11 Jun 2016 - 8:05 AM  UPDATED 11 Jun 2016 - 9:09 AM

Richie Porte showed confirmed again that his form is very sharp heading into the Tour de France, with his second runner-up stage finish in the Criterium du Dauphine.

Looking comfortable up the final climb of the stage, the BMC rider covered moves from Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), before being the only one who could match Chris Froome's (Sky) acceleration with 2.5 kilometres to go. 

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He worked well with his former team-mate, stretching out the advantage over mutual rival Contador before trying to beat Froome in the finals dash to the line. 

“The team was really good around me today so I’m happy with how things are. To be honest it was probably better than expected. It was a really hard day. Today showed that I’m in a good place. To ride away with Froomey like that is a good sign. For the moment I’ll enjoy this, it’s a good result.”

“I knew it was hard from six to two kilometers but when Froomey attacked like that and you see guys crack, it gives you a bit more inspiration to keep pushing on.

"We still put good time into the other guys, so I’m happy with that. Both Froomey and I are in good form for July, we’re both going so well. It’s a little bit different to be riding for yourself and I’m quite enjoying it.”

He will be used to the familiar sight of the British rider in a yellow jersey and will now have to work to shift the paradigm to bring himself to the point where he can beat his former leader.

He's clearly thinking like a proper contender at the moment, evaluating the form of key rival Contador before looking ahead to the racing to come.

“Obviously Contador didn’t have a good day but there’s still two more days to come, and it’s still not July. The goal now is to recover as best as possible for the Queen Stage tomorrow.”

Saturday 11 Jun 2016

British climber Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE) finished third on stage five of the Criterium du Dauphine, reaffirming his ability to go with the best on the tough mountain stages.
The San Sebastian winner hid in the bunch throughout the stage before following the attacks on the last climb. He bridged across to the pair of Contador (Tinkoff) and Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) in the final kilometres before sprinting past the pair to take third.
The placing moves Yates up to sixth overall on the general classification and only ten seconds behind Julien Alaphillipe (Etixx-QuickStep) in the battle for the young rider's white jersey.
“What a day,” said the Orica-GreenEDGE's sports director Lorenzo Lapage. “The stage began so fast today, the speed didn’t let up for 140 kilometres and there was no moment to take a breath.
"The whole team were fantastic, the work ethic and the intelligence from our guys was faultless.'

“Adam was fantastic in the finale, climbing with and then beating some of the worlds best is a really positive sign for the next two days and also for the big races we have coming up."

“Tomorrow will be even tougher, the first climb comes after only six kilometres followed by the Col de la Madeleine. We had that in our minds today and the guys conserved as much energy as possible for these next two stages.”

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Alberto Contador seemed far from dispirited after losing time to Porte and Froome on the short climb to end Stage 5 of the Dauphine. Contador spoke after the stage.

“In the final I tried to follow Chris and Richie but it came down to having the legs, which I always said before the race was what I was here to test."

"I’m happy because this time it was not me in the jersey and I think that day by day we will go better - tomorrow’s another day.”

Contador is renowned for his attacking style and never-say-die attitude towards racing for the victory and the last two stages should be no different for the Spaniard who can be expected to come out with all guns blazing.

“We will see what happens tomorrow," said Contador. "I’m sure that day by day I will go better. Anything can happen.

"The only thing that’s important for me is that I’m ready for the Tour de France. It’s the last race before the Tour and I want to be 100%.

"We’ll see how my legs feel here and we’ll do some work after the race ends, because the final week of the Tour will be very hard, and now I will work on my recovery before tomorrow’s stage.”

Contador now sits 27 seconds behind Froome on the general classification but will have two tough mountains stages left to make up lost time.