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TOUR’23 Stage 5: Stage and Yellow for Hindley – Vingegaard Attacks!

The Tour is turned upside down

Tour Stage Report: The first day in the mountains ‘proper’ saw the 2023 Tour blown apart as Jai Hindley and Jonas Vingegaard dominated the day. Who was the losers? Everyone, including Tadej Pogačar. Hindley is now in Yellow and Vingegaard is second at less than a minute.

The last K of stage 5

The first mountain stage of the 2023 Tour de France completely turned the overall upside down. After more than 162 kilometres through the Pyrenees, it was Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe) who doubled up by winning the stage from the early break and took the yellow jersey. But there was action behind, because Jonas Vingegaard dropped Tadej Pogačar on the Col de Marie Blanque to create a serious gap on his big competitor.

The start from Pau for the first mountain stage to Laruns

Christian Prudhomme on stage 5: “There’s still time for questions going into the first rendezvous in the mountains. The climbs of the Col de Soudet and Col de Marie Blanque will provide some answers about the form of the contenders for the title, but the terrain isn’t really suitable for big attacks. That said…”

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Stage 5 profile

The tension was high at the start of the first stage through the Pyrenees as the battle for the stage victory was wide open and the GC teams would also be watching for any advantage… or loss. There was going to be a battle for the early break. Pierre Latour tried to set up the break, but was solo for a time.

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The jerseys at the start, will they still have them at the end of the day?

Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe, Valentin Madouas and Rigoberto Urán, and some others, all tried to escape, but all those attempts were countered. It took quite a time before the first real group got away. This was bad news for Fabio Jakobsen, who had a bad night after his hard crash and was in trouble early. Michael Mørkøv stayed with him. Søren Waerenskjold also had problems.

Jai Hindley had his fans at the start, would it be his day?

After 30 kilometres there was a break of 36 riders. BORA-hansgrohe leader Jai Hindley had two teammates. Wout van Aert (the best placed rider in the break), Christophe Laporte, Tiesj Benoot of Jumbo-Visma were also there for Jonas Vingegaard, as were Felix Großschartner and Marc Soler for Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates. Other interesting names in the break: Daniel Felipe Martínez (INEOS Grenadiers), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Esteban Chaves, Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost), Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step), Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious), Giulio Ciccone (Lidl-Trek), Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Felix Gall (AG2R Citroën), Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), Torstein Traeen (Uno-X), Victor Campenaerts and Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Dstny).

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The mountains were on the horizon

That large group took more than 2 minutes on the peloton, where UAE Team Emirates were in control. The team of overall leader Yates didn’t let the difference become too big, to keep the dangerous Hindley close. After the intermediate sprint, Van Aert, Campenaerts and Mads Pedersen rode off the front. They had a minute on the group as they approached the foot of the Col de Soudet (15.1km at 7%). The peloton was 1:30 behind them.

Alaphilippe wanted to be in the action today

Van Aert and Campenaerts stayed together on the Soudet, until 2.5 kilometres from the top the better climbers accelerated, lead by Ciccone. In the peloton, UAE eased off at 3 minutes from the break, but it was too fast for Jakobsen, who was in a lot of trouble.

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Wout Van Aert, Victor Campenaerts and Mads Pedersen rode ahead of the big break

Hindley, Ciccone, Gall and Krists Neilands were together just before the top of the Soudet, but it was the Austrian who attack and collected the 20 KOM points. Not far behind him, Martínez and Ciccone took the other points. The peloton crossed the summit 4 minutes later in thick fog. Van Aert managed to return to the front on the descent, together with Benoot and some other riders.

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The favourites were at over 3 minutes

In the last 50 kilometres of the stage, the Col d’Ichère (4.4km at 6.2%) and the Col de Marie Blanque (9.2km at 7.6%) were still to be climbed. Before the first climb, Neilands took advantage of a quiet moment to escape leading group, Van Aert and Alaphilippe followed him. Those two joined him at the top of the Col d’Ichère.

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This break was caught by the chase group, but Van Aert went again

UAE Team Emirates, meanwhile, had increased the pace on the Col d’Ichère in the peloton, bringing the difference back to 3 minutes. In the chasing group, AG2R Citroën and INEOS Grenadiers tried to keep the gap with the Van Aert group bridgeable for Gall and Martínez with the Marie Blanque on the way. At the foot, the gap was 25 seconds.

