Peter Sagan Takes Stage 5 as Tour de France Hits the Hills

Ruben Holloway
July 16, 2018

"My shape is getting better by the day, I'm proud that I won again today", said Groenewegen, who won the final stage on the Champs Elysees a year ago. "I thought, why not have a try?"

The pace of the peloton quickened ahead of the category 3 climb to Mur de Bretagne, with the gap to the front shortening to under a minute with 20km to go.

"I just keep trying, our backs are against the wall all the time here", said the 33-year-old, who is in a contract year but is expected to stay with Dimension Data. He thanked Greg Van Avermaet, the overnight leader from BMC Racing, for his early move at the final turn.

"I came to this team to be the leader and the pressure at the beginning, of being the leader is why I didn't do so well in Spring", said Martin.

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Groenewegen told reporters after the stage: "I hope there's more".

Halfway through the stage, the AG2R-La Mondiale, Trek and Movistar teams accelerated in crosswinds and caused splits in the peloton, with Irishman Dan Martin, one of the overall contenders, trapped behind.

This was the fourth sprint stage of this year's Tour, and the fourth in which Cavendish failed to feature, rolling home to a 10th place which is his best of the race so far.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas remains in second place, with Van Avermaet's team-mate Tejay Van Garderen in third, now eight seconds back.

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Although Van Avermaet retains yellow for now, it was in truth a dismal day for BMC.

Peter Sagan was also in the final mix, coming eighth and picking up more points in the green jersey race and extending his lead on Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria.

Martin was one of several team leaders along with former Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana who were caught off-guard by an attack by Quick-Step midway through the stage during a straightaway that was exposed to crosswinds.

Dumoulin said his bike broke when he knocked into Bardet near the foot of the second of two two-kilometre ascents up the Mur de Bretagne to the finish line.

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The pack leaves Fougeres, rear, during the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 231 kilometers (143.5 miles) with start in Fougeres and finish in Chartres, France, France, Friday, July 13, 2018.

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