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

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Vlasov looked really good today. He might not have experience on the cobbles, but he has raced the Strade Bianche stage in the last Giro and multiple Italian races with a decent amount of unpaved roads in the u23 ranks. Clearly no Menchov/Zakarin/Sivakov when it comes to bike handling skills.
Also had one of the strongest teams. Schachmann, Van Poppel and Politt all with big pulls on the front and keeping him in a good position. Bora´s new GC focus once again delivering good results.
 
Thomas on ITV saying he was caught up in a crash with some Bahrain riders - I think Haig was a DNF. Apparently Thomas damage his bike.

Also Yates saying he was caught behind a crash.

Both seem happy to have limited the losses.
 
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  1. Bettiol has questions to answer, that was bizarre stuff today.
  2. Bad day all round for Jumbo although Vingegaard will be happy he limited the time loss and his team saved him big time today. They didn't do as much to help Roglic but I guess that was largely because of the JV trouble earlier and having to split resources. A downside of having joint team leaders.
  3. Team UAE were invisible and have been so far in this tour. If Pogacar is to get into trouble it will either be due to a crash or the weakness of his team.
  4. Pogacar is a monster in all terrain and looks unbeatable. For the races sake he would need to lose time to his rivals but instead the opposite has happened. There have been dominant riders in the past who grinded the opposition down with team tactics but the fact that he is doing it almost by himself makes it far better to watch as a spectacle and he is such a good bike handler.
  5. These cobbled stages should be ridden far more frequent in the tour.
  6. Not looking good now for Froome to win his 5th tour.
 
So what happened during the 'bike change farce' of Jumbo...?

Vingegaard had his chain dropped. Van Hooydonck stopped and wanted to repair the chain on Vingegaard bike. Vingegaard was never supposed to take Van Hooydonck's bike as Van Hooydonck is probably sitting on a XL and Vingegaard has something like a S or M size.
But Vingegaard, supposed to hold Van Hooydonck's bike for a moment, "stole" his bike and only realised it was too big when he was 100 meters further (panic decision).

WvA caught up with Vingegaard struggling to pedal, he waved at Vingegaard ('follow my wheel'!) but Vingegaard couldn't even pedal so he freewheeled untill...
Soon Vingegaard caught up with Kruiswijk who waited with a bike that fits Vingegaard (only Kuss and Kruiswijk are supposed to change bikes with Vingegaard as they have more or less the same size), and they switched bikes. Next you see Kruiswijk trying to mount Van Hooydoncks bike (quite funny / farcical), and just at the same time Vingegaard sees the team car and quickly changes bikes.
 
So what happened during the 'bike change farce' of Jumbo...?

Vingegaard had his chain dropped. Van Hooydonck stopped and wanted to repair the chain on Vingegaard bike. Vingegaard was never supposed to take Van Hooydonck's bike as Van Hooydonck is probably sitting on a XL and Vingegaard has something like a S or M size.
But Vingegaard, supposed to hold Van Hooydonck's bike for a moment, "stole" his bike and only realised it was too big when he was 100 meters further (panic decision).

WvA caught up with Vingegaard struggling to pedal, he waved at Vingegaard ('follow my wheel'!) but Vingegaard couldn't even pedal so he freewheeled untill...
Soon Vingegaard caught up with Kruiswijk who waited with a bike that fits Vingegaard (only Kuss and Kruiswijk are supposed to change bikes with Vingegaard as they have more or less the same size), and they switched bikes. Next you see Kruiswijk trying to mount Van Hooydoncks bike (quite funny / farcical), and just at the same time Vingegaard sees the team car and quickly changes bikes.
Yeah the Vingo dude seems a bit dumb.
 
Awesome win for Clarke and IPT. Well deserved.

I wonder what was going on for Jasper leading Pokémon when the stage was out of reach. Also, Powless must have had brain damage when he decided to drop Cort.
Cort was going to drop on that final sector no matter who led the group through there—and how is Powless supposed to know, in the middle of a hard pave’ sector that Cory has gone off the back?
 
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also Powless could have Giovanni Lombardi, Mikael Morkov and Mark Renshaw in the group on his team and still not win the sprint. There are people on forums I post on that have literally beaten him in sprints.
 
Bad day all round for Jumbo although Vingegaard will be happy he limited the time loss and his team saved him big time today. They didn't do as much to help Roglic but I guess that was largely because of the JV trouble earlier and having to split resources. A downside of having joint team leaders.
Surely the upside of having joint team leaders is that they still have a rider within 20 seconds of Pogacar instead of having just one guy more than 2 minutes back carrying an injury.
 
So what happened during the 'bike change farce' of Jumbo...?

Vingegaard had his chain dropped. Van Hooydonck stopped and wanted to repair the chain on Vingegaard bike. Vingegaard was never supposed to take Van Hooydonck's bike as Van Hooydonck is probably sitting on a XL and Vingegaard has something like a S or M size.
But Vingegaard, supposed to hold Van Hooydonck's bike for a moment, "stole" his bike and only realised it was too big when he was 100 meters further.
WvA caught up with Vingegaard struggling to pedal, he waved at Vingegaard ('follow my wheel'!) but Vingegaard couldn't even pedal so he freewheeled untill...
Soon Vingegaard caught up with Kruiswijk who waited with a bike that fits Vingegaard (only Kuss and Kruiswijk are supposed to change bikes with Vingegaard as they have more or less the same size), and they switched bikes. Next you see Kruiswijk trying to mount Van Hooydoncks bike (quite funny / farcical), and just at the same time Vingegaard sees the team car and quickly changes bikes.
I'd like to be a fly on the wall on the Jumbo team bus tonight. I imagine there will be a few sore bodies, a few sore ears and a few bruised egos. Lots of questions to answer as to how it unravelled today despite the numbers at the front.
 
  1. Bettiol has questions to answer, that was bizarre stuff today.
  2. Bad day all round for Jumbo although Vingegaard will be happy he limited the time loss and his team saved him big time today. They didn't do as much to help Roglic but I guess that was largely because of the JV trouble earlier and having to split resources. A downside of having joint team leaders.
  3. Team UAE were invisible and have been so far in this tour. If Pogacar is to get into trouble it will either be due to a crash or the weakness of his team.
  4. Pogacar is a monster in all terrain and looks unbeatable. For the races sake he would need to lose time to his rivals but instead the opposite has happened. There have been dominant riders in the past who grinded the opposition down with team tactics but the fact that he is doing it almost by himself makes it far better to watch as a spectacle and he is such a good bike handler.
  5. These cobbled stages should be ridden far more frequent in the tour.
  6. Not looking good now for Froome to win his 5th tour.
The amount of nonsense spoken on here about Bettoil - a very experienced rider - beggars belief.
I thought his tactics were spot on and actually benefitted the break. On one of the sectors he drove on the front the gap was about 1 min 30 at the start of the sector, came down to 1 min 15 at the end of the sector but quickly went back up to 1 min 50 when they were on normal roads.
if you can get rid of the helpers on the cobbles then there will be a lot of looking around once you get off the cobbles as the riders who are left are those who do not want to put too much effort in.
What kills the break is a consistent chase, with bodies prepared to put a shift in. What benefits a break is constant changes in speed in the chase group.
Anyone who thinks Bettiol cost Powless Yellow today knows zero about cycling
 

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