Tour de France: Van Aert wins stage 5

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) was given his chance to contest a Tour de France sprint in Privas instead of riding for team leader Primož Roglič, and the Belgian stepped up to win, coming off Cees Bol’s lead-out wheel to beat some of best sprinters in the sport.

Following a quiet stage, with no breakaway of the day, the final 20km were fast and furious into a strong head wind. The Ineos Grenadiers team tried to split the peloton with nine kilometres to go as road furniture narrowed the road but every team fought to keep their overall contenders and sprinters well placed up front. 

Bol had a perfect lead-out from five Sunweb teammates in the final two kilometres but simply couldn’t hold off Van Aert in the finishing straight, despite having the best line along the barriers. Both riders threw their bikes at the line but Van Aert won it and raised his arms in celebration.  

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finishing third and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) fourth, with the other sprinters left frustrated and further back. Bennett’s only minor consolation was taking the green jersey from Sagan to become the first Irish rider to lead a classification at the Tour de France since Sean Kelly in 1989. 

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished 16th, safely in the peloton but was stunned to be told post-stage that he had been penalised 20 seconds for an illegal feed from a road-side soigneur with 17km to go. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) was hastily called to the podium and awarded the yellow jersey.

UCI regulations state that 'unauthorised feeding' in the final 20km of a stage carries both a 200 Swiss franc fine and a 20-second time penalty per offence. Feeding from the roadside is considered dangerous due to the high speeds in the final part of races.

The 20-second time penalty meant Alaphilippe dropped to 16th place on the general classification, 16 seconds behind Yates.

Van Aert has now won Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, the Belgian time trial championships and two sprints in the rescheduled season, here at the Tour and another at the Critérium du Dauphiné. 

On Tuesday he was working as a mountain domestique for Roglič, now he has taken a second consecutive stage for Jumbo-Visma.   

“I knew it was a stage that suited me and I’m just so happy I got the opportunity from the team to go for it. If you have one shot and you can finish it off, it’s even more sweet,” he said.

Everyone in the peloton wanted to be on the Team Sunweb lead-out but Van Aert made sure he was there.  

“I think it was quite important to keep a good position early on because it was hard uphill,” he explained. 

“I managed to be behind Sunweb who did a good lead-out. Then I launched my sprint from the moment I saw Bol going in front of me. it was quite tight but I was also on the outside so I think it was maybe just half a wheel or something, but it was enough.”

How it unfolded

The 183km stage took the peloton east from Gap in the Haute-Alpes to the Rhône valley and then into the rolling roads of the Ardeche for the finish in Privas.

It was a true transition stage before the mountain finish at Mont Aigoual on Thursday, with a breakaway expected to take off early before the sprinters' teams took over and brought them to heel. 

However, when race director Christian Prudhomme waved a flag from the roof of his red car after the neutralized roll out, Bora-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-QuickStep sat at the front but there was no immediate attack for them to chase. 

Perhaps for a number of factors, including the intermediate sprint after 47km, fear of crosswinds in the final, thought for Thursday’s important stage and perhaps even a desire to show who is in charge, the race never came alive, with the riders happy to hold a truce and roll along. They didn’t go especially slow, eventually covering the stage at 42km/h, but there were just no real attacks.  

The intermediate sprint came after 47km in L'Epine but did little to ignite the race. 

The sprinters fought for the points and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won with his hands on the tops of his brake levers, indicating a lack of true intensity. Peter Sagan was only fourth and so the Irishman took the lead in the virtual green jersey classification, from the Slovakian. 

With Sagan clearly not at his best, his rivals seem to sense they have a chance of beating him in every sprint and even for the green jersey in Paris.  

Following the sprint the pace dropped again as the riders eased. The fears of the hectic, high-speed finish was clearly on their minds, with going in a futile breakaway not even inspiring the lesser teams.    

Deceuninck-QuickStep and Bora-Hansgrohe controlled the peloton for much of the middle part of the stage as the road descended gradually, winding via stunning gorges and lavender fields. After two hours the average speed was a steady 41.58km/h. 

The fourth category Col de Serre Colon (4.1km at 3.7%) after 130km failed to ignite the race, with Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) edging clear to sweep up the single point for the polka-dot mountains classification. 

Fortunately the descent, the narrow country roads and the fear for the finale, did then sparked some frissons of action. Bahrain McLaren, Jumbo-Visma, Movistar, Bora and NTT Pro Cycling began to gather at the front with less than 50km to race. It was finally race on. 

Wout Poels (Bahrain McLaren) was seen at the back, suffering due to bruised lungs and a broken rib. With the speeds up to around 50km/h, he was briefly cruelly cast away but did manage to make it back and limit his losses.

With 35km to go, Groupama-FDJ hit the front, protecting Pinot so as not to get caught in any echelons like at Albi a year ago. This time the dangerous section was before Montelimar with 40km to go. 

The peloton was packed across the road ready for an attack, an echelon or a crash but again, nothing much happened. The wind was more headwind than cross wind and so blunted any idea of attacking.         

The nervousness did spark one crash, with the USA’s Sepp Kuss going down. However, he was OK and was soon up and chasing back into the peloton. Soon after Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) also suffered a rear puncture but thanks to using caliper brakes, he received a rapid rear wheel change and chased back on. 

After passing through Montelimar and back into the hills, the headwind kept the peloton together, with teams lining up in formation, rubbing shoulders with their rivals.   

Cosnefroy was first to the top of the Côte de Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès with only 16km to go, but by then Alaphilippe had mistakenly taken that costly late bidon and everyone else was focused on the rapidly approaching, highly technical and rising sprint finish.

