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Lotto Belisol: Preview stage 5 Tour de France: Ypres – Arenberg

Yesterday we all could enjoy the spectacle that Paris-Roubaix has to offer. Within three months a part of the cobblestone sections will come back in the Tour de France, in the fifth stage from Ypres to Arenberg (156km).

Visit to Belgium
The fifth stage of the Tour will be contested on Wednesday 9th of July and the peloton visits Belgium. The riders start at the market place of Ypres. Subsequently the peloton rides 6.5 km through the city center which is followed by the official start at 14:00. The Tour caravan goes via Zonnebeke, Poelkapelle, Westrozebeke, Sleihage, Roeselare, Ledegem, Wevelgem, Rekkem and Moeskroen to France.

Nine sectors from Paris-Roubaix
The first cobblestone section emerges after 87 kilometers. The Tour passes nine sectors of Paris-Roubaix, in total the peloton has to cover 15.4 kilometers of cobblestones. The first section is the one in Gruson, yesterday at 14 kilometers from the finish. In the Tour the peloton rides away from the velodrome and covers the sector in the direction of Carrefour de l’Arbre. With a length of 1,100 meters the section of Gruson is 100 meters longer than the one in Mons-en-Pévèle, the third section of that day and the shortest. During the Hell of the North this is a 3,000 meter long section, but in the Tour the peloton only has to cover one third of the distance. Mons-en-Pévèle is the only section that will be passed through in the same direction as in Paris-Roubaix.

Nervous day for GC contenders
The longest section during the Tour de France stage on 9th of July is the penultimate one: Wandignies-Hamage – Hornaing (3700 m). The last section goes from Hélesmes to Wallers (1600 m). From that point it’s about six kilometers to the finish in Arenberg. Moreover the Tour will not pass the Trouée d’Arenberg in the Forest of Wallers. This fifth stage of the Tour is a promising one, because of the variation between the sprint stages and mountain stages. The classic riders will be fond of the stage, for the contenders for the GC it will indisputably be a nervous day. They will have to be alert at the cobblestone sections, because there lots of time differences can be made.

The sectors
. Gruson – Carrefour de l’Arbre (1,100 m)
. Ennevelin – Pont-Thibaut (1,400 m)
. Mons-en-Pévèle (1,000 m)
. Bersée (1,400 m)
. Orchies – Beuvry (1,400 m)
. Sars-et-Rosières – Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes (2,400 m)
. Brillon – Warlaing (1,400 m)
. Wandignies-Hamage – Hornaing (3,700 m)
. Hélesmes – Wallers (1,600 m)

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