A quiet stage after the TTT
Sarzeau, July 10th, ST4 – “It was the classic stage – commented Franco Pellizotti – that comes after the efforts of the time trial. We traveled peacefully up to 60km from the finish when the speed started to increase. There were some crashes caused by the narrow and winding streets but overall it was fine “.
Among the riders forced to put their foot on the ground our Gorka Izagirre: “Only 5km were missing and some athletes fell in front of me. I braked but someone came from behind me. I hit the knee on the frame of my bike but without particular consequences. A bit of ice and tomorrow I will be at the start! “.
The young Colombian Fernando Gaviria won his second stage at this Tour de France ahead of world champion Peter Sagan.
The fifth stage from Lorientt to Quimper (204km) has several côtes and the longest of which, Côte de la montagne de Locronan, measures 2.2km with a gradient of 5.9%. Even the last kilometer is uphill with an average gradient close to 5%. “Compared to today’s – said Sonny Colbrelli – the Quimper’s finish line is better suited to sprinters that resist uphill”.
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