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Tour de France 2018 stage 5: Lorient > Quimper 204,5 km

10 Jul 2018 15:58

The fifth stage of the Tour de France is the first hilly, bumpy stage of this years route.

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The start takes place in Lorient, a town and seaport in Brittany (Bretagne), a cultural region in the French Republic. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years, but the modern Lorient is a relatively new town, considering aforementioned timeframe. The cause of that, is the Missisippi Company choosing to place their headquarters some 300 hundred years ago, which gave a boost to Lorients population and status in the country. In 1769 the town's infrastructure became property of the King of France, and it evolved as a naval base for La Royale, the French navy. In World War II, while France was under occupation by Germany, Lorient became home to a submarine base, Keroman, which was in use by the navy until the turn of the century, eventually turning to a museum, open to the public.

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Even though the base isn't in function anymore, the offshore sector is still very big in Lorient, which isn't called "the five port city" for nothing! The many marinas, passenger ships, the largest cargo port in Brittany (Kergroise), and a shipyard, where warships are built.

Culturally, Lorient being located in Brittany, Celtic influence is definitely to be felt. The culmination of this is the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient (celebrated annually from 1970), which is a celebration of Celtic culture and tradition, whether it being music and dancing, or other crafts.

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A Tour de France stage has ended in Lorient 7 times, two of them in this century. In the 9th stage of the 2002 Tour, a 52 kilometer long time trail ended in Lorient, where Santiago Botero won, beating runner-up (and 2nd in GC after the stage) Lance Armstrong by 11 seconds. The last time was in 2006, where Sylvain Calzati from AG2R won after attacking from the break.

The stage passes by the town of Pont-Aven, the hometown of the Pont-Aven-School, which is a term of artwork picturing Pont-Aven, where painters Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin was enchanted by the picturesque town. Below Gauguin's "Watermill in Pont-Aven" from 1894, which can be seen with your own eyes in Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

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By Paul Gauguin - The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=151293

The stage finish is in the town of Quimper, where the peloton might get a view of the gothic style Saint Corentin Cathedral of Quimper, which has been standing tall and proud for 800 years.

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A cathedral as this isn't something you can take home as a souvenir, but lucky for you, Quimper produces fine tin glazed pottery, also called faience. The faience in this town, called Quimper faïence, has been produced since the year 1708, and even today is still painted by hand.

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The faïence typically features the "petit Breton", a Breton man or woman in traditional outfit, and which is a classic souvenir to treat yourself with or perhaps as a gift to a dear friend?

Quimper has laid asphalt to 4 Tour stage finishes, last time in 2004, while a young Thomas Voeckler was in yellow, where Thor Hushovd won after a dog caused a crash in the last part of the stage.

Have a look at the facts of the stage...

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Time bonus sprint

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Map of the last kilometers, provided by Robert5091

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Last kilometer

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...and tell us, who will end up with victory? Can a GC contender be caught off guard today, or will someone take advantage of the bumpy nature of the stage to take some time of his rivals?

General classification before tomorrow:

1. Greg Van AVERMAET (BMC)
2. Tejay van GARDEREN (BMC) s.t.
3. Geraint THOMAS (SKY) + 3''
4. Philippe GILBERT (Quickstep) + 5''
5. Bob JUNGELS (Quickstep) + 7''
6. Julian ALAPHILIPPE (Quickstep) s.t.
7. Tom DUMOULIN (Sunweb) + 11''
8. Søren KRAGH ANDERSEN (Sunweb) st. *
9. Michael MATTHEWS (Sunweb) st.
10. Rigoberto URAN (EF-ED) + 35''
* Youth classification leader

Polka-dot jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Dion SMITH (Wanty) 1
2. Kevin LEDANOIS (Fortuneo) 1
3. Anthony PEREZ (Cofidis) 1

Points jersey competition before tomorrow:

1. Peter SAGAN (Bora) 143
2. Fernando GAVIRIA (Quickstep) 139
3. Alexander KRISTOFF (UAE) 72
4. André GREIPEL (Lotto-Soudal) 65
5. Arnaud DEMARE (G.FDJ) 52

Weather forecast

Lorient, morning:

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Quimper, afternoon:

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Re: Tour de France 2018 stage 5: Lorient > Quimper 204,5 km

10 Jul 2018 16:02

Hell of an OP.

