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Contador snatches Froome's lead

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Chris Froome has lost his lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after Alberto Contador took the yellow jersey with a late attack in Saturday's penultimate stage.

Froome, who began stage seven with a 12-second lead, was hit on the counter by Contador in the final two kilometres to finish 20 seconds clear of the Brit and an eight-second overall lead.

Lieuwe Westra took the stage win ahead of Yuri Trofimov.

"Obviously I'm disappointed to lose the yellow jersey, but in the same breath, I think we can take a lot away from today," Froome told Team Sky's official website. "It was such a strong team performance.

"I took a bit of a knock yesterday in the crash and lost a bit of energy because of that. I felt a bit blocked through my thighs, especially where I landed yesterday, but I'm not going to let that get me down.

"I think it's normal that I was a little bit off and Alberto rode a fantastic race, so respect to him. He took the race on when it was at its hardest, and he's got the jersey to show for it."

Contador added: "I just had to anticipate what the other riders were doing today. It was an incredible battle, but it is not over yet."

Sunday's eighth and final stage covers the 131.5km from Megeve to Courchevel.

Stage seven results:

1. Lieuwe Westra (Astana) 4 hours 32 minutes 52 seconds
2. Yury Trofimov (Katusha) +7 seconds
3. Egor Silin (Katusha) +16 seconds
4. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) +1 minute 33 seconds
5. Andrew Talansky (Garmin) +1 minute 51 seconds

Overall standings after stage seven:

1. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) 27 hours 46 minutes 51 seconds
2. Chris Froome (Sky) +8 seconds
3. Andrew Talansky (Garmin) +39 seconds
4. Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) +59 seconds
5. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto) +1 minute 14 seconds

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