Daniel Teklehaimanot was part of a large escape group that formed in the opening kilometres of the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné. The 15 rider move included representation from every team except Team Sky, Saxo-Tinkoff, Katusha and Garmin-Sharp. The composition and size of the breakaway encouraged collaboration as the group’s advantage swelled to 5’15 during the second hour of racing.
Katusha and Garmin-Sharp took the initiative in the chase and nearly halved the gap following the Côte de la Croix. The category four climb served as the final appetizer to the Montée de Valmorel hors categorie summit finish. As the break powered towards the base of the mountain, the peloton picked up the pace and continued to close in on the frontrunners.
Bert Wellens (Lotto Belisol), Matthew Busche (RadioShack Leopard Trek) and Teklehaimanot proved strongest in the escape group. As their breakmates dropped back, the trio led the race up the climb. Teklehaimanot, Wellens and Busche each lead the race at various poin on the 12 kilometre ascent with Wellens the first to attack, and Busche the last to be overtaken by the greatly reduced bunch.
"The goal today was to make the breakaway. We had four stages left, and three are best suited to the uphill specialists. We have no riders that fall in that category, but we do have a lot of opportunists,. They’ve all been given a pass to take their chances on any stage except for tomorrow when we’ll focus on Michael Matthews." - Sport Director Matt Wilson
|1||Christopher Froome (GBr) - Sky Procycling||3:28:39|
|2||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:00:04|
|3||Matthew Busche (USA) - RadioShack Leopard||ST|
|4||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team||0:00:10|
|5||Michael Rogers (Aus) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:00:12|
|6||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) - Katusha||ST|
|7||Rein Taaramae (Est) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||ST|
|8||Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:00:21|
|9||Richie Porte (Aus) - Sky Procycling||0:00:24|
|10||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:29|
|32||Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:05|
|64||Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:56|
|116||Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:02|
|124||Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:19:22|
|133||Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|137||Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|139||Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|147||Travis Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|