Stage 5 of Tour de France 2017 takes place on Wednesday 5th July, the stage departs from Vittel and we can look forward to a significant day amongst the GC riders up the final climb of La planche des belles filles.
Demare won Stage 4 on Tuesday but the finish was marred by a crash which has ended Mark Cavendish’s tour and led to a DQ for Peter Sagan. His team are currently appealing that decision so watch the media for a further update.
Thomas continues in yellow 12 seconds ahead of team mate Froome and Matthews.
This 160.5km stage is flat until just after 100km in when the first climb is a Cat 3, 2.3 km at 8%. The real action among GC contenders comes on the final climb, a Cat 1 just 5.9 km at an average of 8.5% but some sections are as steep as 20%. It’s the first Cat 1 of the tour and given two flat stages follow, we should see a battle amongst the overall contenders.
Stage 5 Betting - Winner
Dan Martin 12/1
Note, prices are an early show, approx average at the time of writing and are subject to change.
It’s the first big test of climbing legs and hence the GC men are favourites. The composition of the break will be interesting and they may have a squeak if there are no GC threats amongst them. The hammer will still go down amongst the big guns on that climb though and the escapees will need a very significant gap when they hit the base.
I think the GC will contest the stage win but I can’t resist a nibble at Darwin Atapuma and Pinot at the prices
Bets: Darwin Atapuma 80/1
Thibaut Pinot, 66/1
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