PETER KENNAUGH turned the first Brit to clinch victory up Alpe d'Huez – and he was trailed residence by his greatest mate Ben Swift.
The Manxman and his former Sky staff-mate Swift labored collectively on the penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.
However there was dangerous news for Chris Froome as he misplaced time on common classification to former staff-mate Richie Porte.
The Australian is now odds on to win the normal Tour de France heat-up, with a whopping 1min 2sec lead over Froome with only one stage to go.
Kennaugh stated: "It's unimaginable, this time of yr is actually type to me, as quickly as we get into June and July I appear to have actually good type.
"The Dauphine is one of my favorite races, only for the terrain. What a day trip.
"We set out to exit within the break and make it onerous for BMC and put them beneath strain.
"You would see as soon as the break was established it had a great probability of staying to the end.
"What a means to be there with one of my greatest mates, Swifty, on the finish there.
"It was one thing particular coming over Col de Sarenne with him and chapeau to him ending second on a mountain day.
"I've raced with Swifty since we have been like 9 years previous and in addition the beneath 23 days in Italy, on his day he's an excellent climber. He confirmed that today.
"I wasn't tremendous assured I used to be going to beat him however I knew I had to get rid of him him earlier than it droped down for a dash.
"As soon as we got here around the flip for the final climb I gave it all the things, however he was holding me there, it was by no means straightforward."
Froome continues to be looking for his greatest type after an beneath-par time trial on Wednesday, however has confirmed indicators he is nearly prepared for the race which begins in Dusseldorf on July 1.
PETER KENNAUGH turned the first Brit to clinch victory up Alpe d'Huez – and he was trailed house by his greatest mate Ben Swift.