British rider Chris Froome has put himself in a strong position for general classification after taking third in the Criterium du Dauphine time trial.

The Team Sky man, after stage four, is now second in the general classification after he gained on his rivals during the flat 32.5-kilometre course.

The stage was won by Tony Martin as he donned his rainbow jersey around the Parc des Oiseaux course and dominated the time trial. 

The Omega Pharma Quick Step rider averaged over 52 kilometres per hour and beat Rohan Dennis of Garmin Sharp by 47 seconds.

But it was a successful day for Team Sky. Four of their riders set times in the top 10, meaning they now have four riders in the top six overall.

Froome managed a time of 37 minutes and 46 seconds, sitting in a strong position, just five seconds off the yellow and blue jersey as the race heads into the mountains.

Edvald Boasson Hagen, winner of stage four, ended the day with the sixth fastest time with Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas in seventh and tenth respectively.

The stage caused a substantial shake-up at the top of the general classification with Australian youngster Rohan Dennis moving into the lead.

With Froome just five seconds off Dennis in second, team-mates Boasson Hagem, Porte and Thomas occupy places fourth through to sixth and are 32, 33 and 55 seconds back respectively.

David Veilleux of Europcar was hoping to protect his overnight lead but his time-trial time meant he fell to seventh on the general classification.

Alberto Contador had a day to forget as he went into stage four level on time with Froome but after a disappointing time-trial he is now trailing the Brit by 2 minutes 45 seconds.


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