Stages one and two belonged to Chris Froome, but his rivals are fighting back at the Criterium du Dauphine.
As Simon Spilak soloed to Katusha’s second consecutive victory – after Yuri Trofimov’s stage four success – further back Alberto Contador was turning up the heat on Froome and co.
El Pistolero‘s attack on the penultimate descent was a display of power and a reminder this race is certainly not over yet.
With 12 seconds separating Froome and Contador and three stages remaining, the fight for pre-Tour supremacy is going to the wire.
Re-live stage five in the full-screen gallery of Stefano Sirotti’s photos below.
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Jack Bobridge bears the scars of the early crash which brought down several riders in the bunch (pic: Sirotti)
Daryl Impey was one of several strong riders to eventually form the day's break (pic: Sirotti)
Serial escapees, French champion Arthur Vichot and legendary hardman Jens Voigt all made the split
Points mean prizes
There was only one thing on Alessandro de Marchi's mind as he joined the break though - racking up the King of the Mountains points
Alberto Contador worked hard to earn a gap on the descent and kept his rivals in check even when he had been caught (pic: Sirotti)
It was the first time all race Chris Froome had appeared vulnerable, but both he and the team rallied well (pic: Sirotti)
Danny Pate and Geraint Thomas - both of whom were caught up in the crash - worked hard on the front for Froome (pic: Sirotti)
Simon Spilak, stage winner in Romandie, attacked the original break to earn an unassailable advantage at the front and secure another victory (pic: Sirotti)
Adam Yates attacked off the front of the reduced bunch behind Spilak (pic: Sirotti)
Wilco Kelderman took second place to earn a time bonus and a few seconds on his rivals - the result being a move to joint second overall. Yates' third place earned him his first career WorldTour points (pic: Sirotti)
Alberto Contador looks satisfied with his day's work - his smile a very ominous sign for his rivals (pic: Sirotti)
Leave nothing behind
Simon Spilak reflects on a victory which saw him leave everything on the road (pic: Sirotti)
King of the hills
Alessandro de Marchi, meanwhile, will roll out for stage six in the polka dot jersey (pic: Sirotti)