Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome slips to seventh but remains in touch with leaders

Elia Viviani wins second stage from Chatel to Oyonnax

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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.