Chris Froome is leading the way in the Criterium du Dauphine after another stage win.
The British rider is currently 12 seconds ahead of yellow jersey rival Alberto Contador.
After Bradley Wiggins' admission last week that, at the moment, he will not be riding in the tour, Froome has all but confirmed that he will be Team Sky's leader by taking his second dominant win in the second stage of the Criterium.
The race is seen as one of the final warm-ups before the Tour begins with the winner likely to be named as the favourite. Team Sky will be looking to make it three titles in a row when Froome takes the starting line.
Saxo-Tinkoff rider Contador is seen as Froome's main rival for the yellow jersey alongside Astana star Vincenzo Nibali. However, the Kenyan-born Brit asserted his authority by sprinting away from his rivals in the final 5km to claim the summit stage win.
The Tour de France begins on British soil with the Grand Depart scheduled to begin in Yorkshire on 5th July. Three stages will be contested around England with the third and final stage finishing on the Mall before the Tour heads back over to the more familiar and traditional surroundings of France.
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