Alejandro Valverde has pipped Tao Geoghegan Hart to win stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine as Richie Porte moved as much as sixth general.
Geoghegan Hart, trying to ship a second consecutive stage win for the Ineos Grenadiers after Geraint Thomas’ opportunistic victory on Thursday, launched his transfer 350m from the road on an uphill dash in Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse.
However Valverde would come round him metres earlier than the road, with the wily veteran having held again whereas final yr’s Giro d’Italia winner ran out of fuel on the final on Friday.
Porte was a part of the choose group that got here residence simply behind, all awarded the identical time, and that noticed him transfer up within the common classification, whereas fellow Australian Jack Haig rose to eighth. Porte is 15 seconds behind the chief.
Alexey Lutsenko now leads general, eight seconds forward of his Astana-Premier Tech team-mate Jon Izaguirre, with Wilco Kelderman third and Thomas in fourth forward of the massive mountain exams to return this weekend.
Chris Froome was in a position to persist with the primary contenders over the Col de Porte, the primary check on the 167km stage from Loriol-sur-Drome, however dropped again on the shorter closing climb and got here in two minutes 43 seconds down.
Lotto-Soudal’s Matthew Holmes spent the day within the breakaway, extending his lead within the king of the mountains classification.