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Wednesday 17 September 2014

In brief: Chris Froome maintains Dauphine advantage

CYCLING

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

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Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky, wearing the yellow leaders jersey, celebrates on the podium after the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine between Ambert and Le Teil, France
Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky, wearing the yellow leaders jersey, celebrates on the podium after the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine between Ambert and Le Teil, France

Chris Froome remains in charge of the Criterium du Dauphine after a third day which saw the sprinters take centre stage.

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Froome was well protected by his Sky team-mates on the 194k route from Ambert to Le Teil and crossed the finish line amid a large pack, with Nikias Arndt taking the stage win.

Arndt had to go to a photo finish to get the nod ahead of Jurgen Roelandts, with the two neck-and-neck over a thrilling last 100 metres.

Froome was given the same time as the pair, preserving his 12-second lead over Alberto Contador at the head of the classification.

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