Tour de France 2018: stage five – live!

11 July 2018 12:58
Updates on the medium mountain stage from Lorient to QuimperGaviria edges sprint battle to win fourth stageAny thoughts? You can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 1.58pm BST 109km to go: Having been first past the post in the intermediate sprint, Sylvain Chavanel enjoys a spot of lunch. The Frenchman is 39 and currently participating in his 18th Tour de France. He takes the record outright from Stuart O’Grady and Jens Voight, who are on 17 each but have both retired. 1.50pm BST Intermediate sprint: The breakaway complete the intermediate sprint, with none of them looking particularly fussed about contesting green jersey points that don’t matter to any of them. I think Sylvain Chavanel, the elder statesman of the group of seven riders, was first across the line. The gap is 4min 13sec. 1.43pm BST 119km to go: The breakaway group lead the bunch by 4min 23sec, with the peloton happy to let them enjoy their lead as they approach the intermediate sprint at Roudoullec, where the seven men in the escape party will hoover up most of the points on offer. After that they hit the lumpy stuff, with two Category 4 climbs, followed by three Category Three climbs before the finish. Sharp climbs and narrow roads mean the second half of today’s stage will be attritional. 1.39pm BST Controversy! An interesting post from the Twitter feed of PA Sport writer Ian Parker. Bit of needle around the start. This family had a ‘Sky Go Home’ banner but it was ripped off them by a Sky rider on his way to sign on. Luke Rowe denied it was him #TDF2018 1.35pm BST 1.33pm BST Mitchelton Scott’s Stage Four video diary: The Aussie team have released this footage of their day’s fun yesterday, which provides an interesting insight into life behind the scenes on the Tour de France 1.28pm BST 127km to go: The gap goes out to 4min 30sec, with BMC rider Simon Gerrans towing the bunch along. These are the men in front: Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). 1.15pm BST 137km to go: The gap between the seven-man breakaway and the chasing posse, which is quite strung out, is 3min 47sec as they roll through the Brittany town of Saint Yvi. All five of today’s categorised climbs are in the final 100 kilometres of the stage, but the intermediate sprint comes first, 111 kilometres from the finish. The riders are currently having to negotiate several punchy, uncategorised climbs. 1.09pm BST George Young has a question: “What is the rationale for Greg van Avermaet having the yellow jersey over Tejay van Garderen?” he asks of the two BMC riders who have the exact same time. “Is there some sort of count-back or has Greg van Avermaet simply accrued fewer yellow cards? Or have I just been watching too much sport this month?”Well George, while the two riders have the same time for the four stages they’ve completed, Van Avermaet got the yellow jersey because he’d finished ahead of Van Garderen in the first two stages (albeit in the same finishing groups, hence the identical times). This, from the Tour rulebook: 12.58pm BST 145km to go: The riders are back out the country, with the peloton currently riding through the dappled shadows of some narrow roads sheltered by a canopy of tree branches. 12.54pm BST Fun fact: Didier Deschamps, manager of the France football team, and his wife Claude have a holiday home in Concarneau, which is where she was born and reared. I’m guessing they’re not in today. 12.50pm BST 152km to go: Our seven man escape party has increased their lead to just under four minutes as the peloton pass through the attractive looking town of Concarneau. To Wikipedia . and don’t spare the horses . The town has two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. Historically, the old town was a centre of shipbuilding. The Ville Close is now devoted to tourism with many restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. However restraint has been shown in resisting the worst excesses of souvenir shops. Also in the Ville Close is the fishing museum. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a bridge and at the other end a ferry to the village of Lanriec on the other side of the harbour. 12.37pm BST 163km to go: The gap from the Magnificent Seven to the bunch is 3min 15sec and we bring you news of another couple of withdrawals. Team Sunweb’s Australian rider Michael Matthews was forced to pull out overnight with illness. Lotto Soudal rider Tiesj Benoot also withdrew this morning after dislocating his shoulder in a crash yesterday. The 176 strong field that started the Tour on Saturday has now been reduced by six. 12.30pm BST Sylvain Chavanel the virtual leader: The Direct Energie rider is highest placed in the breakaway and began this morning with a deficit of 1min 48sec. 12.26pm BST 12.22pm BST 173km to go: The gap between the seven-man breakaway and the bunch is out to 3min 11sec. Earlier in the stage, there was a crash involving Sky rider Gianni Moscon and Katusha-Alpecin rider Robert Kiserlovski, apparently involving a race motorbike. Kiserlovski has come out worst and has been forced to abandon, while Moscon has rejoined the bunch. More news on Kiserlovski’s condition as we get it. 12.16pm BST Stage four report: Jeremy Whittle is the Guardian’s man gadding about France, eating too much service station food and not getting enough sleep. Here’s his report on Fernando Gaviria’s win in yesterday’s sprint finish. It was the Colombian rookie’s second win in this year’s Tour. Related: Fernando Gaviria edges sprint battle to win Tour de France stage four 12.12pm BST 12.12pm BST Racing is under way: The roll-out is over, race director Christian Prudhomme has given the signal to start racing and the field have 25 kilometres behind them with another 180 to go. A group of seven riders have opened a gap of exactly three minutes on the peloton. Our breakaway group: Elie Gesbert (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julien Vermote (Dimension Data), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto-Soudal), Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie), Tom Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis). 12.11pm BST William Fotheringham’s stage-by-stage guide: Day two in Brittany, and a final 100 kilometres with five climbs, none long but all steep, with the bonus sprint on a further short ascent near the finish. A good day for a break as the finale will be hard to control, or for a sprinter who can climb like Sagan or Arnaud Démare. A classic tense stage when the Tour won’t be won but it could be lost. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian