Tour de France – Stage 5: Chaos on the cobblestones: drama surrounding Primoz Roglic, Tadej Pogacar scores

The Australian from Team Israel – Premier Tech prevailed in a very tight sprint of the last breakaway ahead of Taco van der Hoorn (Netherlands) and the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

But Pogacar was the second big winner of the day, he finished seventh (+0:51 seconds) at the Arenberg finish, extended his lead over all his big rivals and is ideally placed in the overall standings as fourth (+0:19). in wait.

The best Germans were Max Walscheid and Maximilian Schachmann in 12th and 13th place (+1:04 minutes), Jonas Vingegaard, who was defending the yellow jersey, also arrived in his group, thirteen seconds behind Pogacar, despite bad luck with defects.

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Other co-favorites such as Bora captain Aleksandr Vlasov, Jakob Fuglsang, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana were also in this first field of just over 50 riders.

Roglic big loser after fall

The Slovenian Primoz Roglic (+2:59), on the other hand, counted after a fall to the big losers of the 6th stage and fell in the rating back to rank 44. He struggled to finish with a dislocated shoulder. Australia’s Ben O’Connor even lost 4:12 minutes to the day’s winner, as did Michael Woods from Canada – their hopes for the Tour podium have suffered a big dampener. Jack Haig (Australia), the captain of the Bahrain team, is completely out of the race.

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“It was extremely fast right through the neutral phase, extremely hectic, numerous falls. It was extremely fast towards the first pavés, it didn’t slow down at all. It was an elimination run backwards,” said Schachmann.

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Tour ahead of exciting next stages

John Degenkolb was not able to continue his big cobblestone days. “I’m looking forward to this stage with great anticipation,” said the man from Gera. In 2015 he was one of only two German drivers (besides Josef Fischer/1896) to have had the classic Paris-Roubaix and three years later he did too won the Tour stage to Roubaix. In the peloton, Degenkolb drove over the pavé sector, which is named after him.

Nils Politt, Roubaix second in 2019, showed a very strong performance and worked impressively for his captain Vlasov.

After a hard day on the rough roads, the tour continues southwards, the stress doesn’t get any easier. The sixth and longest section leads on Thursday over 219.9 km from Binche in Belgium to the steep finale in Longwy, before the first mountain finish follows on Friday at the Planche des Belles Filles.

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