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Tour de France | Stage 5 Commentary

17:30 Sagan wins: Top 5: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Sonny Colbrelli 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Julian Alaphilippe Greg Van Avermaet retains the yellow jersey.
17:28 Sagan wins in Quimper: Second stage win for Peter Sagan in the 2018 Tour de France
17:25 2km to go: Michal Kwiatkowski strongly leads the bunch for Team Sky with 2km to go.
17:21 All together: Taaramäe is brought back by the pack with 5.5km to go.
17:20 Team Sky speeds up: It's Team Sky riding behind Taaramäe.
17:17 Taaramäe on the move: Rein Taaramäe attacks with 10km to go.
17:16 Skujins the most combative: Tom Skujins has been awarded the combativity price of the day.
17:14 Alaphilippe takes 3 seconds at the bonus point: The peloton catches Calmejane and Skujins before the bonus sprint. Alaphilippe takes 3 seconds, Van Avermaet 2 and Calmejane 1.
17:09 15km to go: The peloton is 30 seconds behind Calmejane and Skujins.
17:08 Sagan, the specialist: Bora-Hansgrohe is working hard to deliver Peter Sagan in a perfect position at the bottom of final uphill stretch. The Slovakian is the specialist of the uphill finishes in the first week of the Tour. He won stage 1 to Seraing and stage 3 to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 2012, stage 2 to Cherbourg in 2016, stage 3 to Longwy in 2017.
17:06 Calmejane and Skujins at the front: Nicolas Edet is no longer at the front. Skujins and Calmejane have 40 seconds lead over the peloton with 17km to go.
17:04 Skujins the first Latvian with a distinctive jersey: Like Dion Smith became the first New Zealander with a distinctive jersey after stage 2 in La Roche-sur-Yon, Tom Skujins will become the first ever Latvian to wear a distinctive jersey today. The first Latvian to ride the Tour, Piotr Ugrumov, won two stages.
16:59 Skujins takes the polka dot jersey: Tom Skujins beats Lilian Calmejane at the top and scores two points. He becomes the first Latvian to wear the polka dot jersey.
16:51 25km to go: The time gap between the three leaders and the peloton is down to 1'20''.
16:49 30km to go: The côte de la montagne de Locronan is coming up, with the passing of Locronan, one of the most beautiful villages of France. There are also 2 KOM points up for grabs. If Skujins is first at the top, he'll get the polka dot jersey today, otherwise it'll be Chavanel.
16:44 Van Avermaet virtually back in the lead: Lilian Calmejane was the virtual leader of the Tour de France since Sylvain Chavanel dropped out. With a deficit of 1'45'', Greg van Avermaet is again at the top of the ranking.
16:41 35km to go: At Cast, Edet, Calmejane and Skujins are 2' ahead of the peloton mostly led by Peter Sagan's team-amtes.
16:31 Chavanel back in the pack: Sylvain Chavanel is reeled in by the pack after the Ménez Quélerc'h. Calmejane, Skujins and Edet remain at the front.
16:29 Peloton at 2'20'': At the top of Ménez Quélerc'h, with 45km to go, the peloton is 2'20'' adrift.
16:27 Skujins first at Ménez Quélerc'h: Skujins passes the Ménez Quélerc'h solo and takes two KOM points. Calmejane grabs one point.
16:25 Three in the lead: Edet comes across in the middle of the huge crowd of Ménez Quélerc'h.
16:24 Chavanel drops: Sylvain Chavanel gets dropped in the hill. Calmejane and Skujins also ride Edet off.
16:20 Vermote back in the pack: Julien Vermote is the third of the seven breakaway riders caught by the peloton at the exit of Châteaulin.
16:19 Peloton speeding up at Châteaulin: GC teams are speeding at Châteaulin before tackling the spectacular ascent to Menez Quélerc'h.
16:18 50km to go: 50km to go, Vermote is 50'' behind the leading quartet. Peloton at 1'50''.
16:12 All back on their bike: All the riders who crashed are back on their bike. The peloton is regrouping after being split into pieces.
16:11 Crash: Crash in the bunch: Nieve, Smith, Offredo, Bevin, Turgis are involved.
16:07 De Buyst back in the pack: Jasper De Buyst is reeled in by the peloton. Julien Vermote is the only rider remaining in between the leading quartet and the bunch.
16:05 60km to go: With 60km to go, Chavanel, Calmejane, Skujins and Edet are 2'30'' ahead of the peloton.
15:59 Froome has a mechanical: Chris Froome gets a bike change after Michal Kwiatkowski firstly tried to fix the bike of the leader of Team Sky.
15:58 Calmejane second at the top: Lilian Calmejane takes one KOM point at the côte de la Roche du Feu, behind Chavanel who took 2.
