Team Sky keep Bradley Wiggins in the Dauphine lead

BRADLEY Wiggins will wear the leader’s yellow jersey in the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine after a commanding performance from Team Sky yesterday.

The sixth stage of the race into Morzine was won by Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, with Cadel Evans taking second place after staging a late break. Wiggins finished fourth to leave his lead at the top of the overall standings at one minute 20 seconds and further enhance his credentials as a Tour de France contender.

Team Sky put on a masterclass on the final climb of the day – the Col de Joux-Plane – and now have three riders in the top four.

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Michael Rogers jumped into second place with Christopher Froome behind Evans in fourth.

Team Sky’s assault on the Col de Joux-Plane was led by Edvald Boasson Hagen, who set a searing tempo before Richie Porte took over. By the summit, the peloton had been reduced to just ten as first Vincenzo Nibali and then Tony Martin dropped off the pace. Four – Wiggins, Porte, Froom and Rogers – were in Team Sky.

Quintana and then Evans broke away on the fast descent but Team Sky carried Wiggins home in fourth and in control of the race.

Andy Schleck from Radioshack pulled out of the race during the 167.5km stage due to injuries from Thursday’s time trial crash.

Today’s final stage takes the riders on the 124.5km route from Morzine to Chatel and up another five categorised climbs.

• Slovakian Liquigas rider Peter Sagan pulled off a shock yesterday by beating Radioshack’s Swiss time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara by four seconds in a 7.3km time trial on the shores of Lake Lugano on the first stage of the Tour de Suisse.