Trofimov strikes again after a six-year drought - STAGE 4
Six years after winning stage 5 of the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné and having scored only one victory since (stage 2 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in 2009), Yuriy Trofimov raised his arms up in the air again in Gap. The 30 year-old Russian from Katusha rode away from the front group in the ascent to col de Manse but didn't threat Chris Froome's yellow jersey at the difference of AG2R-La Mondiale's Maxime Bouet who lost all his hopes on both stage and GC in the last fifteen kilometers.
Thirteen riders in the lead, Bouet virtually in yellow After a few skirmishes that highlighted the ambitions of French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr) and his compatriots Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), a 13-man breakaway was formed at km 21 with Andriy Grivko (Astana), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Maxime Bouet (AG2R), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Pim Ligthart (Lotto), Gustav Larsson (IAM), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), Bob Jungels (Trek), Peter Velits (BMC), Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (OPQS) and Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Belkin). Their maximum advantage was recorded at km 60: 4.50. Bouet being the highest ranked on GC at only 2.43, Team Sky couldn't allow the move to enjoy a lot of freedom. From the eight teams who had missed the front group, NetApp-Endura was the first one to put riders in the chase. Trofimov on his own at col de Manse At the bottom of col de Manse, Caruso accelerated but the front group was back together until Trofimov rode away solo two kilometers before the top. Among his former breakaway companions, Erviti and Jungels crashed in the downhill while a trio had escaped from the bunch: Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC). On the other hand, none of the favourites attacked Froome in the quest for the yellow jersey but the time gaps recorded on the finishing line weren't big enough for either Bouet (now 7th at 1.01) to take the lead overall or Bardet to move into the top ten on GC (12th at 1.40). The top 6 is unchanged before the hardest Alpine stages ahead.