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Chris Froome retains yellow jersey at Criterium du Dauphine

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Yuri Trofimov raced to victory on stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine after escaping the breakaway on the final climb.

Trofimov was part of a 13-man breakaway group but on the final ascent the Russian broke clear before maintaining his lead on the descent to the finish in Gap.

The 30-year-old finished 23 seconds ahead of second placed Gustav Larsson and 25 seconds in front of third placed Pim Ligthart.

Trofimov was pleased with the result and admitted knowing the climb helped him push on and win.

According to Sky Sports, the Russian said: I can't believe I won. I knew this climb since the Tour de France last year. I was already in the breakaway.

"In the beginning of the stage, I saved my legs for the end, then I rode flat out on the climb. I gave the maximum. Now I would like to add a stage at the Tour de France as well.”

Trofimov's breakaway group were just under three minutes ahead of the peloton when they began the category two Col de Manse and the Katusha rider rode clear of the breakaway group to take a 33 second lead over the top of the mountain before descending towards the finish line.

This was Trofimov's first win since April 2009.

Team Sky's Chris Froome will stay in the yellow jersey after finishing safely within the peloton with all his main rivals, 2 minutes 10 seconds behind Trofimov.

Froome did suffer a puncture with just 20km to go but after a quick bike change and the help of Geraint Thomas the defending champion got himself back in the peloton.

The team Sky rider admitted the team didn't wanted tot take any risks and were happy with how the racing went today.

Froome said: “I’m really happy. We were relaxed coming into the stage and it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if Ag2r-La Mondiale had taken the jersey from the break with Maxime Bouet in it, but in the end the race was so fast that we were able to keep it.

“We didn’t want to take any risks on that last descent and we always had the situation under control.”

Stage four result

1 Yuri Trofimov (Rus) Katusha, 3:59:22
2 Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling, +23secs
3 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Belisol, +25
4 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin, +28
5 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC, st
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
7 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale, st
9 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana, +1:31
10 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp, st


General classification

1 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, 14:09:19
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo, +12secs
3 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +21
4 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp, +33
5 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol, +35
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, +50
7 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +1:01
8 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing, +1:22
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, same time
10 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, +1:31

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