Provisional GC after stage 4:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Deceuninck-Fast-Step) 18hrs 07mins 04secs
2. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +4secs
3. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) +7secs
4. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Workforce Emirates) +11secs
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) +13secs
6. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +17secs
7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) Similar time
8. Esteban Chaves (Col/Mitchelton-Scott)
9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana)
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Consequence from stage 4:
1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Workforce Jumbo-Visma 4:07:47
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Workforce Emirates
3 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
4 Nairo Quintana (Col) Workforce Arkea-Samsic
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep
6 Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Professional Workforce
7 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
9 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain McLaren
10 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
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Roglic and Jumbo-Visma look distinctly stronger than Bernal and Ineos at this level. There appears to be like to be a altering of the guard happening.
Gary Naylor as soon as extra: “Helluva soar from Roglic, however can he do this on an HC col with 5kms to go after which maintain the hassle? The distinction between a stage winner and a GC winner I believe.”
I’m saying he can. He has the staff round him. Sepp Kuss appears to be like just like the superior superdomestique within the subject.
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Roglic so highly effective there, and confirmed the remainder of the favourites how robust he’s. The pre-race favorite with a present of what he can deliver to this Tour. Sepp Kuss gave an important lead-out up the hill and Jumbo-Visma confirmed nice management. It appears to be like like Alaphilippe, burned off on the finish, will stay in yellow.
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Primoz Roglic takes the stage!
Into the final kilometre. Roglic bides his time. Martin goes from the entrance, however Roglic and Bernal get throughout to him. Bernal couldn’t maintain the wheel of Roglic. Right here comes the dash. And Roglic takes the win!
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1 km to go: That is cagey, an intriguing tactical battle. No person will be capable of make a lot time on anybody. Wout van Aert lastly provides up the lead. Okay, right here go Roglic and Bernal simply off the entrance. Yates is tucked in. Able to pounce? Carapaz has gone.
2km to go: Dumoulin, Alaphilippe, Roglic and Bernal all in there with Bernal on his personal, two Ineos riders alongside him. Adam Yates biding his time. That is being arrange for a end with all of the favourites concerned.
3km: Rolland is introduced again in and Adam Yates is being set as much as make his option to the entrance as he sits again tenth or so. Alaphilippe is alone amid the group. Will he be in yellow by the top of the day? Wout van Aert is main the sphere up the hill for Jumbo-Visma.
4km to go: This can be a huge group as no one has but performed their hand however right here goes Pierre Rolland on the break. The tempo lifts and this may unfold out the sphere. Jumbo-Visma take up the chase.
5km to go: Jumbo-Visma begin to lose riders because the race hots up. Roglic has only one teammate, and Adam Yates is sat again. Alaphilippe to the fore and fortunately so. The highway is winding however huge and never too steep. Pinot is thereabouts too.
6 km: Neilands waves goodbye as he’s eaten up and spat out and we may have the scrumdown for the summit end that we hoped for. The breakaway by no means acquired greater than 4 minutes away and so was not going to remain away. Most of the GC contenders, together with Pinto, Richie Porte and Fabio Aru, should do that as a solo mission. Tony Martin is taking over the tempo for Jumbo-Visma. Alaphilippe appears to be like snug and able to one other win. He’s proper within the vanguard.
8km to go: Now, who will lead the peloton up the hill? Seems like Jumbo-Visma, with Ineos sustaining an curiosity. Quickstep, for whom Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels stay, have performed loads of work. Pacher and Vuillermoz drop again into the peloton after which drop behind it nearly instantly. Neilands has simply 30 seconds now as the ultimate climb approaches.
10 km to go: Neilands is courageous and giving it his all, however his lead is slipping away to properly beneath a minute because the peloton begins to place the hammer down. Quickstep on the entrance of the peloton have dwindled down to 3 with Alaphilippe on the again.
15 km to go: Neilands flies down the descent from that Cat 3 climb. He has 90 seconds on the peloton. Will that be sufficient for the seven kilometre summit end? It appears unlikely although might be value a strive. This has clearly been the plan of the Israel Begin-Up Nation staff all day. Now begins a lesser climb till that remaining Cat 1.
19 km to go: Krist Neilands, the Latvian, has gone for the stage win, having been guarded all day by Politt. Pacher is not going to be claiming the 2 mountain factors as he’s been left for mud. He’s acquired 1’ 25” on the sphere. And right here’s that Benoot crash:
20 km to go: Simply 4 within the breakaway now, with Politt’s legs having gone as he drops again down the hill. Krists Neilands, Alexis Vuillermoz and Quentin Pacher stay. Benoot, who waves to the digicam, is again with the peloton.
