Tour de France 2019 stage 5 St D -Vosges - Colmar 175.5km

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If Van Aert had a better position, let's say the one that GVA had, he would've given Sagan a hard time and probably could've won.

Anyway, congrats for Peter. Record Green Jersey in the making.
 
Sunweb work hard and get nothing, Bora work hard and get the win. If Sunweb had not worked ... probably the same outcome.

Chapeau Sagan - Van Aert had some good speed, but ... no cigar! Better positioning would have given him the win.
 
Kruijswijk vs. Alaphilippe tomorrow, that part is for certain - who prefers yellow as fashion statement.... plus at least a dozen guys who are dangerous for GC / maillot jaune, and who have some scores to settle on Belles Filles
 
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Velolover2 said:
It seems like the gradients is more important than the length in modern cycling.

5 climbs averaging 1 km of 8% in the last 60 k > 3 climbs averaging 5 km of 5% in the last 60 k
Because everyone but pure sprinters can hang on when there is a steady, even if pretty fast, pace on 5% climbs and no one is able to attack because alone is a suicide. Today there were more riders than two days ago.
 
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ClassicomanoLuigi said:
Kruijswijk vs. Alaphilippe tomorrow, that part is for certain - who prefers yellow as fashion statement.... plus at least a dozen guys who are dangerous for GC / maillot jaune, and who have some scores to settle on Belles Filles
Alaphilippe will lose 3 minutes tomorrow and Kruijswijk wouldn't be wearing yellow.

That part is certain.
 
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Nirvana said:
Velolover2 said:
It seems like the gradients is more important than the length in modern cycling.

5 climbs averaging 1 km of 8% in the last 60 k > 3 climbs averaging 5 km of 5% in the last 60 k
Because everyone but pure sprinters can hang on when there is a steady, even if pretty fast, pace on 5% climbs and no one is able to attack because alone is a suicide. Today there were more riders than two days ago.
Also GC guys and teams saving themselves for tomorrow
 
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Jagartrott said:
Amazingly, five stages in, no-one has yet abandoned. Is this (partly) because tramadol and other sh** has been banned?
Because of luck. Fuglsang, for example, was very lucky. Today, that divider at the bottom of a hill just after the sharp right turn could have caused mayhem. Luck.
 
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I wonder what Costa was thinking today. "That final climb might not be hard enough to create significant gaps. So let's rather attack right when the flat part starts" ???
 
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Gigs_98 said:
I wonder what Costa was thinking today. "That final climb might not be hard enough to create significant gaps. So let's rather attack right when the flat part starts" ???
I’m guessing he figured he wasn’t going to win in the sprint, so why not try something. But that was a large group to try to escape from, and he had to know there were at least a couple of teams who had enough riders there to put together a decent chase, even if it did take a couple of minutes to organize.
 
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Jagartrott said:
Amazingly, five stages in, no-one has yet abandoned.
Many crashes, but only involving relatively few riders in each case. It seems like a coincidence that no rider has abandonned. There has been some serious incidents that could have caused severe injury.
 
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Gigs_98 said:
I wonder what Costa was thinking today. "That final climb might not be hard enough to create significant gaps. So let's rather attack right when the flat part starts" ???
He attacked just before a bridge. Bridges are often used for attacks within the final few kilometers. Even 5-10 vertical meters can have an effect in those situations.
 

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