11/07/18 - 11:40
Lorient - Quimper
Tour de France • Stage5

Lorient - Quimper

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All that means that Greg Van Avermaet will stay in yellow. In fact he has increased his lead over everyone (except Julian Alaphilippe) by two seconds because of that bonus sprint. Meanwhile, Peter Sagan extends his lead in the green jersey competition.


Confirmation of the result after that thrilling finale.


Sonny Colbrelli looked to have had enough in the tank but as the road levelled out the green jersey surged through to take his second victory of the race ahead of the Italian and, I think, Gilbert.


Victory for the world champion Peter Sagan, who else?


He's just so good...


Colbrelli and Sagan right there too - and Martin, Alaphilippe and Valverde...


Gilbert rides cleare with Julien Simon and Van Avermaet in pursuit.


There have been many splits in the pack as they go under the flamme rouge with Egan Bernal on the front for Sky.


Dion Smith, the polka dot jersey, is in the mix too. The Wanty rider is Offredo.


Still Sky set the tempo with Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski putting in a big shift, with a Wanty rider getting involved too. It strings out after a chicane as Nibali edges forward. But Sagan is still very well placed, as is Van Avermaet.


Fernando Gaviria has been dropped...


This peloton is whittled down to about 100 riders after all those climbs. It's been like a mini classic today.


All over for Rein Taaramae, who is reined in. Sky and Bora on the front with Bahrain and Quick-Step lurking.


Taaramae's gap is down to nothing as the riders swing off the main road and move onto a smaller country lane.


Team Sky have come to the front of the pack with six riders - including Chris Froome, Michael Kwiatkowski (who could spring a surprise today) and Geraint Thomas, who lest we forget is only seconds (make that five now, after those bonuses) behind Van Avermaet on GC.


Twenty seconds for Taaramae as the pack stretches across the entire width of a rare stretch of wide road.


Finland's Rein Taaramae has taken advantage of a slight lull to put in an attack off the front of the pack. Third time lucky for Direct Energie, who have already played their Chavanel and Calmejane cards?


Julian Alaphilippe attacks from the pack and takes Van Avermaet with him. They reel in Skijuns and then pass Calmejane just ahead of the line - so it's the Frenchman who takes the three bonus seconds ahead of Van Avermaet, who has to settle for two seconds. It may have no bearing on the yellow jersey wearer later today, but you never know. When it's so close every second counts.


It's a bonus 'sprint' but it's at the top of a seriously steep 9% climb. Chavanel is on the front with Skujins just behind - and the peloton breathing down their necks.


BMC have the gap down to just 25 seconds ahead of the bonus sprint. So that means there will be another bonus second available for whoever crosses in third place on the front of the pack.


This is the terrain that the riders are tackling in this final 20km run-in.


Of course, if Alaphilippe wins he could be in the yellow jersey provided Van Avermaet doesn't finish in the top three - because of the 10 bonus seconds available at the finish. Phlippe Gilbert is another Quick-Step rider to watch - and he's only 5 seconds down on GC.


Nicolas Edet has been caught so we just have two men out now: Lilian Calmejane and Tom Skujins. They have 45 seconds.


Yes, it's been confirmed: with those points, Tom Skijuns will become the first Latvian to wear the polka dot jersey.


The gap is back out to a minute as the peloton strings out on the descent from that climb. We're in line for something a bit different today even if Peter Sagan may win for a second time. The climb at the finish may be too much for Fernando Gaviria but it could suit his Quick-Step team-mate Julian Alaphilippe. The yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet may also be one to watch - although it may not be steep enough for the likes of Valverde, Martin and some of the GC favourites.


Skujins kicks clear and defeats Calmejane before the summit. The Latvian youngster takes another two points over the top - and that may be enough for him to take the polka dot jersey by virtue of having bagged more higher category summits than Chavanel.


Meanwhile, Skujins kicks to drop Edet but still has Calmejane in his wheel as they approach the final push to the summit. Back in the peloton, there's another knock-back when Darwin Atapuma has to unclip and it causes a bottleneck near the back.


And that's why: a couple of riders come down near the back of the pack when it squeezes through a tight cobbled bottleneck.


