Duo finish well on tricky fifth stage

11 Jul 2018

Duo finish well on tricky fifth stage

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Team Sky rode hard to ensure Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas held firm on the general classification following stage five at the Tour de France.

Team Sky hit the front to set a tempo in the final kilometres to keep Thomas and Froome to the fore, finishing in a select lead group, 12th and 14th respectively after 204.5km on tough Breton roads.
Michal Kwiatkowski and Egan Bernal strung out the peloton on the final drag up to the finish in Quimper, which saw Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) emerge with another stage win in the uphill sprint.
Thomas now sits fourth overall, five seconds off race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) after a number of immediate rivals picked up time bonuses on the punchy finale. Froome continued his rise up the GC and now holds 15th place, 57 seconds back.
With 64.5km remaining Froome stopped and required a bike change. With Michal Kwiatkowski at his side, Gianni Moscon and Jonathan Castroviejo also quickly dropped back to calmly pace Froome back to the bunch.
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

It was a day to stay up front and really stay on it."
Following the stage, Froome reflected on an impressive team performance on tricky terrain which required good positioning from the team throughout the closing stages.

He said: “Everyone knows that was going to be a tricky finish today, a very undulating day - never really flat - just up and down, up and down. A nice day to have behind us really

“It’s the kind of stage where something can be wrong and you quickly find yourself losing 30-40 seconds if you get caught out of position. It was a day to stay up front and really stay on it. 

“The guys rode fantastically and we took the race on in the last 20-30km and kept us upfront really well so I’m really happy with that.”

Froome moved up two places to 15th following the strong top 20 finish and while pleased, the 33 year old knows he has a tough two weeks coming up, adding: “After the TTT a lot of the things on GC evened out with a lot of the guys, again for me obviously having lost time on stage one for me it was important [to bounce back].

“I think [Tom] Dumoulin stands out as one of the guys who is still quite far ahead, he’s right up there but there’s a lot of racing to come still.”

“Tomorrow we take on the Mûr-de-Bretagne two times, we always see a bit of action there and I sometimes prefer those stages to the fast, flat stages.”
Stage five result:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:48:06
2. Sonny Colbrelli  (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
3. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
4. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) s.t.
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) s.t. 
12. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) s.t.
14. Chris Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
Overall classification:

1. Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 18:22:00
2. Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) +2”
3. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) +3”
4. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +5”
5. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +7"
15. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +57”

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