Sa­gan wins hilly Tour stage as Froome avoids trou­ble

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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.

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