We're onto the final climb - the Cat.3 Cote de la Montagne de Locronan (2.2km at 5.9%) - and the gap is down to just one minute for Calmejane, Edet and Skujins. It's come down because the favourites know that they race narrows and that the pack will be forced through a bottleneck. They want to be in a good position.


We're hearing that a windy finale may be the final nail in the coffin for this break...


Sighting of Tom Dumoulin near the front - so if the Dutchman was feeling bad, or ill, earlier, he seems to be over the worst of it now. Our leading trio has 1'35". The final categorised climb - including that narrow cobbled road through Locronan - is coming up soon.


The pack has knocked it off a little after that earlier surge. It's given some teams the opportunity to group together - and the Mitchelton-Scott team of Adam Yates have edged to the front alongside Bora-Hansgrohe, BMC and Team Sky.


Andre Greipel is the latest sprinter to be dropped. He's riding in a group three minutes down while the Cavendish-Kittel gruppetto is over eight minutes in arrears.


Tensions rising in the break as Calmejane has words with Skijins while Edet looks on as a bemused observer. They've started to attack each other and snips a little, too. Even with two minutes to play with, it's hard to see them staying out over these remaining hills.


I should add that Dylan Gronewegen is also in the gruppetto along with Marcel Kittel, with Mark Cavendish further back. They are three sprinters who won't be contesting for the win today - and more will be lost before the finish.


The peloton has come over the summit and Peter Sagan, in green, is still very much in the picture. Meanwhile, Skujins has been rejoined by Edet and Calmejane on the front of the race. Their lead is back up to two minutes as they tackle another hill on a narrow farm lane. Chavanel, however, has been caught by the pack.


Another attack by Skujins, who pedals away from Calmejane. Wow, the Frenchman looks utterly cooked. That wasn't the plan... And it's the Latvian who takes the 2pts over the top of the climb, with Calmejane settling for the final point.


Bravo - Nicolas Edet has managed to get back on. Although he's dropped again as Calmejane dances on the front with Skujins holding his wheel on the steep 10% section.


Now Edet falls back: he can't close the gap and so we have just Calmejane and Skujins out ahead. Should the Frenchman go over the summit of the remaining two climbs in pole position it will be him and not team-mate Chavanel in polka dots tonight...


ATTACK: Skujins makes the first move on this climb and Chavanel is dropped. Calmejane manages to bridge over with Edet in pursuit.


The leading quartet is onto the Cat.3 Cote de Menez Quelerc'h (3km at 6.2%). It has a double-digit ramp near the summit which could punish the weary legs of these escapees.


Julien Vermote, who was one of the escapees, is about to be caught by the pack, while Dion Smith, the outgoing polka dot jersey is still trying to fight back on.


Mikel Nieve of Mitchelton-Scott was also involved in that crash but he's back with the pack now. The gap for the four leaders if down to just 1'30" with the fourth climb coming right up.


The gap for the remaining four escapees is down to two minutes now. We're heading that Marcel Kittel is 4'40" back and Mark Cavendish a huge 5'30".


CRASH: A touch of wheels in the middle of the pack has seen numerous riders go down - primarily from the wildcard teams. Dion Smith, the polka dot jersey, is one, as is his Wanty team-mate Yoann Offredo, plus riders from Cofidis and one from LottoNL-Jumbo.


We're about 20km and one climb away from this amazing street in the town of Locronan, which I venture may well be a hot-spot in the opening week of this year's Tour...


BMC led the pack over the summit three minutes down on the leaders. Froome is with two Sky team-mates as they fight to rejoin the pack following his mechanical.


Chavanel has now been caught by the three chasers so Direct Energie have a 50% representation in this leading break: good cards to play.


Chavanel takes the 2pts at the top of the race's first Cat.3 climb. And it's his team-mate Calmejane who takes the remaining point over the summit. The peloton is still three minutes back. So, with four points of the possible eight, Chavanel is looking good for the polka dot jersey today.


Mechanical for Chris Froome! The defending champion needs to stop for a bike change - and then again - until continuing on his way alongside Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski. They won't panic. Better now than in an hour's time.