15:56 Chavanel at La Roche-du-Feu: Sylvain Chavanel is chased down by Skujins, Edet and Calmejane in the first category 3 climb of the Tour de France, the côte de la Roche du Feu. Gap: 21 seconds.
15:50 Sprinters in difficulty: Mark Cavendish isn't the only sprinter in trouble in the Breton hills. Marcel Kittel and Dylan Groenewegen are also off the back. It's now the Bora team of Peter Sagan at the helm of the peloton.
15:47 Peloton at: With 72km to go, Chavanel is 40 seconds ahead of his 5 former breakaway companions. The peloton is 3'15'' adrift.
15:44 At 42.350km/h: Sylvain Chavanel has covered 42.4km in the third hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.350km/h.
15:42 Gesbert back in the pack: Elie Gesbert has been reeled in by the peloton at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, km 121, after his crash.
15:39 Stage 353 for Chavanel: Sylvain Chavanel is doing his 353rd stage of the Tour de France today, just as many as George Hincapie (from 1996 and 2012). Only Joop Zoetemelk has done more days of racing at the Tour: 365 (from 1970 to 1986).
15:29 Gesbert is back on his bike: Chavanel remains alone in the lead. Gesbert tries to make it across to the breakaway group.
15:28 Gesbert crashes: Breton rider Elie Gesbert lost the control of his bike and crashed on the road side.
15:22 Chavanel in the lead of the KOM competition: Sylvain Chavanel is first first at the côte de Trimen. With 2 KOM points, he virtually leads the climbers' classification.
15:17 3'50'' between Chavanel and the peloton: Mark Cavendish is back in the pack after the climb. The peloton is 3'50'' behind lone leader Sylvain Chavanel.
15:14 Cavendish in trouble: Mark Cavendish is the first rider getting dropped in the first climb of the day.
15:14 Chavanel forges on: Sylvain Chavanel keeps going by himself after he won the KOM price at Kaliforn. The second categorised climb côte de Trimen is around the corner.
15:08 Chavanel attacks: Benoît Genauzeau said Direct Energie was only racing for the stage win but Sylvain Chavanel has attacked to catch the KOM point at the top of the côte de Kaliforn, km 106.
15:06 Benoît Genauzeau (Direct Energie): "We'll play only one card": Direct Energie sport director Benoît Genauzeau told Thomas Voeckler who is on the motorbike for France Televisions: “Since the start in Vendée, we have been very motivated for today’s stage. We’ve made a big coup with both Lilian Calmejane and Sylvain Chavanel in the breakaway. We’ve two nice cards to play but we’ll play only one of them and the other rider will sacrifice himself. All we want is to win the stage.”
14:59 Gaviria beats Sagan at the intermediate sprint: Result of the intermediate sprint at Roudouallec, km 92.5: 1. Sylvain Chavanel, 20 points 2. Nicolas Edet, 17 3. Jasper De Buyst, 15 4. Elie Gesbert, 13 5. Julien Vermote, 11 6. Lilian Calmejane, 10 7. Tom Skujins, 9 At 3’50’’: 8. Fernando Gaviria, 8 9. Peter Sagan, 7 10. Alexander Kristoff, 6 11. Arnaud Démare, 5 12. André Greipel, 4 13. Max Richeze, 3 14. Marcel Kittel, 2 15. Ilnur Zakarin, 1
14:54 Chris Froome: "We'll see some gaps opening up": A different race will start after the intermediate sprint with a lot of ups and downs. Chris Froome told letour.fr this morning: "It's definitely going to be a be tricky day in the finale today, a little bit like la Fleche Wallonne without Mur de Huy. We'll see some gaps opening up. It's always quite tense and stressful on narrow roads with everybody still fresh, it could be really explosive. It will be a big fight for position and staying up front. I'm feeling good and looking forward to the mountains.”
14:53 Chavanel first at the sprint: Sylvain Chavanel passed the line of the intermediate sprint before Nicolas Edet
14:47 A Belgian rookie at the front: Among the seven breakaway riders, there's a Belgian debutant: Jasper De Buyst was a track rider and European champion for omnium in 2013 before he decided to ride fully on the road as a lead out man for André Greipel since 2017. His father Franky is a former rider, a close friend of Eddy Merckx and a soigneur in the Lotto-Soudal team.
14:42 37.4km in the second hour: The seven leaders are 5km before the intermediate sprint at Roudouallec. They have covered 37.4km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 42.350km/h.
14:34 4'25'' after 80km: A new maximum time gap: 4'25'' after 80km of racing.
14:24 3'45'' after 75km of racing: After 75km of racing, the seven leaders are 3'50'' ahead of the peloton led by Simon Gerrans for BMC.
