the 5th stage of the Australian Clarke, the Belgian Van Aert retains his yellow shirt

Crazy day on the cobblestones of the Tour de France with falls and favorites wasting time.

At the end of a day marked by the cobblestones of the North and many falls, including those of the yellow jersey Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and one of the favorites Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), the Australian Simon Clarke (Israel). -Premier Tech) won the 5the stage of the Tour de France played between Lille and Arenberg. Belgian Wout Van Aert retains his yellow shirt for 13 seconds ahead of American Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), the reigning champion who has taken time for all his rivals for the final victory.

The fact of the day:

Not crazy! These 153 kilometers between Lille and Arenberg will have done a lot of harm … At the end of the final, it was Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech) who went to raise his arms on the line, ahead of Taco Van Der Hoorn (Intermarché Wanty Gobert). At the end of the day, the Australian maneuvered perfectly in the final by throwing his sprint at the last minute. At 35, this is probably the best win of his career.

As for the favorites, today the Jumbo-Visma will have lost very strongly. Its two leaders (Roglic and Vingegaard) will have wasted time on Tadej Pogacar. Due to a fall of one and a mechanical error of the other. The only satisfaction for them was the return of Vingegaard to the Gaudu group in the final thanks to a sublime work of Wout Van Aert, who at the same time kept his yellow shirt. Meanwhile, Tadej Pogacar won it all in the hell of the North. Always well placed, the winner of the last Tour de France managed himself and made the perfect race. He occupies ten good seconds to his main rivals, and more than two minutes to Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), who is without a doubt the big loser of the day.

“It was a very good day for me, I didn’t have bad luck and I felt good on the cobblestones. In the end there were guys stronger than me, but I tried to run smart. This step gives me confidence and a boost of motivation. I have good feelings and I want to get to the mountain. I like the cobblestones but 11 sectors are already good, a little more would have been difficult “, said Pogacar after arrival.

A very good Gaudu but no French for victory

On the tricolor side, David Gaudu (FDJ) has taken an excellent step by limiting the break on Pogacar and staying in the group of other favorites. Uncomfortable on the cobblestones, the FDJ leader has only lost fifteen seconds in a row.

In another record, the French did not weigh in on the race for the stage victory. Florian Sénéchal (Quick-Step) was the unlucky victim and couldn’t continue the game, so Quick-Step had to come off the bench. It has been the best French opportunity today. Note the beautiful site of Hugo Hofstetter (20e and first tricolor of the line). Good performance from sprinter Arkéa-Samsic.

Figure of the day: 2’08 min

This is the gap that separates Primoz Roglic from Tadej Pogacar in the goal. In this 5e stage, it was, indeed, the leader of the Jumbo-Visma who was the big loser of the day. Victim of a fall, the Slovenian would have some problems in the shoulder …

Eight of the day:

Delayed by a mechanical problem, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) struggled to be repaired quickly. Away from his car, the Dane has tried everything to leave as fast as possible, even grabbing the bikes of his teammates. Bad luck for him, these were not his size at all … This gives us quite funny pictures, much less for the runner …

Statement of the day:

Simon Clarke, winner of this 5th stage: “It’s the best victory of my career. I had other successes, but winning here is amazing. Honestly, I didn’t imagine doing a performance today on cobblestones, which is not my specialty. But my manager told me that today was my day for the getaway, so I went. Neilson Powless was strong all day, but you had to be heartless. I held back, waited until the last moment, and finally threw my bike with all my might. I didn’t think I would have won even after the line, so I still can’t believe it. »

Picture of the day:

The fall of the yellow jersey even before the cobblestones. Wout Van Aert had a good one! A few kilometers before the first cobbled section of the day (Villiers-au-Tertre in Fressain), the Belgian fell at low speed but was badly damaged on the left side. His teammate Steven Kruijswijk also fell. A few miles further on, Wout Van Aert almost made a mistake again after a moment of inattention. The DSM squadron car had to brake, the yellow jersey was on its way and had an incredible reflex to dodge it.

Wout Van Aert just after his fall. Overview

Classification of the 5th stage:

1 – CLARKE Simon (Israel – Premier Tech) the 157 km in 3:13:35
2 – VAN DER HOORN Taco (Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert) mt
3 – BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (TotalEnergies) + 0:02
4 – POWLESS Neilson (EF Education-EasyPost) +0: 04
5 – CORT Magnus (EF Education-EasyPost) + 0:30
6 – STUYVEN Jasper (Trek – Segafredo) +0: 51
7 – POGAČAR Tadej (UAE Team Emirates) mt
8 – PHILIPSEN Jasper (Alpecin-Deceuninck) + 1:04
9 – JAKOBSEN Fabio (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) mt
10 – MOZZATO Luca (B&B Hotels – KTM) mt

The general classification after the 5th stage:

1. Wout van Aert (Belgium / Jumbo-Visma) in 16h17’22 ”
2. Neilson Powless (USA / EF Education EasyPost) at 13 ”
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / TotalEnergies) at 14 ”
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia / UAE Team Emirates) at 19 ”
5. Yves Lampaert (Belgium / Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) at 25 ”
6. Mads Pedersen (Denmark / Trek-Segafredo) at 36 ”
7. Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark / Jumbo-Visma) at 40 ”
8. Adam Yates (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 48 ”
9. Thomas Pidcock (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 49 ”
10. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 50 ”

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