Tour de France 2020 | Stage 5 (Gap - Privas, 183 km)

The almost-yearly visit to Gap and a slight drag to the finish bookend this transitional stage, which should see the third sprint in five days.

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Timetable
Start: 13:10
Intermediate sprint: 14:22/14:25/14:29
Col de Serre Colon: 16:09/16:15/16:17
Côte de Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès: 16:58/17:07/17:18
Finish: 17:18/17:29/17:41

Climbs
Very little of note, the organisers have chosen the easiest possible route to exit the Alps. For reference's sake, this is what the 'climb' on which the intermediate sprint looks like. The roads become a bit hillier as the stage goes on, but neither the Col de Serre Colon nor the Côte de Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès, the latter of which is inside the final 20k, should bother the sprinters much.

Finish
Much more technical than the previous stages, especially towards the end. The false-flat drags on until the flamme rouge, where the riders turn right on a roundabout. From here, it's essentially a series of (gentle) curves all the way until the finish line. There's another roundabout at 250 to go, but it has supposedly been flattened for the race. There should be a slight headwind in the final kilometer.




General classification after Stage 4
  1. Julian Alaphilippe
  2. Adam Yates + 0.04
  3. Primoz Roglic + 0.07
  4. Tadej Pogacar + 0.11
  5. Guillaume Martin + 0.13
  6. Egan Bernal + 0.17
  7. Tom Dumoulin s.t.
  8. Esteban Chaves s.t.
  9. Nairo Quintana s.t.
  10. Miguel Ángel López s.t.
Points classification after Stage 4
  1. Peter Sagan 83
  2. Sam Bennett 83
  3. Alexander Kristoff 80
  4. Matteo Trentin 61
  5. Giacomo Nizzolo 51
KOM classification after Stage 4
  1. Benoît Cosnefroy 21
  2. Michael Gogl 12
  3. Primoz Roglic 10
  4. Tadej Pogacar 8
  5. Guillaume Martin 6
Young riders classification after Stage 4
  1. Tadej Pogacar
  2. Egan Bernal + 0.06
  3. Enric Mas + 0.15
  4. Sergio Higuita + 0.34
  5. Marc Hirschi s.t.
 
This should be within the limits of most sprinters, although positioning will be key considering there's little space to move up after the roundabout at the flamme rouge. I'd expect some classics riders to contest this finish but none of them to win.
 
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Finish
Much more technical than the previous stages, especially towards the end. The false-flat drags on until the flamme rouge, where the riders turn right on a roundabout. From here, it's essentially a series of (gentle) curves all the way until the finish line. There's another roundabout at 250 to go, but it has supposedly been flattened for the race. There should be a slight headwind in the final kilometer.
I just looked that roundabout up on google maps. That would be a big job to flatten that structure and landscaping, just for a bike race, and there are traffic islands coming in and going out.
 
There could be some crosswind on the part to Montélimar. It think they will be nervous in the last 50 km.

Will there be a rider who wants to go in the break today? They have to pay him a lot of money.
 
This isn't too hard for anyone lol. The only thing the drag does is very slightly change the balance between sprinters, and cause the final 500m is basically flat it's even less than otherwise.

The leadout does get more complicated though.
 
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