After the major time losses and numerous crashes during the Grand Départ in Brittany, the fifth stage of the Tour de France brought another general classification flashpoint during the first week of the race.
The 27.2-kilometre time trial from Changé to Laval would be the first of two in this year's race, and provided another shakeup at the top of the standings, including a change in the race leadership.
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) picked up where he left off at the Tour, blitzing a time trial in the white jersey, with the only difference being that he didn't take the yellow jersey.
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) held on in the race lead with an equally stunning ride, and lies eight seconds up on Pogačar. Wout van Aert's (Jumbo-Visma) fourth place keeps him third overall, 30 seconds down, while Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished with a disappointing time of 33:11 to take 14th and slip to fourth overall, 48 seconds back.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was the next-best GC man in the time trial, taking seventh on the stage but shedding 44 seconds to his compatriot. He now lies in 10th, a massive 1:48 down.
Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-Nippo) had a good day but still shed 1:08 to Pogačar with his time of 33:08. The Colombian now seventh overall at 1:29. Astana-Premier Tech man Alexey Lutsenko rode another stunning time trial to finish 10th and move up to sixth overall, 1:21 down.
Urán's compatriots Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) and Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) had poor days out, with Quintana's time of 34:36 taking him down 10 places to 18th overall at 2:45, while Chaves' 35:03 means he now lies in 22nd at 3:24.
There were mixed fortunes for the French contenders outside of Alaphilippe. Pierre Latour (Team TotalEnergies) impressed to finish 15th at 33:14 and now holds sixth place overall at 1:28. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) lost a further minute and slumps to 17th, 2:35 down.
Movistar's Enric Mas drops seven places to 14th after losing 1:49, and he's now 2:08 down. The Dutch pair of Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) disappointed to lose 1:47 and 1:49 respectively. The pair lie either side of Mas at 13th and 15th.
Elsewhere, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) moved up one spot to 16th, 2:16 down, after riding a 33:52 for 29th, and Vincenzo Nibali's (Trek-Segafredo) 34:31 is in 19th place at 2:55.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix||16:51:41|
|2||Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates||0:00:08|
|3||Wout Van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma||0:00:30|
|4||Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:00:48|
|5||Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech||0:01:21|
|6||Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies||0:01:28|
|7||Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo||0:01:29|
|8||Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma||0:01:43|
|9||Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers||0:01:44|
|10||Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma||0:01:48|
|12||Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:01:54|
|13||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:01:56|
|14||Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team||0:01:58|
|15||Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo||0:02:08|
|16||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech||0:02:16|
|17||David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ||0:02:35|
|18||Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic||0:02:45|
|19||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo||0:02:55|
|20||Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo||0:03:06|
|21||Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious||0:03:24|
|22||Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange|
|24||Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka-NextHash||0:03:55|
|25||Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers||0:03:58|
|26||Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange||0:03:59|
|29||Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:04:31|
|31||Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:04:39|
|33||Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team||0:04:56|
|35||Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis||0:05:17|
|36||Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team||0:05:20|
|39||Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious||0:05:25|
|40||Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux||0:05:40|
|58||Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team||0:10:13|
|61||Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange||0:10:49|
|70||Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-up Nation||0:12:01|
|90||Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation||0:14:53|
|109||Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers||0:18:29|
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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.
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