Tour de France: Martin wins stage as Thomas climbs to second overall

16 July, 2018, 06:44 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Tour de France

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan warned his sprint rivals there was more to come after he powered to victory on stage five of the Tour de France.

"I positioned myself in Kristoff's wheel and with two hundred metres to go I thought: this is the moment".

Sometimes in cycling the bike can be the rider's biggest enemy.

"I was pretty disappointing in the first few stages but now I've got the power back in my legs", said the 25-year-old from Amsterdam who dislikes comparisons to Briton Mark Cavendish.

Sagan said following the yellow jersey had helped land him the stage.

'Compared to a year ago, I feel more pressure now. Once they're through that, the riders will swoop down and across the Eure river with 1K to go.

"The first days were not good enough, the legs were not good".

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But in 2016 the 29-year-old German came close to losing a finger amid a litany of injuries suffered when a auto driving down the wrong side of the road wiped out him and several team-mates during a training ride in Calpe, Spain. "It was good to finish second back then but this time I was coming for victory", Martin said.

Groenewegen had no such problems as he showed impressive power to burst clear of Gaviria and Sagan, who have two wins each in this Tour already after dominating the early sprint battles. "I was looking for the finish line and I don't see it".

I just held off Colbrelli. He has added to his green jersey points total in every road stage of Tour so far, with wins in stage 2 and 5 and runner-up performances in stages 1 and 4.

An escape group featuring Sylvain Chavanel embarked on a long-range bid with Van Avermaet's BMC doing most of the work at the head of the chasing peloton, and Bora joining the chase late.

The general classification contenders all crossed the line safely in the main group, but BMC's Greg Van Avermaet doubled his slender advantage in yellow to six seconds by winning the bonus sprint 31km from home.

Four-time and defending champion Chris Froome is in 14th place, one minute and five second behind the yellow jersey of van Avermaet.

With a notoriously hard 90 degree bend with 2km to go and speeds hitting 60 km/h, tensions were high over the closing kilometres as the sprinters' teams jockeyed for position.

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