Tour de France stage 5 analysis: Breaking bad

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The peloton during stage 5 of the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The satirist and author Thomas Carlyle once claimed that he would rather die of exhaustion than boredom. Not a problem that was likely to afflict the 2020 Tour de France peloton on stage 5 of the race. As race director Christian Prudhomme waved his flag dramatically to signal the start of hostilities just outside Gap, his car accelerated away, leaving space between his back bumper and the front of the peloton for the attackers to rush into.

Nothing happened.

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Edward Pickering is Procycling magazine's editor. He graduated in French and Art History from Leeds University and spent three years teaching English in Japan before returning to do a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism at Harlow College, Essex. He did a two-week internship at Cycling Weekly in late 2001 and didn't leave until 11 years later, by which time he was Cycle Sport magazine's deputy editor. After two years as a freelance writer, he joined Procycling as editor in 2015. He is the author of The Race Against Time, The Yellow Jersey Club and Ronde, and he spends his spare time running, playing the piano and playing taiko drums.