Criterium du Dauphine results & GC: Bilbao wins stage, Thomas defends lead

  • Criterium du Dauphine results & GC: Bilbao wins stage, Thomas defends lead

Criterium du Dauphine results & GC: Bilbao wins stage, Thomas defends lead

Froome's Giro participation ensured he was absent from this year's Criterium du Dauphine as he rested up ahead of the Tour, where he will attempt to complete a rare Giro-Tour double.

Team Sky's Thomas came home 21 seconds behind Spain's Bilbao (Astana), who staged a heroic solo effort 12 kilometres from the finish to triumph.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas defended his race lead after stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine in La Rosière Espace San Bernardo today.

Yates finished the punishing 136-kilometre ride from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais four seconds ahead of Spaniard Daniel Navarro, with Frenchman Romain Bardet in third place, nine seconds behind the stage victor.

Briton Adam Yates, riding for Mitchelton, is second overall, 1min 29sec behind Thomas.

"Without the boys here I would not have won the Dauphine".

After catching up with the main leaders with 30km remaining, he crossed the line a handful of seconds off the pace without ever being in danger of losing possession of the yellow jersey.

"It's not a great situation for him, the team or just cycling in general", Thomas said. "I managed to get a few more bonus seconds which is good".

Adam Yates was extremely happy to win the stage after a hard week of racing.

"It's been two back-to-back hard stages", he added.

The 32-year-old Thomas, victor of Paris-Nice in 2016, is coming into form at just the right time with the Tour de France a month away. "Romain Bardet was trying to overtake me in the GC but every time I responded".

Thomas is next due to race in the National Road Race championships in Northumberland where he is down to do the time trial (29 June) and the road race (1 July).