14 Jun 2014

Froome retains Dauphine lead despite late crash

10:13 am on 14 June 2014

British cyclist Chris Froome suffered a late crash on the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, but he still retains his overall lead with two stages remaining.

Jan Bakelants from Belgium won the 178.5-kilometre stage from Grenoble to Poisy after a breakaway, but the real drama came late on in the peloton where Tour de France champion Froome crashed on a high-speed descent.

The Team Sky rider was forced to change bikes, but worked his way back to the peloton which had slowed after hearing that the race leader had crashed.

A bruised Froome remains 12 seconds ahead of Spain's Alberto Contador, who will be one of his main rivals at the Tour de France which starts in England next month.