the big maneuvers begin, a favorite trapped

the big maneuvers begin, a favorite trapped

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48km – Ben O’Connor first favorite trapped!

The Australian Ben O’Connor is the first favorite in the general classification to be trapped on the cobbles! Despite being surrounded by his teammates, O’Connor is nearly a minute behind the front of the pack.

53 km – Quick Step rolls hard at the entrance to the Eswars sector in Paillencourt

The Quick-Step decides to launch the big maneuvers via Kasper Asgreen and Mikkel Honore who start in pairs! Jasper Stuyven and Stefan Bisseger make the connection.

62 km – Vlasov back, Bauer and Pedersen resume

Thanks to the work of his teammates, Aleksandr Vlasov is back in the peloton shortly before the cobbled section from Eswars to Paillencourt. During this time, Mads Pedersen and Jack Bauer, gone against, are taken over by the peloton led by the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl.

67 km – Mechanical problem for Vlasov

The tile for Vlasov, victim of a mechanical problem after this first cobblestone sector. Fortunately for the Russian, there are still ten markers left before the next sector. He should be able to get back into the peloton before the second unpaved section.

74 km – Sagan falls just before the cobblestones

A few meters from the entrance to the Fressain sector in Villers-au-Tertre, Peter Sagan slipped from the front wheel when he was at the forefront. The Slovak leaves in last position. The first sector passed without incident for the favorites as Jack Bauer and Mads Pedersen spun.

77 km – Let’s go for the cobblestones!

The six leading men begin the first cobblestone sector named in honor of Adrien Petit. The peloton should follow within four minutes.

83 km – The fall of Van Aert benefited the breakaways

Following the fall of the yellow jersey, the peloton slowed down to favor the return of the leader of the general classification. The six leading men took the opportunity to increase their lead. They are now 4’13 ahead of the peloton.

87 km – Van Aert back in the peloton

After his adventures, Wout van Aert is back in the peloton about ten kilometers from the first cobbled section.

91 km – Van Aert almost hits the DSM car

A few kilometers after his fall, Wout van Aert almost hit the DSM car at the back of the peloton. In the wake of the German team’s car, WvA was talking with Steven Kruijswijk when the car braked in front of the yellow jersey. His agility acquired in cyclo-cross allows him to dodge the machine at the last moment. He passed not far from the correctional.

96 km – Wout van Aert waterfall!

While the first cobbled sector is not yet under the wheels of the riders, Wout van Aert went to the ground. At the exit of a roundabout, the Belgian got into a collision with his teammate Steven Kruijswijk. Van Aert seems hit in the collarbone but he is still back on his bike.

103 km – 51 km/h average in the first hour of the race

The peloton is under pressure and does not let slip the breakaways, whose lead stagnates at 2’40. All teams want to be up front before the dreaded cobblestones. Result of the races: the runners covered 51 kilometers in the first hour of the race. The arrival in Arenberg should be earlier than expected.

117 km – Jakobsen takes the points of the peloton in the intermediate sprint

The big points of the intermediate sprint in Mérignies having gone into the hands of the breakaways, Fabio Jakobsen is content with the remaining nine points. He is ahead of Wout van Aert who takes eight. The yellow jersey now has 178 points in the green jersey standings, 61 ahead of Jakobsen.

127 km – Six men with a 2’30 lead over the peloton

The trio of Magnus Cort Nielsen, Taco van der Hoorn and Edvald Boasson Hagen were joined by another trio with Neilson Powless, Alexis Gougeard and Simon Clarke. The six leading men have a 2’30 lead as the first cobbled section arrives in 40 km.

First fall of the day

Max Walscheid (Cofidis) is the first of the day to fall. The German crashed over a speed bump and his wheel even seemed to break.

After a change of bike he was able to leave and will try to join the peloton. With the cobblestones throughout this 5th stage, we risk being entitled to other crashes this Wednesday.

The trio breaks away, pursuers want to join them

The trio of Magnus Cort, Taco van der Hoorn and Edvald Boasson Hagen broke away and took a 47 second lead over the peloton.

Another trio with Powless, Gougeard and Clarke looking to join the leading men to form the breakaway of the day. 29 seconds behind for the second trio.

And already an attack

A group of three riders including Magnus Cort, the polka dot jersey, set off in an effort to get out of the peloton.

Accompanied by Taco van der Hoorn and Edvald Boasson Hagen, the Dane tries to slip into the breakaway. The trio take a 10 second lead over the peloton.

A Pogacar number on the cobblestones?

Double title holder and favorite in his own succession, Tadej Pogacar could mark the spirits for this stage with cobblestones. Without being a specialist in the Flandrian classics, the Slovenian has meticulously prepared this 5th stage of the Grande Boucle 2022.

“It’s a very important stage. On the cobblestones, there are more than half of the riders who are not Paris-Roubaix or Tour of Flanders riders. So it’s a little different, explained Matxin Fernandez, the manager of UAE at the microphone of RMC Sport before stage 5. Tadej Pogacar is still good on the cobbles. He came to see the sectors and he did the two classic Tour of Flanders and Through Flanders to have a little sensitivity. Racing is today’s race and you have to deal with it. The day after the Tour of Flanders he came to reconnoitre the cobblestones here. He has skill on the bike because he has ridden a cyclo -cross when you were young. But today you have to have everything. You have to be good on the bike, be focused and run well. You also have to have a bit of luck.”

From there to making him a favorite of the stage, his manager does not want to get too excited either.

“I think there are really riders who are focused on that and who have no interest in the general classification and who will interpret the race in a different way. For Tadej you have to think about the general so think about the stage, maybe yes in the final but you already have to be in front and try not to waste time.”

The actual start is given

Let’s go for the 5th stage of the Tour de France between Lille and Arenberg. 157 km of race including several cobbled sections.

The fictitious start was given

The cobblestones on the Tour de France, it’s for today. The race direction gave the fictitious start of this 5th stage. The actual departure will take place in a few moments.

Jumbo-Visma does not want to defend the yellow jersey

Sports director of Jumbo-Visma, Merijn Zeeman gave the priorities of the day for his team: “It’s simple, our objective is the yellow jersey with Primoz Roglic or Jonas Vingegaard and the green jersey with Wout van Aert. Wout van Aert’s yellow is very beautiful, it’s an honor for him and the team, but not a priority for us. We will not defend him,” he told the Flemish press.

Philipsen quips on his celebration

Second in the stage yesterday, Jasper Philipsen distinguished himself by celebrating this place, thinking he would win. But Wout Van Aert had arrived a few seconds before him. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider addressed the yellow jersey on his Twitter account: “Well, Wout, as you could see, I’m really happy with this second place.”

Why you shouldn’t miss today’s stage

The fifth stage of the Tour de France will offer 11 cobbled sections to the riders this Wednesday, something to worry many leaders who are playing the general classification. The race promises to be lively but also divided between those who want to win the stage and the others who will try to limit the damage.

welcome to all

Hello and welcome to all for a live commentary of the fifth stage of the Tour de France, between Lille and Wallers Arenberg. There will be 157 kilometers to cover, including nearly 20 kilometers on cobblestones, for 11 sectors in total. This is enough to worry the various leaders of the general classification.

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