Ireland’s Dan Martin and Britain’s Geraint Thomas were edged out in a dramatic sprint as Julian Alaphilippe claimed stage four victory at the Criterium du Dauphine.
The trio reined in Dario Cataldo 300 metres from the line in Lans-en-Vercors after the Astana Pro Team rider had established a lead of two minutes and 10 seconds over the peloton with just 10km to go.
Cataldo was still 45 secs clear of the Team Sky-led chasing pack with just 2km of the 181km stage to go, but was eventually swallowed up as the stage reached its climax.
Ultimately, it was Quick-Step Floors’ Alaphilippe who crossed the line in front in a time of 4.26.58 with UAE Team Emirates’ Martin and Sky’s Thomas in hot pursuit.
Team Sky remain in the top three places in the general classification with Gianni Moscon having leapfrogged Michal Kwiatkowski into first place and Thomas in third with only six seconds separating them and Frenchman Alaphilippe 48 seconds behind the leader in fourth.