14:22 Quimper remembers Phil Anderson and Thor Hushovd: Quimper is also part of Australia’s cycling history. It’s where pioneer Phil Anderson won his second Tour de France stage (after Nancy in 1982) in 1991 but in the town center, not up the hill like today. Anderson was Gerrans’ first mentor in Mansfield, Victoria, 23 years ago. Quimper hosted only two stage finishes before today. The last time was in 2004 with the victory of Thor Hushovd, an eventual team-mate of Gerrans at Crédit Agricole and Cervélo. The finishing line was the same as today, but coming from the opposite direction.
14:02 Gesbert, the Breton rider in the breakaway: Out of the seven breakaway riders who have 4 minutes lead after 60km of racing, only one is a Breton: Elie Gesbert from Fortuneo-Samsic. Last year he won a stage of the Tour de Bretagne in Pontivy, close to tomorrow's finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne.
13:57 Skujins is the fifth Latvian Tour de France rider: Breakaway rider Tom Skujins puts Latvia back in the Tour de France news. The Trek-Segafredo rider who won a stage at the Tour of California this year is the fifth Latvian to take part in the race, after Piotr Ugrumov, Arvis Piziks, Romans Vainsteins who was crowned the world champion in Plouay, Brittany, and Gatis Smukulis, who was the latest Latvian in the race, in 2013 and 2014.
13:53 Romain Bardet: "We want to race well for Axel Domont": Romain Bardet told letour.fr this morning: "Axel Domont’s retirement is a big loss for our team. I went to see him last night at the hospital. He’s fine but it was frightening because he fell on his head. More than a team-mate, he’s a close friend. The best thing we can do for him is to race well. There’ll be a lot of tension today, and unfortunately some more crashes probably. We have to be careful.”
13:46 Pierre Latour has stopped with a mechanical: AG2R-La Mondiale's Pierre Latour is chasing back to the peloton after a mechanical. The French team seems unlucky in Brittany after they lost Axel Domont in a crash yesterday.
13:45 Lead group at Concarneau: The seven breakaway riders are in the spectacular city of Concarneau, the home of legendary French cycling journalist Jean-Paul Ollivier. Concarneau also makes the French sports news these days because because football national coach Didier Deschamps has his second home there. His wife Claude hails from Concarneau where a Tour de France stage finished in 1982.
13:41 47.3km in the first hour: The seven breakaway riders have covered 47.3km in the first hour of racing.
13:39 Christian Guiberteau (Cofidis): "It's important to have Edet at the front": Cofidis sport director Christian Guiberteau told France Televisions from the team car: "It was very difficult to catch the breakaway, we’re delighted that Nicolas Edet made it. On such a course, it’s important to have someone at the front. Crashes are very likely. We can target the polka dot jersey and the stage win, even though it’s difficult for Nicolas to sprint against Lilian Calmejane and Sylvain Chavanel.” Edet is no stranger to hunting for KOM points. He won the climbers’ classification at the 2013 La Vuelta.
13:38 Time gap: 3'40'': After 45km, Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane and Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) have 3'40'' lead.
13:36 Lilian Calmejane: "Today is a rare opportunity for attackers": Breakaway rider Lilian Calmejane declared this morning: "So far there has been a lot of rhythm in the last half an hour of each stage, which means it can be tricky to work out exactly what kind of form you're in. Yesterday I got caught up in the crash 6 kilometres before the end, but I was able to get back to the peloton pretty easily. My legs were feeling good and I was able to take part in the sprint.  Today is a rare opportunity for the baroudeurs and puncheurs, along with tomorrow. We'll give it our all, try to enjoy ourselves. On the other days it can be really tiring because you're spending long days in the peloton. I'm looking forward to getting off in a breakaway – I want to come over the finish line having given it everything I've got."
13:18 Seven riders at the front: Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane and Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) have 3'20'' lead after 30km of racing.
13:17 Matthews, the 11th green jersey to pull out the year after: Michael Matthews is the 11th defending champion of the green jersey to quit the race after: 2007: Robbie McEwen (stage 8) 1996: Laurent Jalabert (10) 1993: Laurent Jalabert (17) 1992: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (13) 1989: Eddy Planckaert (18) 1980: Bernard Hinault (13) 1967: Willy Planckaert (8) 1964: Rik Van Looy (3) 1958: Jean Forestier (2) 1955: Ferdi Kubler (12)
13:13 Chad Haga: "We were targetting today and tomorrow for Matthews...": Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) explained to letour.fr why last year's green jersey Michael Matthews is no longer in the race: "Michael fell ill overnight with a stomach pain. We were hopeful he could start but it got worse this morning and the doctor made the decision he should go home. We had been targetting todays' and tomorrow stages as stages he could win.  It's a blow to the morale but we'll focus around Tom."
