Peter Sagan Takes Stage 5 as Tour de France Hits the Hills
QUIMPER, France — Peter Sagan had the yellow jersey holder to thank for his victory on Stage 5 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.
Chris Froome could also thank his Team Sky colleagues for keeping him out of danger — as well as helping overcome a mechanical problem — within the race’s first hilly stage.
Greg Van Avermaet mistimed his sprint as well as Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, took advantage to claim his second victory in This kind of year’s event.
“I don’t know if he did the idea on purpose or if he wanted to drop everybody nevertheless I have to say thanks,” Sagan said.
Van Avermaet still increased his overall lead over his BMC teammate Tejay van Garderen to two seconds by gaining precious time in an intermediate bonus sprint.
After a move via Philippe Gilbert, Van Avermaet accelerated out of the final turn with 300 meters (yards) to go nevertheless couldn’t maintain his pace.
“I tried to win the stage, nevertheless the idea was pretty complicated,” Van Avermaet said. “Phil went early as well as he’s still pretty close on GC (general classification) so I couldn’t let him go. I think I went too early within the sprint. I thought the corner was closer to the finish than the idea genuinely was.”
In a repeat of Stage 2, Sagan held off Sonny Colbrelli within the sprint, with Gilbert finishing third.
Sagan clocked nearly 5 hours over the undulating leg through Brittany, which contained 5 categorized climbs over a 204.5-kilometer (127-mile) route via Lorient to Quimper, as well as resembled just one-day classic.
Gilbert, a former world champion, moved up to third overall, three seconds off the pace.
Froome, the four-time champion who trails Van Avermaet by 57 seconds in 15th spot, finished within the main pack with the some other favorites.
There was a nervy moment for Froome when he had to stop because of a mechanical issue with 70 kilometers remaining.
His teammate Michal Kwiatkowski attempted to fix the problem, nevertheless Froome was later forced to stop again as well as change his bike.
Kwiatkowski as well as two some other teammates then quickly escorted Froome back to the peloton.
Froome as well as Sky were also at the front within the finale, ceding the lead to the stage hunters only within the final kilometer.
“Everyone knew which was going to be a tricky finish today, a very undulating day — never genuinely flat — just up as well as down,” Froome said. “A nice day to have behind us.
“the idea’s the kind of stage where something can be wrong as well as you quickly find yourself losing 30-40 seconds if you get caught out of position. the idea was a day to stay up front as well as genuinely stay on the idea.”
Seven riders broke away eight kilometers into the stage. The group established a lead of about four minutes as they wound along the Atlantic coast through picturesque towns like Riec-sur-Belon — which will be famous for its oysters — as well as Pont-Aven — which inspired artists like Paul Gauguin.
While Brittany will be usually rainy as well as windy, This kind of time the idea was sunny as well as racing conditions were perfect. Fans waving the black-as well as-white striped flag of the region swarmed the climbs.
Sylvain Chavanel, the 39-year-old riding in a record 18th Tour, launched a solo attack via the breakaway with 100 kilometers remaining nevertheless didn’t get far.
The French rider Elie Gesbert, another member of the breakaway, crashed on a short descent, ending up in a ditch as well as appearing to scrape his face along a stone wall. nevertheless he got back on his bike as well as continued.
Lilian Calmejane as well as Tom Skujins, the last remaining members of the breakaway, were caught by the main pack with 10 kilometers to go.
The Tour remains in Brittany for Stage 6 on Thursday, another hilly leg of 181 kilometers (112 miles) via Brest to Mur-De-Bretagne Guerledan, including two climbs of the short nevertheless steep Mur-de-Bretagne.
“We always see a bit of action there,” Froome said. “I sometimes prefer those stages to the fast, flat stages.”