Contador takes Dauphine lead

  • Last Updated: June 14 2014, 20:43 BST

Spain's Alberto Contador overtook Chris Froome as the leader of the Criterium du Dauphine as Dutchman Lieuwe Westra won stage seven for Astana.

Alberto Contador (right) took the lead from Chris Froome (centre)
Alberto Contador (right) took the lead from Chris Froome (centre)

Tour de France champion Froome had gone into the stage with a 12-second lead despite a crash on Friday, but was overhauled by a late break from Contador.

With Westra out in front and overtaking Russian pair Yuriy Trofimov and Egor Silin, who finished the stage second and third for Katusha, Froome and Contador were both in a 10-strong pursuing group clear of the main peloton.

Tinkoff-Saxo rider Contador made his move with two kilometres to go and Froome was forced to ride flat-out to respond.

While he limited the damage, though, he could not prevent Contador taking an eight-second lead in the overall standings and depriving him of the yellow jersey.

American Andrew Talansky, fifth in the stage with Froome seventh, lies third overall for Garmin-Sharp with Belkin's Wilco Kelderman the only other man within a minute of Contador.

Froome remained upbeat, telling Team Sky's website: "Obviously I'm disappointed to lose the yellow jersey, but in the same breath, I think we can take a lot away from today - it was such a strong team performance.

"I took a bit of a knock yesterday in the crash and lost a bit of energy because of that. I felt a bit blocked through my thighs, especially where I landed yesterday, but I'm not going to let that get me down.

"I think it's normal that I was a little bit off and Alberto rode a fantastic race, so respect to him. He took the race on when it was at its hardest, and he's got the jersey to show for it."