23 km to go: A Mr Blackflame Options, of the Amsterdam department of the Options household, affords this on the good TV debate: “I at all times felt that as Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen have been primarily devoted to the US market they ended up trying relatively foolish when ‘a sure Texan’ acquired discovered as a really naughty boy certainly. The Belgian duo of Michel Wuyts and Jose de Cauwer (who was Greg Lemond’s staff supervisor when he received the Tour in 1989 are so knowledgeable and entertaining that an important many Dutch viewers desire to look at the TV protection supplied by their neighbouring nation (the language is identical). The Dutch commentators must endure the final assumption in The Netherlands that the extra knowledgeable Dutch biking followers have tuned their TV to the Flemish broadcaster.”
25km to go: Quickstep appear to have thinned out of the entrance of the group. Simply 4 of them up there and that features Alaphilippe. Ineos are sat off Jumbo-Visma. The times of the Sky practice appear to be gone. The hole to the entrance has dropped to beneath two minutes now.
Oh no! Tiesj Benoot, within the breakaway group, has had a nasty crash. He’s gone over the limitations, having skidded alongside them after falling off together with the highway. He’s OK to proceed, it appears. Superb. That can nonetheless be sore but it surely might have been a lot a lot worse. The bike’s body collapsed in two. He rides on a substitute with little floor injury seen however that’s his day performed.
30km to go: Wout Poels, so typically a superdomestique within the mountain levels for Workforce Sky however now with Workforce Bahrain, has been spat out the again of the peloton. He’s using with a damaged rib and a bruised lung after a crash on Saturday in order that’s comprehensible. One of many onerous males.
35km to go: A small 3km climb for the breakaway and peloton to cope with. It’s the Cat 3 Côte de l’Aullagnier. Pacher is allowed to take the 2 mountain factors on provide once more to a ripple of applause. The remaining might have their eye on a well-known victory on the hill that lies on the finish, although the possibilities of that stay distant at this level.
40km to go: The hole stays at 2’ 20”, with each breakaway and peloton piling on the velocity. The summit end is 7-8km from the top.
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45km to go: A pair extra emails. First, Simon Thomas: “Having fun with the protection, can’t watch in the present day as have lastly made it again into the workplace for the primary time since March. Almost about Alaphilippe, whether or not or not we expect he might win and the course was a minimum of partially made with him in thoughts, he’s made it clear that he’s not in form to finish over 3 weeks and that his objective is stage wins. Admittedly, hares might have been set racing by the truth that he received early on however the stage was nearly customized made for him and the principle GC contenders have been glad sufficient to let him take yellow and to defend it over the approaching days.
“I’m additionally a giant fan of each ITV4’s and Eurosport’s protection – I have a tendency to change between the 2 through the stage however at all times alternate each day for the end, in order that one channel doesn’t get upset and jealous of the opposite.”
I do like Carlton Kirby too, although possibly he will get a bit too excited on the dash finishes, shades of Mark Johnson on the ITV horse racing commentary. The thrill ratcheted up method earlier than the end is in sight. It really works, although.
Andrew Benton: “I’m TV-less at current, so can’t catch any commentaries, however Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are the one voices of biking for me. Why are they not fronting the commentaries today?”
Robust one, this, Andrew. ITV went a distinct route a number of years again once they went with Boulting and Millar as their staff. And, sadly, Paul Sherwen died in December 2018. I share the emotions, and was a selected fan of his contributions alongside Phil Liggett. On the world feed, Phil continues to be doing his stuff, although just isn’t in France.
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50 km to go: “Magnus Backstedt and Matt Stevens are additionally good analysts,” says the mysterious Granny on Bongos, presumably a Fall fan in his mid-fifties. The peloton appears to be like a bit ragged on the again as Quickstep and Jumbo-Visma pile the strain on. There’s a crosswind, although nothing too strenuous as a few divides kind.
55 km to go: Extra from Gary Naylor. “If the TdF protection was arthouse cinema, it might be theorised advert nauseum in Sight and Sound. In some way, ITV4 not solely nabbed these photos, however they’ve the very best commentary / punditry / presentation staff in any sport – possibly ever.”
Sure, a giant fan of Ned Boulting and David Millar, with Chris Boardman et al chipping in. Additionally a long-time admirer of Sean Kelly on Eurosport, and the wonderful Rob Hatch.
Anyway, the breakaway is, er, breaking apart, solely to get again collectively. Alexis Vuillermoz, the one one amongst them to have beforehand received a stage on the Tour, is the one driving the group alongside. In the meantime, it’s all arms on deck for Quickstep on the entrance of the peloton.
63 km to go: Politt is again with the breakaway, which doesn’t seem to have lengthy left for the world as they make it to the summit of the second climb of the day, the Cote de Corps. Just one level on provide for the mountains jersey at its summit and Pacher takes it, simply as he did the 2 factors on the earlier climb. The hole goes again to 2’ 30” or so.
70km to go: Gary Naylor has been in contact, and needs to debate the present race chief. “I believed Alaphilippe was very good and rode a close to excellent stage on Sunday. I’m nervous that he expended a lot bodily and emotional vitality for a stage win, as if he didn’t consider that he might contend the GC. I feel he might – and that he ought to.”