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PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma04:21:22
2Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-QuickstepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital ConceptRow 6 - Cell 2
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 7 - Cell 2
9Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up NationRow 9 - Cell 2
11Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Christophe Laporte (Fra) CofidisRow 11 - Cell 2
13Casper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 13 - Cell 2
15Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickstepRow 15 - Cell 2
17Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos GrenadiersRow 17 - Cell 2
19Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Guillaume Martin (Fra) CofidisRow 20 - Cell 2
22Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R la MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Nairo Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-SamsicRow 22 - Cell 2
24Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos GrenadiersRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 26 - Cell 2
28Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 27 - Cell 2
29Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R la MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 30 - Cell 2
32Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 31 - Cell 2
33Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 33 - Cell 2
35Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital ConceptRow 34 - Cell 2
36Simone Consonni (Ita) CofidisRow 35 - Cell 2
37Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Davide Formolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLarenRow 40 - Cell 2
42Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain McLarenRow 41 - Cell 2
43Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 44 - Cell 2
46Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct EnergieRow 47 - Cell 2
49Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 53 - Cell 2
55Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 54 - Cell 2
56Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R la MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-SamsicRow 56 - Cell 2
58Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT Pro CyclingRow 57 - Cell 2
59Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Pro CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 60 - Cell 2
62Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Pro CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain McLarenRow 62 - Cell 2
64Romain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct EnergieRow 63 - Cell 2
65Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickstepRow 64 - Cell 2
66Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 66 - Cell 2
68Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain McLarenRow 67 - Cell 2
69Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team SunwebRow 68 - Cell 2
70Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation00:00:17
73Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:00:30
74Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:00:30
75Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) NTT Pro Cycling00:00:35
76Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:00:35
77Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb00:00:46
78Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:01:05
79Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:01:07
80Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team00:01:09
81José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team00:01:09
82Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo00:01:09
83Dario Cataldo (Ita) Movistar Team00:01:09
84Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team00:01:13
85Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team00:01:13
86Maximilian Walscheid (Ger) NTT Pro Cycling00:01:13
87Jens Debusschere (Bel) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:01:16
88Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:01:25
89Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:01:25
90Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Pro Cycling00:01:25
91Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates00:01:30
92Michael Valgren (Den) NTT Pro Cycling00:01:43
93Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:01:49
94Ion Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:01:58
95Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:02:01
96Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:02:01
97Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis00:02:01
98Michael Gogl (Aut) NTT Pro Cycling00:02:08
99Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:02:33
100Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:02:33
101Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team00:02:33
102Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo00:02:45
103André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation00:03:06
104Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team Sunweb00:03:06
105Roman Kreuziger (Cze) NTT Pro Cycling00:03:11
106Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team00:03:11
107Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R la Mondiale00:03:29
108Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:29
109Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:29
110Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:29
111Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb00:03:29
112Ryan Gibbons (RSA) NTT Pro Cycling00:03:29
113Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:03:29
114Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers00:03:34
115Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers00:03:34
116Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:49
117Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal00:03:49
118Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:04:07
119Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain McLaren00:04:07
120Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain McLaren00:04:07
121David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
122Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis00:04:50
123Winner Anacona (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
124Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
125Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
126Nils Politt (Ger) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:50
127William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
128Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:04:50
129Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
130Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:04:50
131Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:50
132Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:50
133Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
134Dayer Quintana (Col) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
135Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
136Luke Rowe (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers00:04:50
137Daniel Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:50
138Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:04:50
139Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:50
140Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:04:50
141Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis00:04:50
142Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers00:04:50
143George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:50
144Samuel Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:50
145Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:50
146Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:50
147Tony Martin (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:50
148Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) CCC Team00:04:50
149Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:04:50
150Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-Visma00:04:50
151Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo00:04:50
152Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:50
153Lennard Kämna (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe00:04:50
154Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe00:04:50
155Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:50
156Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers00:04:50
157Jerome Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:50
158Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-Up Nation00:04:50
159Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:50
160Neilson Powless (USA) EF Pro Cycling00:04:50
161Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:50
162Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Team00:04:50
163David De la Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) UAE Team Emirates00:04:50
164Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale00:04:50
165Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team00:04:50
166Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis00:04:50
167Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott00:04:50
168Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain McLaren00:07:04
169Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb00:07:04
170Harold Alfonso Tejada Canacue (Col) Astana Pro Team00:07:04
171Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana Pro Team00:09:05
172Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers00:09:05
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Sprint 1 - L'Épine km. 47.5
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep20
2Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep17
3Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal15
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe13
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept11
6Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates10
7Matteo Trentin (Ita) CCC Team9
8Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Total Direct Energie8
9Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe7
10Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis6
11Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis5
12Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling4
13Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team3
14Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept2
15Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal1
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Sprint 2 - Vc Privas km. 183
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Wout van Aert (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma50
2Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb30
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-Quickstep20
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe18
5Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo16
6Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott14
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept12
8Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal10
9Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale8
10Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-Up Nation7
11Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) NTT Pro Cycling6
12Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis5
13Casper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb4
14Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates3
15Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team2
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Mountain 1 - Col De Serre Colon km. 130
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale1
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Mountain 2 - Côte De Saint-Vincent-De-Barrès km. 167
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R la Mondiale1
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Young riders
PlaceRider (Country) TeamResult
1Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb04:21:22
2Casper Phillip Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 1 - Cell 2
3Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos GrenadiersRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro CyclingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Pro CyclingRow 6 - Cell 2
8Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickstepRow 7 - Cell 2
9Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team SunwebRow 8 - Cell 2
10Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:01:49
11Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:02:01
12Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal00:03:29
13Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep00:03:29
14Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb00:03:29
15Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels-Vital Concept00:03:29
16David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
17Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ00:04:50
18Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie00:04:50
19Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
20Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic00:04:50
21Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo00:04:50