his compatriot Alberto Contador held on to the overall lead. Movistar’s Herrada overhauled France’s Tony Gallopin and two other riders in the closing stages of the 168km ride from Creches-sur-Saone to Chalmazel-Jeansagniere in the Loire.
Froome finished eighth, gaining four seconds on leader Contador, leaving the two-time Tour de France winner third overall at 9sec, with Australia’s Richie Porte in second at 6s. Herrada, sixth overall almost half a minute adrift, hailed his Movistar team as “the best in the world with Nairo and Alejandro. “But when they aren’t around, we’ve got chances. As for the overall win, we’ll take it day by day.”
Conti (ITA/LAM) 0:02., 10. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:02.
15. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:02., 23. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 0:02, 24.Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:02., 36. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:21.
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 8hr 53min 14sec, 2. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) at 0:06sec, 3. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:09, 4. Daniel Martin (IRL/ETI) 0:17., 5. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ETI) 0:24., 6. Jesus Herrada (ESP/MOV) 0:27., 7. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:31., 8. Diego Rosa (ITA/AST) 0:37., 9. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 0:43., 10. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 0:44.