Bradley Wiggins retains Criterium lead

LES GETS, France -- French rider Christophe Kern counterattacked on the final climb to win the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday, while Bradley Wiggins of Britain retained the yellow jersey.

Kern completed the 130-mile stage in 5 hours, 5 minutes, 3 seconds to earn his first victory since 2004. His career was derailed by a knee injury in 2006 when he collided with a scooter during training.

Chris Sorensen of Denmark finished second, seven seconds behind Kern. Thomas Voeckler of France was third, nine seconds back.

In the overall standings, Wiggins still leads Cadel Evans of Australia by 1:11. Defending champion Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia remained in third place, 1:21 back.

Jason McCartney of the United States broke away at the 59-mile mark to build a lead that reached 12:30. But he was reeled in about five miles from the finish.

Oliver Zaugg of Switzerland went on the attack in the final climb, but was overtaken by Kern two miles from the end. The French rider produced a strong effort to hold off a late charge from Alexandre Vinokourov.

On Saturday, riders have a 119-mile trek from Les Gets to Le Collet d'Allevard. The race ends Sunday.