Attack from Lilian Calmejane! He must have got word from Chavanel on the radio because he's just danced out of the saddle in a bid to drop his fellow chasers. He doesn't succeed - but that may doom his veteran team-mate out ahead.


We're onto the third categorised climb, the Cat.3 Cote de la Roche du Feu (1.9km at 6.6%). Chavanel looks over his shoulders and he may catch a glimpse of the chasing trio - Edet, Skujins and his Direct Energie team-mate Calmejane - some 20 seconds back.


Here was that nasty crash involving Elie Gesbert, who was in the break before leaving the road at speed.

Video - Elie Gesbert suffers horror crash on Stage 5


ATTACK: Tom Skujins decides that it's time to make his move. The Latvian champion zips clear and provokes a response by Edet and Calmejane. Vermote and De Buyst have not been able to respond.


Yes, what explains why riders are being dropped and the pack is all strung out: Bora have sent Maciej Bodnar onto the front to do a big pull alongside the BMC team of yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet. The gap for Chavanel is down to 3'05".


More trouble for Mark Cavendish, who has been dropped off the back of the pack. He's not the only sprinter to feel the pinch - Marcel Kittel has also lost touch. There's clearly been an increase in pace.


Lots of people are talking about Alejandro Valverde's chances today - after all, the finish is reminiscent of Fleche Walloon, although clearly not as steep.


Not that sprinting is playing any role at the moment: it's all about the climbs as the road goes up and down and up and down. Chavanel, riding his 18th and final Tour aged 39, is the lone leader on his 353rd stage in the Grande Boucle. That matches a record set by George Hincapie between 1996 and 2012. He still has 40 seconds over his fellow escapees, who are down to five riders following that crash by the unfortunate Elie Gesbert.


A reminder that Fernando Gaviria piled the pressure on his green jersey rival Peter Sagan earlier in the intermediate sprint.

Video - Fernando Gaviria claims intermediate sprint on Stage 5


We're hearing that Gesbert is back on his bike but will be caught by the peloton soon after that tumble.


CRASH: Elie Gesbert saves with panache after his rear wheel slipped behind him on the fast descent, but he was forced to ride off the road and into a ditch, where he went face first into a grassy verge and a bush. That was nasty but could have been a whole lot worse. Let's hope he's ok. I imagine he'll have some scratches and cuts to his right side, including his face and neck.


Astana, Movistar, Ag2R-La Mondiale, UAE Team Emirates and Katusha-Alpecin are all near the front when the peloton comes over the summit of the second climb with a deficit of 3'50" on lone leader Chavanel. Tom Dumoulin is on the back of the pack with a few Sunweb team-mates.


Uh oh, this looks ominious... Tom Dumoulin is off the back of the peloton and not looking too comfortable. His Sunweb team-mate Michael Matthews withdrew this morning after being taken ill overnight. Could the Dutchman be suffering from something similar?


Chavanel adds another point to his KOM tally so he now is the virtual polka dot jersey.


Our man Rob Hatch on the finale today... looks like it will be quite spicy.


Chavanel now has 40 seconds on the rest of the break as he starts the next climb, the Cat. 4 Cote de Trimen (1.6km at 5.6%).


Mark Cavendish already off the back of the peloton on this climb. It's going to be a long day for the British veteran. He's even further back than the crocked Lawson Craddock! It's BMC who is on the front as the pack crests the summit, 3'05" down.


The rest of the break comes over about 30 seconds down on Chavanel, who will have to decide whether he sits up or continues on his way. Direct Energie have another rider in the pack so they may have earmarked the veteran Frenchman Chavanel for the polka dot jersey and his young team-mate Lilian Calmejane - who is now just sitting on and conserving his energy - for the stage win. What a coup that would be.


Chavanel has his pain face on as he big rings up this shaded climb towards the summit, which he reaches with a not inconsiderable gap over his fellow escapees. He'll go into the virtual lead of the polka dot jersey by virtue of being higher than Dion Smith in the overall standings.


The break is onto the first of five categorised climbs, the Cat.4 Cote de Kaliforn (1.7km at 7.1%). Sylvain Chavanel has launched an early attack to ensure he mops up the single point over the summit.


