Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Peter Sagan Takes Stage 5 as Tour de France Hits the Hills

Peter Sagan Takes Stage 5 as Tour de France Hits the Hills

It was the second victory in the race for Groenewegen, who also won a sprint in last year's concluding stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The peloton split in three just under the 100 kilometre mark with Quick-Step and the main contenders in the first chasing group, followed by a second group which included Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), Dan Martin (UAE), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) and Astana's Jakob Fuglsang.

Riders twice went up the Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany", which the local cycling-crazed Bretons affectionately refer to as their smaller version of the famous Alpe d'Huez.

His deficit to yellow grew to one minute 42 seconds as Greg Van Avermaet finished second to Degenkolb on the day, two parts of a trio 27 seconds ahead of Froome's group. "I knew if I could get a gap it would be hard to close from behind". "I managed to keep my sprint longer". "It was a good opportunity and I seized it".

Both title hopefuls were left behind by the rest of the top riders as they increased the pace hunting for the win that finally went to Daniel Martin of Ireland. "It was good to finish second back then but this time I was coming for victory", Martin said.

This was the fourth sprint stage of this year's Tour, and the fourth in which Cavendish failed to feature, rolling home to a 10th place which is his best of the race so far.

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Although Van Avermaet retains yellow for now, it was in truth a dismal day for BMC.

Sagan, who was been guilty of watching Gaviria a little bit too much in the recent stages, opened up his sprint early today and was overhauled by Groenewegen, Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and the Quick-Step rider.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas remains second, with Van Avermaet's team-mate Tejay Van Garderen third, now eight seconds back.

"We knew there would be some crosswinds and other teams were interested in trying something", said AG2R-La Mondiale manager Vincent Lavenu, whose leader Romain Bardet lost half a minute following a mechanical in the finale of Thursday's sixth stage.

Dumoulin said his bike broke when he knocked into Bardet near the foot of the second of two two-kilometre ascents up the Mur de Bretagne to the finish line.

The upcoming seventh stage runs from Fougeres to Chartres.

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