Jumbo-Visma is chasing. Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) was the biggest threat in the GC with 18 breakaways. The Briton is 2:55 back on race leader Jonas Vingegaard and eleventh in the GC.
The leading group of 18 managed to break away from the group and have a lead of 25 seconds, but it is a fair bet that it will break up on the Cat 2 climb, the Côte de Clermont-en-Genevois, the race is now facing . Here’s a full list of our leaders so far, which includes the man with the most breaks so far, Fredrik Dversnes (Uno X)
Simon Guglielmi and Lukasz Owsian (Arkéa-Samsic)
Fredrik Dversnes (Uno X)
Omar Fraile (Ines Grenadiers)
Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën)
Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious)
Omar Fraile (Ineos Grenadiers)
Andrea Bagioli (Soudal-QuickStep)
Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ)
James Shaw (EF Education-EasyPost)
Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar)
Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates)
Eddy Finé (Cofidis)
Harry Sweeny (Lotto Dstny)
Lawson Craddock (Jayco-AlUla)
Matteo Vercher and Alexis Vuillermoz (Total Energy),
Florian Stork (Team DSM)
Gianmarco Garofoli (Astana Qazaqstan)
The race is five kilometers from the foot of the first categorized climb of the day, the Côte de Clermont-en-Genevois (Cat.2, 4.7km, 7.5%).
130 kilometers more
18 riders at the front today, 40 kilometers covered at a jawdropping average speed of 53 kmh.
Grondin’s abandonment means that Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies) is the interim leader of the mountains. But there are two second cats. and two third cats. move up the menu today, Latour’s continued hold on that ranking at the end of the stage is anything but a given.
Another abandoned, mountain classification leader Donovan Grondin (Arkéa-Samsic). The peloton is still together, but the attacks are still coming thick and fast.
The official website of the race reports the first abandonment of the day: Natnael Tesfazion (Trek Segafredo). 134 riders left in the race.
150 kilometers more
20 kilometers into the race and still no break.
There are more than 3,000 meters of vertical climbing in today’s stage, but instead of saving their energy for later, the race will have anything but a quiet start as the battle for the break continues. Fredrik Dversnes (Uno-X) is one of those trying to make a move, but so far, it’s no dice for anyone.
Three of the four classification leaders at the start today: LR – Christophe Laporte (points); Jonas Vingegaard (total); Donovan Grondin (mountain).
It’s only 160 kilometers
Multiple attacks so far in the race, but nothing sticks.
Today’s weather is cloudy with scattered showers, the temperature is 21.4C. Little wind. However, above the Alps, at today’s highest altitude of 1,486 meters above sea level at the top of the Col des Aravis, it is 16 degrees. Rain was initially forecast for the stage, but it looks set to stay dry for now.
On the menu today:
Km 52.8: climb: Côte de Clermont-en-Genevois (Cat.2, 4.7km, 7.5%)
Km 141.2: sprint: Saint-Jean-de-Sixt
Km 151.9: climb: Col des Aravis (Cat.2, 5.7km, 7.8%)
Km 166.7: climb: Côte de Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe (Cat.3, 3.2km, 6.1%)
Km 170.2: climb: Crest-Voland (Cat.3, 2.3km, 6.6%)
The 6th stage of the 2023 Critérium du Dauphiné is now underway. 170.2 kilometers left in the race.
One non-starter has been confirmed so far: sprinter Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco-AIUIa). The peloton was down to 135 riders.
A reminder from our race leaders:
Overall: Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma)
Mountains: Donovan Grondin (Arkéa-Samsic)
Points: Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma)
Best Young Rider: Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates)
Teams: UAE Team Emirates
The peloton is currently riding the neutralized section. The race starts properly at 1220 CET.
And here is the latest GC top 10 classification, courtesy of our colleagues at FirstCycling
As we await the start of the race, here’s a chance to revisit our race report on the dramatic events of stage 5.
Critérium du Dauphiné: Jonas Vingegaard rides solo for stage 5 win and GC lead
And here’s what the riders will see when they reach kilometer 0. Hopefully the weather will stay dry for the rest of the day, although that doesn’t seem likely.
🤩👋 Bonjour Nantua, quelle vue 🤩👋 Hello Nantua, what a beautiful view #Dauphiné pic.twitter.com/TolazUQEgRJune 9, 2023
The race is set to start in around 20 minutes time, starting with a 10 minute, 4.6 kilometer neutralized section.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 6 of the Critérium du Dauphiné