The presence of Julian Vermote in the break suggests that Dimension Data have no hope for Mark Cavendish in today's finish for Vermote is usually the man responsible for helping neutralise breaks and set up Cavendish for the win. The Manxman has failed to make his mark so far this year: he broke a chain in the opening stage finale, got stuck behind a crash in stage 2 and then yesterday was cut up by Dylan Groenewegen and sat up on the home straight. Perhaps he's not going to ever add to those 30 career wins...


It's getting cosy at the top of the green jersey standings. Sagan is going for a record-equalling sixth win - but Gaviria is clearly going to push him all the way to Paris in his debut Tour.


It's Gaviria who wins the sprint for 8pts as Sagan settles for 7pts and Kristoff 6pts. So the Colombian has cut the Slovakian's lead to just 3pts at the top of the green jersey standings. Should Sagan hold on to that jersey today he'll break a record set by Eric Zabel.


There are still a maximum eight points up for grabs for when the peloton passes through so we should see a bit of activity in the pack now as the likes of Sagan, Gaviria, Kittel, Kristoff and Greipel compete for the scraps.


There's no fight for the intermediate sprint when the break comes through with either Chavanel or Edet taking the spoils but not competing to do so.


The break - who still have 4'10" over the pack - are about five clicks away from the intermediate sprint. Once that's done and dusted we'll start on those five categorised climbs.


Remember, these are the home roads of Fortuneo-Samsic tyro Warren Barguil, who won the polka dot jersey - and two stages - in last year's Tour.


Chateaux galore today. Someone should tell the people outside this one that Belgium didn't win yesterday's match...

Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet (L), wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the pack chasing a seven-men breakaway during the fifth stage

Today we should see another fierce battle between Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria, who are separated by just four points in the green jersey battle. It's turning into a bit of a two-horse race what with the two riders having won all three road stages so far between them.



The riders are now in a wooded section of road which will give them some respite from the sun, which isn't quite as hot as it has been over the last few days. It's going to be a stage like none other before today, what with this succession of climbs and some seriously narrow roads. This from our commentator Rob Hatch...


Brittany is the home region of the Fortuneo-Samsic team of Warren Barguil, who should be one of the riders to watch tomorrow at Mur-de-Bretagne. For now, the pro-continental wildcards have local Breton rider Elie Gesbert in the break. The gap is pushing four minutes now. Here was Barguil's reception this morning at Lorient.


After those early coastal roads we've hit the rolling hills of Brittany now. It's pretty much up and down here on in for the riders. Loads of black-and-white stripey humbug-style Brittany flags on display - as well as the nation's famous Tricolors.


The gap is up to 3'50" as the peloton grapples with a small but steep ramp. Lawson Craddock, the American who is riding with a fractured scapula, is on the back and riding through the pain barrier, as we're getting used to seeing on these climbs.


Puncture for Frenchman Pierre Latour of Ag2R-La Mondiale. He crashed on the opening weekend of the race, plus the team lost Domont yesterday and have Tony Gallopin still recovering from his injury from the French national championships. It's not ideal for Romain Bardet, but not critical just yet.


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After France beat Belgium 1-0 last night in the first World Cup semi-final, the peloton's thoughts have switched to the England vs Croatia game now...


The gap is fairly stable with the pack not wanting to give this seven-man break too much leeway. The quality of Lilian Calmejane will have been noted - the youngster won a stage in his maiden Tour last year and is a classy breakaway specialist in the mould of both Thomas Voeckler and his current team-mate Chavanel, who is in the break with him. 3'30" for now.


A reminder that we have five lower-category climbs on the menu today and a total of eight KOM points on offer. With three riders currently tied on one single point - but none of them in this break - we are guaranteed a new leader in the polka dot jersey competition, which is currently being led by Dion Smith of Wanty-Group Gobert.


The other rider who came of the worst in that pile-up yesterday was Axel Domont of Ag2R-La Mondiale, who was forced out of the race.


