Pair maintain GC position

10 Jul 2019

Pair maintain GC position

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Tour de France stage five: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges - Colmar, 175.5km

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas retained their overall positions after finishing safely in the bunch as Peter Sagan won stage five of the Tour de France in a bunch sprint. 

Fantastic teamwork from their Team INEOS teammates ensured that the duo were protected on an undulating course that saw the peloton dwindle with each climb  as they chased the early break. 

After a frantic start to the stage, Toms Skujinš (Trek-Segafredo), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Simon Clarke (EF Education First) and Mads Würtz (Katusha-Alpecin) went clear in a strong breakaway which forced the peloton to maintain a high pace all day.
 
They were not allowed to gain more than two minutes however, and the gap was slowly reduced by Bora-Hansgrohe and Team Sunweb on the front of the bunch, with Team INEOS well-positioned thanks to strong teamwork throughout the stage.
 
With less than 25 kilometres remaining, Skujinš went solo, only to be brought back before the final descent, which led to a fast-paced sprint into Colmar, which was won by Sagan as Bernal and Thomas rolled in safely in the bunch.
Geraint Thomas is prepared for a tough challenge on stage six which features a summit finish in La Planche des Belles Filles

Geraint Thomas is prepared for a tough challenge on stage six which features a summit finish in La Planche des Belles Filles

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

It’s hard to say where everyone is from the last few days, but we’ll know much better tomorrow"
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Geraint Thomas

"La Planche des Belles Filles is hard, I climbed it just before Tour de Suisse and I think that type of climb really favours the more punchy, pure climbers, like Egan for one and those in other teams like Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana.

"It’s hard to say where everyone is from the last few days, obviously Alaphilippe’s flying and he suits those sort of climbs and he’s certainly shown the form to hang onto the jersey, but we’ll know much better tomorrow. 

"There’s a lot of climbs before the La Planche des Belles Filles tomorrow so it will be a challenge, but when you’ve got good form, you’ve got good form and it will be good to see where everyone is."
Egan Bernal 

“The team made sure it was a calm day today, so now I am relaxed and I will try and do my best to continue to enjoy the race.

“Tomorrow will be a very hard stage for everyone, for the GC riders who want to do something good and improve their positions. It will be very important for us to perform well and we will do our very best.”
Highlights
What's next?

Stage six will be the first General Classification test of the Tour de France with several gruelling category one climbs and a fearsomely steep summit finish which will be one kilometre longer than in previous visits. 
Stage five result

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:02:33
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) s.t.
4. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
5. Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) s.t.
24. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) s.t.
45
. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) s.t.

Overall Standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 18:44:22
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) +20”
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +25"
4. George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
5. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +40"
6. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) s.t.
7. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +45"

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