Chris Froome slipped to seventh place overall but stayed in touch with the leaders after the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine from Chatel to Oyonnax today.
The 28-year-old finished near the front of the peleton in the traditional Tour de France warm-up race, with the stage won by Elia Viviani in a sprint finish.
Having started the day in fifth place, Froome dropped two places but has the same time as third-placed Frenchman Tony Gallopin, one minute and 57 seconds behind leader David Veilleux of Canada.
Froome's Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas moved up to 10th place, and has the same time as Froome.
Viviani's fast finish saw off second-placed Belgian Gianni Meersman with Gallopin in third. Meersman is also in second place overall.