Sagan takes this.
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10 Jul 2018 16:30

Let's go hilly sprint
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10 Jul 2018 16:34

Yeah, great post. Will be the first road stage I plan on watching live, instead skipping it and finding a "final KM" video.
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10 Jul 2018 16:34

Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.
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10 Jul 2018 16:37

GVA
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10 Jul 2018 16:39

Sagan, Matthews and Colbrelli should be favorites.
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10 Jul 2018 16:48

More Strides than Rides wrote:Yeah, great post. Will be the first road stage I plan on watching live, instead skipping it and finding a "final KM" video.


Good for you.

It will be the fifth for me.

Anyone else have a number?
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10 Jul 2018 17:16

Not only up and down finish, but left and right too -

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A 400 metres uphill at 3% ends with 1.4 kilometres to go before a short drop runs to the deciding fase of the race. The final kilometre run-in to the line climbs at 4.8%.

The last time the Tour de France finished in Quimper was in 2004 when Thor Hushovd powered to the win, outsprinting the pack by bike lengths on the uphill arrival. (see fuzzy video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWZTuDSAvpQ )
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10 Jul 2018 17:24

Reduced bunch sprint. Sagan wins.
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10 Jul 2018 17:26

Robert5091 wrote:Not only up and down finish, but left and right too -

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A 400 metres uphill at 3% ends with 1.4 kilometres to go before a short drop runs to the deciding fase of the race. The final kilometre run-in to the line climbs at 4.8%.

The last time the Tour de France finished in Quimper was in 2004 when Thor Hushovd powered to the win, outsprinting the pack by bike lengths on the uphill arrival. (see fuzzy video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWZTuDSAvpQ )


Oh, dear. Thomas Kristensen was not the best thing happening to Danish cycling coverage. Good thing they realised that.

And that was Klöden sprinting to 5th. Not that foreseeable...
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10 Jul 2018 17:33

Lequack wrote:Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.

Na, too hard for him i guess. His teammates Gilbert and Balaphilippe will have a much greater chance here.
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10 Jul 2018 17:39

De Gendt to be in polka dot tomorrow evening.

Stage win will be Sagan if he’s with the group, ahead of Colbrelli and GvA. If it’s a little harder than that, between Alaf, Valverde, Benoot, Martin etc. and Quickstep take yellow just ahead of Tejay (who will stay with Porte) on time bonus.
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10 Jul 2018 17:55

Matthews maybe a chance but Sagan should be favourite. Gilbert and Alaphillipe need a more difficult finish. GVA may have a chance if the bunch splits up on the run in.
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10 Jul 2018 17:56

MCN (sprint) or Valgren (late attack) FTW
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10 Jul 2018 17:59

Laplaz wrote:
Lequack wrote:Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.

Na, too hard for him i guess. His teammates Gilbert and Balaphilippe will have a much greater chance here.

The profile picture is not quite correct. The climb starts with 700m to go, then it's 400m at about 8% and the last 300m it's 1-2% max. I think it's not steep enough for Sagan to drop Gaviria.
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10 Jul 2018 18:05

Lequack wrote:Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.

I don't think so!
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10 Jul 2018 18:06

Lance Armstrong wrote:
Laplaz wrote:
Lequack wrote:Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.

Na, too hard for him i guess. His teammates Gilbert and Balaphilippe will have a much greater chance here.

The profile picture is not quite correct. The climb starts with 700m to go, then it's 400m at about 8% and the last 300m it's 1-2% max. I think it's not steep enough for Sagan to drop Gaviria.

Sagan won't drop Gaviria there because he would be already dropped by then.
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10 Jul 2018 18:06

Alaphilippe ftw (I hope). I feel like one of the GC big boys will try an attack
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10 Jul 2018 18:07

Lance Armstrong wrote:
Laplaz wrote:
Lequack wrote:Fernando Gavaria wit ha hattrick.

Na, too hard for him i guess. His teammates Gilbert and Balaphilippe will have a much greater chance here.

The profile picture is not quite correct. The climb starts with 700m to go, then it's 400m at about 8% and the last 300m it's 1-2% max. I think it's not steep enough for Sagan to drop Gaviria.

No, but it will take more out of Gaviria's legs than out of Sagans.

Sagan and Colbrelli are the favorites for me. Matthews hasn't done much in any sprint this year. I wonder if Alaphilippe might be the better choice for the Steppers.

Valverde to take seconds by the way.
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