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Peter Sagan sprints to victory in Tour de France Stage 5

Peter Sagan sprints to victory in Tour de France Stage 5”

Van Aert, riding in his debut Tour since converting from cyclo-cross, closed in to within 14 seconds of the overall lead and maintains his under-25 s white jersey as the buzz around him continues to grow.

Peter Sagan triumphed in a thrilling bunch finish Wednesday to clinch stage five of the Tour de France.

"I just have to ride with passion and the victory comes", he added. "Tomorrow is going to be a huge test, for me and everyone", said Alaphilippe, who took the overall lead on Monday with a gun-slinging offensive from 15 kilometres. It's very nice for us.

While France's overall leader Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep will embark in yellow again on the first real mountain test in the Alsace in Eastern France in today's stage 6, the local hero almost further endeared himself to the home fans after having a tilt at the stage win with a downhill charge after the final climb.

"As it's often the case with rib fractures, the pain increases in the second and third day following the crash and, although Patrick wanted to try and race on stage six, this morning we collectively made the decision that he should stop racing in order to recover well and focus on his goals in the second part of the season", CCC team doctor Max Testa said. "It's just everybody needs good luck and a good day for a win", he said.

The yellow jersey contenders, their eyes already firmly set on the challenges to come, all crossed the line safely in the pack to ensure there was no significant movement in the standings.

And Thomas admitted that Thursday's stage favours his younger team-mate.

"It's all for one and one for all in this team, you need to defend each other and friendship goes a long way in this sport", he said of the help Alaphilippe had given in winning his first Tour de France stage. We will find out a lot tomorrow. I heard that the last climb is even longer now.

Perhaps the former world champion thought a Hulk like effort was necessary for victory at this Tour de France. That sort of climb favours the punchy, pure climbers, Egan for one.

Many had tipped a breakaway for success on Wednesday's stage, which included four categorised climbs, including the category two Trois-Epis and the category three Cinq Chateaux in the final 45km. Both Alexey Lutsenko and Omar Fraile finished in the top 20 (15th and 16th) in today's sprint, Jakob Fuglsang finished in the same group.



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