13:10 Greg Van Avermaet: "Sagan will be hard to beat": Race leader Greg Van Avermaet told France Televisions on the start line: “We have two goals today: to win the stage and make sure that Richie Porte doesn’t lose any time. It’ll be hard to beat Peter Sagan but we’ll try.”
13:07 Laurent Pichon at Moëlan-sur-Mer: Laurent Pichon is the enfant du pays after Warren Barguil started stage 5 almost at home. He was born in Quimper and started cycling in the club of Moëlan-sur-Mer where the race is now.
13:06 Chavanel is the virtual leader: Sylvain Chavanel, 39th at 1'48'', is the virtual leader of the Tour de France. The front group is 2'45'' ahead of the peloton.
13:02 Minnaard swallowed by the bunch: Marco Minnaard is no longer in between. He's been reeled in by the pack.
12:57 Two minutes gap: Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane and Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) have 2 minutes lead after 15km of racing. BMC is at the helm of the peloton. Marco Minaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) is 1'40'' adrift.
12:54 Time gap: 1'30'': After 12km, the 7 leaders are 1'30'' ahead.
12:52 7 riders in the lead: Seven riders have gone clear at km 8: Gesbert, Vermote, De Buyst, Calmejane, Chavanel, Skujins and Edet. Minnaard is in between at 30 seconds. No reaction from the peloton.
12:49 Moscon is back in the pack: Moscon has rejoined the peloton.
12:46 Kiserlovski pulls out: Robert Kiserlovski (Katusha-Alpecin) quits the Tour. He's injured.
12:44 Crash, Moscon is down: Moscon and Kiserlovski have crashed. The Italian is back on his bike.
12:42 Calmejane on the attack: Lilian Calmejane is the first attacker of the day. Anthony Turgis reacts. All together at km 2.
12:40 The race is on: The start proper of stage 5 has been given to 171 riders at 12.40.
12:35 Quick Step with the yellow bibs: Quick Step leads the teams classification with an advantage of 16 seconds over Team Sunweb and 23 seconds over BMC.
12:34 Soren Kragh in the white jersey: Since the team time trial, Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) leads the best young rider classification with an advantage of 1’08’’ over Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and 1’22’’ over Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana).
12:33 Five climbs today: After three mass-start stages with only one cat. 4 KOM, there are 5 categorized climbs today: - km 106: côte de Kaliforn, cat. 4 - km 113: côte de Trimen, cat. 4 - km 140.5: côte de la Roche du Feu, cat. 3 - km 159.5: côte de Ménez-Quélerc'h, cat. 3 - km 181: côte de la montagne de Locronan, cat. 3
12:26 Dion Smith in the polka dot jersey: Dion Smith (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) wears the polka dot jersey since the end of stage 2. Two other riders, Anthony Perez (Cofidis) and Kevin Ledanois (Fortuneo-Samsic), have one KOM point like him but he’s the highest ranked of them on GC. It’s the first time since the inception of the polka dot jersey as the distinctive jersey for the King of the Mountains classification in 1975 that three riders are equal on points. But the points scale has evolved through the years…
12:25 Peter Sagan in the green jersey: Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in the green jersey for the second consecutive day at this Tour de France. He’s equalling the record of Erik Zabel who wore the green jersey 89 times between 1996 and 2007 and won the points classification six times while the Slovakian won it five times. However, this is a very debatable statistics as the German wasn’t stripped off his results by the sporting authorities despite making the same admission to doping for the same substances and methods at the same and for the same period as other cyclists who have been disqualified. Sagan has 143 points, only 4 more than Fernando Gaviria. Alexander Kristoff is third with 72 points. A maximum of 50 points are up for grabs today: 20 to the winner of the intermediate sprint at Roudouallec, km 92.5, and 30 to the winner as this lumpy stage carries a coefficient 3.
12:22 Greg Van Avermaet in the yellow jersey: Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) is in the yellow jersey for the second straight day. It’s the fifth time in his career that he leads the Tour de France. His team-mate Tejay van Garderen is second with the same time. Team Sky’s co-leader Geraint Thomas is third at 3 seconds. Both riding for Quick Step Floors, Philippe Gilbert is fourth at 5 seconds and Julian Alaphilippe is fifth at 7 seconds.
12:21 Riders on the move: The peloton is moving. Local hero Warren Barguil is on the front line with the distinctive jersey holders. The neutral zone is 10-km long.
12:20 On the start line: The riders are gathering on the start line in Lorient. Michael Matthews and Tiesj Benoot are non starters. The Australian is sick with fever. The Belgian badly crashed yesterday.
11:34 Stage 5 on lumpy Breton roads: Welcome to the live coverage of stage 5 in the 105th Tour de France, 204.5km from Lorient to Quimper. Start at 12.20.

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