Sagan wins hilly Tour stage as Froome avoids trouble
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 — and helping overcome a mechanical problem — in the race’s first hilly stage.
Greg Van Avermaet mistimed his sprint and Sagan, the three-time reigning world champion with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, took advantage to claim his second victory in this year’s event.
“I don’t know if he did it on purpose or if he wanted to drop everybody but I have to say thanks,” Sagan said.
Van Avermaet still increased his overall lead over BMC teammate Tejay van Garderen to two seconds by gaining precious time in an intermediate bonus sprint.
After a move from Philippe Gilbert, Van Avermaet accelerated out of the final turn with 300 meters (yards) to go but couldn’t maintain his pace.
“I tried to win the stage but it was kilometers remaining. pretty complicated,” Teammate Michal Kwiatkowski attempted to fix the Van Avermaet problem but Froome was said. later forced to stop again “Phil went and change his bike. early and he’s Kwiatkowski and two other still pretty close on GC teammates then quickly (general classification) so I escorted Froome back to the couldn’t let him go. I think I peloton. went too early in the sprint. Froome and Sky were I thought the corner was also at the front in the finale, closer to the finish than it ceding the lead to the really was.” stage hunters only in the final
In a repeat of Stage 2, Sagan kilometer. held off Sonny Colbrelli “Everyone knew that was in the sprint, with Gilbert going to be a tricky finish today, finishing third. a very undulating day
Sagan clocked nearly five — never really flat — just up hours over the undulating
and down,” Froome said. “A leg through Brittany, which
nice day to have behind us. contained five categorized climbs over a 204.5-kilometer “It’s the kind of stage (127-mile) route from where something can be Lorient to Quimper, and wrong and you quickly find resembled a single-day classic. yourself losing 30-40 seconds if you get caught out
Gilbert, a former world of position. It was a day to champion, moved up to stay up front and really stay third overall, three seconds on it.” off the pace. Seven riders broke away
Froome, the four-time eight kilometers into the champion who trails Van stage. The group established Avermaet by 57 seconds in a lead of about four minutes 15th spot, finished in the as they wound along the Atlantic main pack with the other coast through picturesque favorites. towns like Riec-surBelon
There was a nervy moment — which is famous for the British rider for its oysters — and PontAven when he had to stop due to — which inspired artists a mechanical issue with 70 like Paul Gauguin.