Dimension Data’s Steve Cummings made a solo attack out of the breakaway in stage 7 of the Critérium du Dauphiné and held on for over 50 kilometers to take the stage win Sunday. Just over four minutes later, Sky’s Chris Froome arrived at the finish with a select group of GC favorites to seal the overall race victory.
After making it into the initial break that formed going over the Côte des Terrasses some 30km into the day, Cummings decided to take matters into his own hands on the Col de Moissière. He quickly opened up a gap on his fellow escapees, who were ultimately swept up before the finish. But the GC favorites were more concerned with each other than Cummings, who maintained a healthy advantage all the way to the line to take the win in the final stage of the race.
Froome, with the help of a strong Sky squad, held off multiple attacks from Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador on the penultimate climb of the stage, securing a third career Dauphiné title when the GC group reached the finish with only small gaps between the riders.
Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step) took runner-up honors on the stage as the first rider across the line in the yellow jersey group, netting enough bonus seconds to sneak onto the podium in third overall, while Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) finished next and climbed to second on GC. With Martin and Bardet each climbing up a spot on the overall leaderboard, BMC’s Richie Porte slipped off the podium, finishing in fourth overall.
Full report and results to come.