Tour de France 2018

Stage 5 Overview

Lorient to Quimper

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Stage Summary

While not quite to the degree we’ll see later, stage 5 offers a taste of the racing to come, with narrow roads and several tough climbs. The 204 km between Lorient and Quimper will favor the tough, technically proficient classics riders, and could give us an idea of who to watch when the race enters Roubaix on stage 9.


An early break of 7 riders kept things interesting, with Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), animating the group and allowing his teammate Lilian Calmejane to conserve energy for the final climbs. Ultimately the battle came down to Toms Skujins (Trek Segafred0), Calmejane, and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), who were sadly caught by Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep Floors) and the rest of the peloton with around 10k to go.


The GC riders were not without troubles; Adam Yates (Michelton-SCOTT GreenEdge) hit the deck for the third time in five stages, and Chris Froome (Sky) suffered a mechanical. Top sprinters like Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data for Qhebeka) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) lost all hope of contact with the peloton on the climbs.


Sprinters apparently not suffering were Quickstep’s Fernando Gaviria and world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who notched his second win of the tour on the punishing uphill finish. At the end of this exciting day, the GC standings remained virtually unchanged.


Stage Analysis From Best Bike Split

This stage is set up perfectly for the Classics riders. It has a lot of punchy, short climbs with some steeper sections. The road is very technical so some stage favorites may try to get in some early breaks where they will be difficult to track down by a slowed Peloton. Statistically the best section of the course for an attack comes after the hairpin turn from Roz Brug to Kervanous at around 8 km to the finish. The road narrows significantly and the gradient kicks up over 9 percent.


With this climb being about .75 km it will favor riders with big two-minute power and fast recovery ability. The remainder of the course continues on narrow technical roads with a series of steep rolling sections. If a single rider or small group does not escape on that section it will most likely come down to the last kilometer of the race. The gradient kicks up to around 8 percent for around 400 meters before a sharp left turn and false flat uphill to the finish.

Click on the predictive race plan below to see how key factors might affect the results from this stage.

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