Robert Kiserlovski's crash and abandonment earlier today will be a huge blow for Katusha team-mate Ilnur Zakarin, who himself crashed yesterday and conceded a minute to his GC rivals. The Croatian was one of the Russian's important helpers for the mountains - and losing him will see Zakarin rather isolated in a team that is already split down the middle between him and miscuing sprinter Marcel Kittel.


More on Tiesj Benoot of Lotto Soudal, who crashed badly yesterday 10km from the finish and has second-degree dislocation of AC joint in right shoulder; bruised ribs, right shoulder blade and left wrist; abrasions on hips, back, arms, legs; cuts to right eyebrow and back of head. The Lotto Soudal doctors recommended that the Belgian youngster - who would have been suited to today's finish - didn't take to the start today.


The gap is up to three minutes now for our seven leaders, who were never caught by Minnaard. The Dutchman is now back with the peloton. A lovely neck of the French woods up here as the riders pass through Nevez.


Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) is currently talking to the race director with not inconsiderable theatrics. He's clearly unhappy about the sketchiness of the course today - it seems that he's taking umbrage about perceived dangers, the kind of which did for Kiserlovski earlier on.


More on that withdrawal this morning by the Australian Michael Matthews, who had been tipped to feature highly in today's stage - which culminates with a punchy climb in the last kilometre.


After that hectic start things have now calmed down now that the break has formed and been allowed to open up a decent gap. The BMC team-mates of yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet have come to the front of the peloton to instil a bit of order amid the chaos. The gap is 2'30" with Minnaard still somewhere in between.


The gap is over two minutes now for the seven-man break. Moscon is back with the pack after being held back by that Kiserlovski incident.


The four leaders are: Sylvain Chavanel and Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Julian Vermote (Direction Data), Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo Samsic), Jasper de Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and Thomas Skujins (Trek Segafredo). They have one rider in pursuit in Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).


Here a replay of the early attacks out there as soon as the stage got under way.


Meanwhile, we have a break of seven riders out in front including Direct Energie duo Sylvain Chavanel and Lilian Calmejane. The gap is over a minute.


Gianni Moscon was also involved in that crash but he's back on his bike and fighting to rejoin the peloton. Kiserlovski hit the deck badly - and even before the motorcycle swerved and crashed to avoid him, he looked in a bad way. He's withdrawn.


CRASH: Two riders have gone down, most notably Robert Kiserlovski of Katusha-Alpecin. It looks like he hit a central reservation and then smashed into the curb. As a TV motorcycle comes to film the action, the bike also crashes. Crazy scenes at the start of the stage.


Another sunny day in north-west France...


They're off! Christian Prudhomme waves his flag and there are a flurry of attacks from the outset...


The riders have almost come to the end of the neutral zone and we're almost under way. A few withdrawals to report: Axel Domont (Ag2R-La Mondiale) did not complete yesterday's stage after his heavy fall. Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) also hit the deck in the same incident and does not take to the start today despite finishing the stage 10 minutes down. And Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb - the reigning green jersey champion - fell ill last night and has withdrawn.


With five categorised climbs and constant ups-and-downs, the longest stage so far should bid farewell to the sprinters and encourage puncheurs, baroudeurs and rouleurs alike to fight for a break. The hilly terrain, narrow roads and even a few cobbles will have the GC riders on red alert: a bad day or untimely mechanical here could prove very costly. This classic Brittany stage features a key climb of the Boucles de l'Aulne race and has something of the brutality of the Ardennes about it. Expect to see local boys Fortuneo-Samsic very prominent.


Here's the official profile of the stage with five categorised climbs on the menu...


Yesterday, Colombian sensation Fernando Gaviria came from behind to win for a second time in his debut Tour de France with a thrilling Stage 4 sprint victory over Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel. On a slight uphill ramp and into a strong headwind at the conclusion of the 195km stage from La Baule to Sarzeau, it was the German veteran Greipel who launched an early and powerful sprint – only for Quick-Step Floors tyro Gaviria to show his class. Darting from the wheel of his trusty lead-out man Max Richeze, Gaviria surged past Lotto Soudal’s Greipel and then denied the world champion Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) his own second victory. Read all about it below...


Hello and welcome to live coverage of Stage 5 of the Tour de France - a lumpy 204.5km traipse through the Brittany countryside from Lorient to Quimper.