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Michael Rogers finished 6th In Criterium du Dauphiné
MichaelRogers Team Saxo-Tinkoff was first in line on today’s final stage of Criterium du Dauphine on a mountainous stretch from Sisteron to Risoul where the peloton was challenged with a category 1 uphill finish. In pouring rain, a big break was allowed to get a gap but Team Saxo-Tinkoff put the hurt on the peloton and were reeling in the tenacious escapees at the top of the penultimate climb.

However, on the gruelling descent the Spanish rider was brought to the ground by a rider crashing just in front of him and Team Sky went to the front to control the pace. Going fast behind, Alberto Contador made his way to the front at the bottom of the final climb.

5 kilometers from the finish line, Tony Gallopin (Radioshack) launched an attack and Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador responded immediately while teammate, Michael Rogers was dropped from the group. Captain, Alberto Contador made an abrupt stop to his attack to drop back and help and support Michael Rogers.

Chris Froome (Sky) managed to take advantage of the situation and launched an attack with teammate, Richie Porte on his wheel and they were trying intensely to catch the leading rider, Alessandro De Marchi (Canondale) but without luck, The Canaondale rider won the stage and Froome took second while Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Rogers fought his way to the finish line bravely supported by teammate, Alberto Contador.

Saxo-Tinkoff’s Michael Rogers finished 6th overall and Alberto Contador finished 10th overall:

”Focusing entirely on the stage result, then we’re disappointed as our goal was a stage win and to secure the overall spot on the podium. Having said that, I’m happy to having witnessed not only Alberto but the entire squad getting stronger throughout this past week and it has become a far more composed team. Today, the team did a very job in the chase but Michael simply didn’t have the energy in the finale. Now, we’re looking forward to the coming few weeks of refining the condition before the main goal of the season, Tour de France,” said DS, Philippe Mauduit after the stage.

 

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