Froome wins back-to-back stages

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iol spt june9 Froome AFP File picture: Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine. Photo by: AFP

Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Spanish arch-rival Alberto Contador.

After victory in Sunday's opening time-trial stage, Froome ensured himself of the race leader's yellow jersey on the 156km second stage that ended with a gruelling 13.6km climb of the Col du Beal.

A breakaway by Alessandro de Marchi was eventually reeled in with 7.5km to go despite a 2min 40sec lead the Italian had going into the final ascent.

Froome was followed home by Contador, with Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman in third, 4sec adrift.

The Kenyan-born Briton, the reigning Tour de France champion, now stands 12sec clear of Contador, himself twice a winner of the Grand Tour, in the overall classification.

Tuesday's third stage is a 194km ride from Ambert to Teil.– AFP


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