Tour de France Tour de France 2022: Stage 5 (Lille Métropole – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 157k)

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WVA crashed and ran into a car when it touched its brakes and still was the main reason Vingo saved his Tour, so I don't see any case against him. He did fantastic pulling Vingo back with no help from other teams. Where was Ineos? Their entire fresh team with specialists and 3 GT "contenders" didn't do nearly as much as WVA did by himself. My issue is with team decision making. When Roglic dropped they should have sent either La Tour or WVA back to quickly get him to the Vingo group. He was immediately behind the team cars by himself. A quick effort there and he saves his Tour ambitions. Instead, he was left to his own and then with inferior support and look what happened. He had to do a ton of pulling himself after the crash. Vingo did literally 0, so huge win for Vingo securing team leadership. I don't want to see Roglic tap out.
That's all true except for the part that Jumbo may have acknowledged that Roglic's crash was too harsh for him to stand a chance even if we didn't loose time.

Hence the difference between a crash and a mechanical.
 
Bettiol charging on several occasions with two of his teammates in the front group was so obvious and really unsavoury. This kind of deal has always been in cycling fair enough, but doing it whilst screwing over your mates, he should be thrown out by his team.

Pogacar looked really good on the stones however, a bit of good luck in no mechanicals yes but always in good position every time.
Uran was in the group and they had an interest in putting time into the WVA group that had several GC riders distanced.
 
The reason this is a huuuuuuge win for Pog is that it was literally the ONLY stage where Pog might be at a disadvantage (bad luck, mech issues that have plagued UAE all season, etc.).

However, the opposite happened.

And Rog has already shown to be on the downhill this season, so frankly no great loss there.

the killer is that other than Vingo, all other close competitors are going to be thrilled to battle it out for podium or top five. Even G.
 
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WVA crashed and ran into a car when it touched its brakes and still was the main reason Vingo saved his Tour, so I don't see any case against him. He did fantastic pulling Vingo back with no help from other teams. Where was Ineos? Their entire fresh team with specialists and 3 GT "contenders" didn't do nearly as much as WVA did by himself. My issue is with team decision making. When Roglic dropped they should have sent either La Tour or WVA back to quickly get him to the Vingo group. He was immediately behind the team cars by himself. A quick effort there and he saves his Tour ambitions. Instead, he was left to his own and then with inferior support and look what happened. He had to do a ton of pulling himself after the crash. Vingo did literally 0, so huge win for Vingo securing team leadership. I don't want to see Roglic tap out.
Rabo indeed failed, but Ineos rode like bitches and underwhelmed for all the hype. The 3 Ineos GC riders finished in the same group as noted cobble specialists Thibaut Pinot and Enric Mas.
 

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