A day meant for the sprinters and so it was. Few can argue that Greipel is the one on form this year and the German gorilla won the final sprint to take victory on stage 5. British rider Cavendish had to be content with 3rd today as he was beaten to the line by the very impressive Peter Sagan.
Sagan may not have won a stage yet this year but he is always in the hunting and will probably be in [the hunt for] the Green Jersey come Paris.
- Today the Official Tour De France live tracking BETA site went live. This highly anticipated site allows fans to track individual rider speeds, positions of groups, and group composition. There are a range of customisable views too.
- The profile of today may have looked ‘boring’ but wet windy conditions set the backdrop for a battle of note. Nacer Bouhanni (COF), the French champion, crashed and was admitted to hospital. Many other riders were wounded as the slippery icy roads claimed victims. Fortunately all the top 5 overall contenders Froome (SKY), Contador (TCS), Quintana (MOV), Nibali (AST), Martin (EQS) escaped unscathed today, and will continue the fight tomorrow.
- Stage winner André Greipel (LTS) timed his final 50 metres to perfection – surging past his foes at the last possible moment, reaching a speed of 66.49 km/h as he crossed the line. He is definitely on top of his game.
- Peter Sagan (TCS) who finished a close 2nd also had a speed of 66.49 km/h as he crossed the finish line. He should feel proud of his effort in the final spurt, as much of his energy was spent protecting team leader Alberto Contador for much of the stage.
Day in data:
- A cloudy and windy 5th stage from Arras (4th time stage town) to Amiens (12th time stage town).
- 189 km course of long rolling hills, no categorized climbs or cobblestones; a stage made for the sprinters!
- 7 – the number of World War 1 memorial sites the riders cycled past today.
- 253 kms – the longest solo breakaway of the Tour de France, by Albert Bourlon in 1947.
- 2607.7 kms – the distance riders still have to race to the magnificent finish of the final stage, on the Champs-Élysées.
- 192 riders started today’s race.
- 49.72 km/h – speed of Peloton as they passed the 120 km mark at Combles.
- 46.22 km/h – speed of intermediate sprint winner Pierre-Luc Perichon (BSE).
- 35.22 km/h – speed Perichon (BSE) averaged in the km leading up to the Rancourt sprint.
- 39.874 km/h – the average speed on the stage.
- 49.8 km/h – the average speed on the last kilometre.
- 78.48 km/h – top recorded speed on the stage by both (GER) André Greipel (LTS) AND (GER) John Degenkolb (TGA) at km 89.42.
- 14’ 15” – the time gap between the first and last rider.
GER | André Greipel | LTS
- Stage time: 04h 39′ 00″
- Average speed: 40.753 km/h
- Speed across finish line: 66.49 km/h
Overall Jersey Leaders:
Tomorrow is stage 6 of this year’s Tour taking the riders on a 191km tour from Abbeville to Le Havre. The riders will cross three category 4 climbs before reaching Havre. Both the intermediate sprint and this finish is uphill, enough to make life difficult for pure sprinters, is this Sagan’s opportunity for a stage win?