UAE Team Emirates led the peloton through the fog over the Soudet

The front riders were caught more than 5 kilometres from the top, after which Van Aert was dropped. Only the strongest remained at the front; only Hindley could follow Gall’s acceleration. Behind them, Ciccone, Emanuel Buchmann, Martínez and Haig were beaten. Hindley chose his moment 1.7 kilometres from the top. He attacked and left Gall behind and went solo on the hunt for the stage victory and the yellow.

Jai Hindley went solo from the break

The peloton followed at more than 2 minutes at the foot of the Marie Blanque, after which Jumbo-Visma started to up the pace. Sepp Kuss and Van Aert put in a serious acceleration for Vingegaard, leaving only Pogačar, Adam Yates, Simon Yates, Carlos Rodriguez, David Gaudu and Michael Woods to follow. Another attack from Kuss left only Vingegaard and Pogačar on his wheel. Yates in his yellow jersey was also dropped. The moment had come for Vingegaard’s attack. He immediately took a gap on Pogačar, who was unable to follow the Dane. Vingegaard caught all the escapees as Pogačar floundered. He crossed the top of the climb more than 1 minute after the soloing Hindley and took 36 seconds on Pogačar.

The big attack came for Jonas Vingegaard and no one could follow

In the last 17 kilometres, which was descending and flat, the decision for the stage victory and the yellow jersey unfolded. Hindley had 30 seconds on Gall, who had 30 seconds on a group with Vingegaard, Ciccone and Buchmann. Behind them, Pogačar was already 50 seconds behind the Vingegaard group, while the yellow jersey followed at more than 2 minutes. Vingegaard managed to catch up with Gall with a strong descent, but the Dane was not helped by Ciccone, Buchmann and Gall in the battle for the time gain over Pogačar. The Slovenian, who also had to do without support, was more than a minute behind. He dropped into a group with A.Yates, S. Yates, Rodriguez, Gaudu and Skjelmose.

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The stage win went to Jai Hindley

Hindley started the final kilometre with a lead of 35 seconds. He had plenty of time to celebrate his stage victory on his Tour de France debut. To top it off, he also captured the yellow jersey. Half a minute later, Ciccone sprinted into second place, ahead of Gall. A battle-weary Vingegaard finished fifth. The Pogačar group crossed the finish line exactly 1:04 later in Laruns. A serious blow to Pogačar and UAE Team Emirates. In the general classification, led by Hindley, Vingegaard is now second at 47 seconds. Ciccone is third, Buchmann fourth and Adam Yates fifth. Pogačar is now in sixth place, 53 seconds behind Vingegaard, with another Pyrenees stage to come on Thursday.

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Giro win, tour to follow?

Stage winner and overall leader, Jai Hindley (BORA-hansgrohe): “This was not really the plan. We kinda improvised out there, it was a way to enjoy bike racing. I found myself in that group and enjoyed. It’s really incredible. The guys in the radio were just screaming about riding to the line… I couldn’t hear anything else. I wanted to put as much as time as possible on the GC, and win the stage… and now find myself in the yellow jersey. I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s my first Tour and it’s hard to come here with such massive ambitions already. I wanted to be competitive, be on the hunt for success. And I just one a stage, which is pretty incredible. Thanks to my family, my girlfriend, my fans, everyone who supported me throughout my whole career… and I’m just so thankful to everyone.”

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Hindley in yellow

# All the Tour news in EUROTRASH Thursday. #

Tour de France Stage 5 Result:
1. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe in 3:57:07
2. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Lidl-Trek at 0:32
3. Felix Gall (Aust) AG2R Citroën
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe
5. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:34
6. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Lidl-Trek at 1:38
7. Daniel Felipe Martínez (Col) INEOS Grenadiers
8. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
9. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers.

Tour de France Overall After Stage 5:
1. Jai Hindley (Aus) BORA-hansgrohe in 22:15:12
2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma at 0:47
3. Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Lidl-Trek at 1:03
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) BORA-hansgrohe at 1:11
5. Adam Yates (GB) UAE Team Emirates at 1:34
6. Tadej Pogačar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates at 1:40
7. Simon Yates (GB) Jayco AlUla
8. Mattias Skjelmose (Den) Lidl-Trek at 1:56
9. Carlos Rodríguez (Spa) INEOS Grenadiers
10. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ.

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