Britain’s Chris Froome finished eighth on stage two of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday to maintain third place in the overall standings.
The Team Sky rider, 31, was part of a group that finished two seconds behind Movistar stage winner Jesus Herrada.
Spaniard Herrada made a decisive break, accelerating up the final climb for victory at Chalmazel-Jeansagniere.
Spain’s Alberto Contador is the overall leader, six seconds ahead of Richie Porte, having won Sunday’s time trial.
Contador, a two-time Tour de France winner, is yet to win the eight-stage, week-long Dauphine, but has twice finished second – in 2010 and 2014.
Froome, also a two-time Tour winner, is 13 seconds off Tinkoff rider Contador heading into Wednesday’s hilly third stage from Boen-sur-Lignon to Tournon-sur-Rhone.
The Kenya-born rider was not named by British Cycling on Tuesday in a list of athletes who will compete for the British Championships later this month, with team-mate Geraint Thomas also absent.
Froome will instead focus on the Tour de France, which begins on 2 July, ahead of his bid for Olympic gold in the road race in Rio in August.
Criterium du Dauphine stage two result:
1. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) 4hrs 13mins 43secs
2. Tony Gallopin (Fra/Lotto) +2secs
3. Serge Pauwels (Bel/Dimension Data) same time
4. Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra/ Direct Energie)
5. Daniel Moreno (Spa/Movistar)
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek)
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing)
8. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)
9. Valerio Conti (Ita/Lampre)
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa/Katusha)
1. Alberto Contador (Spa/ Tinkoff) 8hrs 53mins 14secs
2. Richie Porte (Aus/BMC Racing) +6secs
3. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +13secs
4. Daniel Martin (Ire/Etixx-Quick-Step) +21secs
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Etixx-Quick-Step) +24secs
6. Jesus Herrada (Spa/Movistar) +27secs
7. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +31secs
8. Diego Rosa (Ita/Astana) +37secs
9. Daniel Navarro (Spa/Cofidis) +43secs
10. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +48secs