Final 12 months, it felt like he might win the entire thing then it got here aside within the hailstorm and mudslides at Tignes.
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75km to go: The sector is blazing alongside throughout this 30km downhill tranche. Politt is properly away from the remainder of the breakaway, 25 seconds or so, and appears in respectable kind. He even discovered time to smile on the digicam.
85km to go: On the descent from that minor climb, Nils Politt decides to tackle an assault on the entrance although which may be to do with him being a greater descender than his friends within the group. They provide chase as he slackens up on the following upward incline earlier than then dashing away on the following drop. This is able to be one hell of a solo mission. There’s 30km to descend earlier than the following climb, a mere Cat 4 climb.
92 km to go: Quentin Pacher, of ProTeam B&B Inns–Very important Idea, surges to the entrance to take the utmost mountain factors, that are simply two on this Cat 3. The remainder of the breakaway group lets him go. Again within the peloton, it’s fairly quiet with Quickstep and Jumbo-Visma controlling the tempo.
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95km to go: The Col du Festre is the primary climb of the day, 7.6km of a Cat 3 climb. This has been a straightforward stage to date, as this stuff go. The breakaway continues to be at three minutes because it climbs via some delectable scenes of forestry and previous an deserted ski resort. The Tour at all times reminds one to return to France. As soon as this warfare is over, that’s the plan for this Francophile.
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100 km to go: Newest on the inexperienced jersey is that Bennett and Sagan are literally stage on factors, and with Sagan being forward on GC he’ll retain the jersey. Although maybe not for lengthy on the shape he has proven to date. As David Millar simply mentioned on the ITV protection, the “spark” is gone.
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109km to go: The hole is down to 3 minutes now because the breakaway group chooses to ease via the intermediate dash at Veynes. The true motion comes from the peloton. Nils Politt, second in Paris-Roubaix takes the utmost dash factors amid not a lot of a contest. Sam Bennett takes the principle group’s spoils and that will put him stage with Sagan within the factors contest. Actually, he’s in digital inexperienced and the Irishman will put on that jersey on the finish of the stage. Sagan didn’t look to have the legs. He isn’t fairly the identical rider as we now have been used to. His eight years in inexperienced appears to be like more likely to be at finish come Paris. If we get there.
115km to go: The surroundings is that of some tree-laden gorges. The breakaway group is at 38km per hour, whereas the peloton goes an identical lick. Jumbo-Visma, defending Primoz Roglic, are sat behind Alaphilippe’s Fast-Step staff on the entrance of the principle bunch, who’ve been taking in some gasoline. Egan Bernal, 17 seconds again on Alaphilppe, appears to be like snug sufficient. A dash is within the offing, 51.6km into the stage, so there’s a little bit of jockeying for area occurring forward of that.
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125km to go: Jon Hosain asks: “Simply questioning what the wind is doing in the present day with the peloton trying lined out. Is there any likelihood of echelons in the present day?”
It appears to be like breezy however maybe not so breezy as create that form of variable. It’s normally these levels out on an open plain or by the ocean the place such issues happen, from my reminiscences of Excursions previous. And a little bit of climbing slows the peloton down in order that the wind turns into much less of an element when in comparison with precise juice within the tank.
130km to go: Now the sphere is on a flat and they’re flying alongside, with the hole dropping a tad under 4 minutes. Up within the breakaway, all is equally calm.
150km to go: Krists Neilands and Nils Politt (Israel Begin-Up Nation), Tiesj Benoot (Workforce Sunweb), Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale), Quentin Pacher (B&B Inns-Very important Idea) and Mathieu Burgaudeau (Complete Direct Energie) are in that breakaway group. It’s a not untalented bunch however they a protracted option to go to remain away.
160km to go: Away they go in Sisteron with a masked Christian Prudhomme waving his flag. Now who fancies the breakaway? A gaggle of six or seven plucky riders have had a go.
On this end to Orcières-Merlette in 1971, Luis Ocaña put eight minutes into Eddy Mercxx. He nonetheless didn’t win, having to desert on the 14th stage as The Cannibal finally triumphed. Ocaña did win the 1973 nonetheless.
After Monday’s dash end, so expertly executed in Caleb Ewan’s object lesson in how one can cope with a headwind, the Tour has its first mountain-top end. As this stuff go, it’s a delicate one on the fringes of the Alps however a stage the place the sphere of GC contenders should skinny out. It’ll even be a take a look at of the the favourites’ kind, most of which is decidedly unknown on this 12 months of nice uncertainty. Egan Bernal appears to be like snug sufficient to date however what of Primoz Roglic? Or Tom Dumoulin and Ricardo Carapaz? Thibaut Pinot took that heavy fall on Saturday. This can be the day to see it. Although it might even be a day when Julian Alaphilippe can reassert his superiority at these form of levels. Adam Yates, after one other near-miss on Sunday, has to fancy his possibilities, too.
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