Never one to shy away from a day spent up the road, Christian Meier was one of several ORICA-GreenEDGE riders instructed to attempt to put himself in the escape group on stage four of the Critérium du Dauphiné. When the 13-strong breakaway took shape over the lumpy opening hour of the race, Meier was there. Yuri Trofimov (Katusha) attacked the breakaway on the Col de Manse to solo to victory. Meier managed 11th place on the stage, 1’31 behind Trofimov.
Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was the best placed rider in the breakaway. The Frenchman was at 2’33 in 23rd place. Due to his amongst the leading 13, Team Sky kept a watchful eye on the time gap, never allowing the breakaway to gain more than five minutes. The group began the final ascent 2’30 ahead of the field.
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC) attacked from the peloton on the Col de Manse. The trio bridged across to several riders from the early breakaway, including Meier. Following a winding descent and a flat run-in to the finish, Hesjedal led the group home, crossing the line in 10th place.
Adam Yates finished in the yellow jersey group, 2’10 behind Trofimov, 1’42 behind Bouet and 40” behind Hesjedal’s group. Bouet gained enough time to crack the top ten overall, bumping Yates down to tenth place. The Briton remains 1’31 behind race leader Chris Froome at the mid-point of the French tour.
"Adam slipped down one spot, but that’s no worry for us. It was a good day for him. The next two days are just days to get through and not lose time. He’s recovering well, so we think there’s a chance he can try something over the weekend." - Sport Director Matt Wilson
|1||Yury Trofimov (Rus) - Team Katusha||3:59:22|
|2||Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) - IAM Cycling||0:00:23|
|3||Pim Ligthart (Ned) - Lotto-Belisol||0:00:25|
|4||Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:00:28|
|5||Peter Velits (Svk) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|6||Maxime Bouet (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|7||Jan Bakelants (Bel) - Omega Pharma Quick Step Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Damiano Caruso (Ita) - Cannondale||ST|
|9||Andriy Grivko (Ukr) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:31|
|10||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - Garmin-Sharp||ST|
|11||Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:31|
|16||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:10|
|28||Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|51||Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|95||Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:09:29|
|116||Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:12:38|
|128||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|152||Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:23|