Séché Environnement 04:50
122 CORDEEL Sander Lotto Belisol Team 04:51
123 ERVITI OLLO Imanol Movistar Team 04:52
124 BONO Matteo Lampre – Merida 04:53
125 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team 04:55
126 BAGOT Yoann Cofidis Solutions Crédits 04:58
127 BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMIENTA Pello Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
128 STANNARD Ian Sky Procycling 05:00
129 MATE MARDONES Luis Angel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05:08
130 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Argos – Shimano 05:11
131 MURAVYEV Dmitriy Astana Pro Team 05:12
132 GARATE Juan Manuel Blanco Pro Cycling Team 05:13
133 NIEVE ITURALDE Mikel Euskaltel – Euskadi @ st
134 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 05:17
135 SCHILLINGER Andreas Team NetApp – Endura @ st
136 LAGUTIN Sergey Vacansoleil – DCM @ st
137 FERNANDEZ DE LARREA Koldo Garmin – Sharp 05:24
138 BEPPU Fumiyuki Orica GreenEDGE 05:30
139 FLORENCIO Xavier Katusha Team 05:31
140 DURASEK Kristijan Lampre – Merida @ st
141 MATTHEWS Michael Orica GreenEDGE @ st
142 BIDEAU Jean Marc Bretagne- Séché Environnement 05:32
143 LE MEVEL Christophe Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05:33
144 DAMUSEAU Thomas Team Argos – Shimano 05:35
145 GESLIN Anthony Equipe Cycliste FDJ 05:37
146 CLARKE Simon Orica GreenEDGE 05:42
147 BERHANE Natnael Team Europcar 05:43
148 ARIEL RICHEZE Maximiliano Lampre – Merida 05:47
149 MAES Nikolas Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 05:49
150 CHARTEAU Anthony Team Europcar @ st
151 WARBASSE Lawrence BMC Racing Team @ st
152 HOWES Alex Garmin – Sharp 05:50
153 ARNDT Nikias Team Argos – Shimano @ st
154 MOLARD Rudy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 05:55
155 REZA Kevin Team Europcar 05:57
156 HUSHOVD Thor BMC Racing Team 06:00
157 PALINI Andrea Lampre – Merida 06:02
158 VALENTIN Tristan Cofidis Solutions Crédits 06:05
159 FONSECA Armindo Bretagne- Séché Environnement 06:17
160 GARCIA AMBROA Ricardo Euskaltel – Euskadi 06:18
161 DUGGAN Timothy Team Saxo-Tinkoff 06:23
162 HUZARSKI Bartosz Team NetApp – Endura @ st
163 VANENDERT Dennis Lotto Belisol Team 06:32
164 VOSS Paul Team NetApp – Endura 06:35
165 GRAZIATO Massimo Lampre – Merida 06:36
166 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Vacansoleil – DCM 06:39
167 TANNER David Blanco Pro Cycling Team 06:45
168 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 06:51
169 HERNáNDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesús Team Saxo-Tinkoff 07:01
170 BOUHANNI Nacer Equipe Cycliste FDJ 07:10
171 RATHE Jacob Garmin – Sharp 07:26
172 EIJSSEN Yannick BMC Racing Team 08:05

1 DENNIS Rohan Garmin – Sharp 12:40:00
2 FROOME Christopher Sky Procycling 00:05
3 KWIATKOWSKI Michal Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 00:26
4 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Sky Procycling 00:32
5 PORTE Richie Sky Procycling 00:33
6 THOMAS Geraint Sky Procycling 00:55
7 VEILLEUX David Team Europcar 01:09
8 KONIG Leopold Team NetApp – Endura 01:11
9 CLEMENT Stef Blanco Pro Cycling Team 01:14
10 GRIVKO Andriy Astana Pro Team 01:26
11 ROGERS Michael Team Saxo-Tinkoff 01:30
12 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:33
13 MORENO FERNANDéZ Daniel Katusha Team 01:40
14 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 01:41
15 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis Solutions Crédits 01:45
16 GALLOPIN Tony RadioShack – Leopard 01:49
17 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar RadioShack – Leopard 01:52
18 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana Pro Team 01:56
19 GENIEZ Alexandre Equipe Cycliste FDJ 02:05
20 HERMANS Ben RadioShack – Leopard @ st


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