Changè to Laval Espace Mayenne – .

Changè to Laval Espace Mayenne – .


The first riders pass the intermediate timing control at 8.8 km from the 27 km course.

T Martin is the fastest (unsurprisingly) with a time of 11-58, an average speed of 44km / h.

The second half of the course should be faster.

Speaking of falls, the list of injured will be decisive in this time trial, as many of the favorites in the race are treating serious injuries sustained during the first stages.

In particular, Primož Roglič is bruised and bruised after crashing in the last 10 kilometers of stage three, while Geraint Thomas is also healing injuries after dislocating his shoulder at the start of stage three. After a race doctor reinserted his shoulder, Thomas was able to continue.

Primož Roglič bandaged before the start of the fourth stage of the Tour de France

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Roglič and Thomas had an easy day on stage four, but their injuries could seriously affect their performance on the TT bike.

Thomas can especially struggle with his shoulder when in aero position, while Roglič is covered with abrasions that will affect his sleep and may sting in a tight suit.

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Chris Froome hits the course.

He’s a long way from the overall standings and really shouldn’t be doing much today, but seeing Froome in the Tour de France is a success in itself, first after his career-threatening crash in 2019 and after his bad crash. during the first step. of the race.

We are well advanced now! German time trial champion Tony Martin is on the course. It was a rough start for the Jumbo-Visma man, who has crashed several times so far.

Martin is no longer the TTer he was when it came to world-class terrain like the Tour de France, but he will still give us a good benchmark time to compare.

The first impressions of the course are that the official profile of TdF does not give an accurate picture. There are a few nasty, unclassified ramps at the start of the trail that really slow down the heaviest runners.

The pace of this first section will be the key to a highlight later in the course.

It’s gone to France!

Two first riders are on the course, Amund Grøndahl Jansen (BikeExchange) and Russo from Arkéa-Samsic.

Briton Dan McLay is now on the starting ramp

Jonny Long has now hit us with his foresight for today’s stage, here’s how he sees it playing out:

They were saying “I’m still standing by Elton John and the Jay-Z version of It’s a hard knock life.” So someone big is going to crash (again), for the stage I will go with Bissegger and Alaphilippe is off to be in yellow, just to spice things up

In case you are worried that yesterday was just a beautiful dream, I can confirm that Mark Cavendish actually won a Tour de France stage and England actually beat Germany 2-0 in the Euros. Not a bad sports day, eh?

Our editor Simon Richardson had an excuse to update his list of all of Mark Cavendish’s stage victories on the Tour de France with his last victory at Fougeres.

Check Out Cavendish’s Full List Of 31 Wins Here: Where Mark Cavendish won his 31 stages of the Tour de France

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Jumbo-Visma went out to reconnoitre the course this morning

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So I twisted the arms of our team working today’s time trial to record them with their predictions for the day.

Here’s how they see it:

Tim Bonville-Ginn: Stage winner, Stefan Küng. Yellow jersey, Wout van Aert

Chris Marshall-Bell: stage winner Brandon McNulty. Yellow jersey, Wout van Aert

Me: Stage winner, Wout van Aert. Yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe

We have just had a word from our reporter in the field Jonny Long, who is currently at the departure village in Changé.

Jonny said we had the typical city chaos starting this morning, with Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López all trying to make their way through the publicity trailer and parked cars as they warm up.

It is also very covered in France, with the feeling that the right can start at any time. It could make things very delicate.

Tour de France stage five start

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Along with the battle for the yellow jersey, we also have the fight for stage honors.

This course seems well suited to big TT dogs, those who can provide a huge amount of power on the flats, I’m talking about Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), or maybe even Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo).

Stefan Küng

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Victor Campenaerts still deserves a mention in a TT, but the Qhubeka-NextHash rider was super inconsistent (sorry Victor) in the Grand Tour time trials, so he would need a hell of a performance to compete with Van Aert and Küng.

The 2021 Tour de France is also missing some of the biggest names, without Filippo Ganna or Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers), but we should still have a nice battle for the stage.

The battle for the yellow jersey is probably the headline of this upcoming stage, as Mathieu van der Poel enters the TT with just eight seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe in second place.

BUT it will be a huge demand for Van der Poel to keep the jersey and he himself admitted that he is not a time trial and that he does not spend a lot of time on the TT bike.

Mathieu van der Poel

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Julian Alaphilippe has been stellar in time trials for the past few seasons, but he thrives more on a hard-hitting TT course that lets his light climbing ability shine through.

So instead we could turn to a pure TTer who is still high in GC, maybe someone like Wout van Aert…

The Jumbo-Visma star currently sits fourth in the overall standings, 31 seconds off the lead, while he is also among the favorites to take the stage honors.

Can Van Aert take the lead of the Tour de France for the first time in his career?

My colleague Tim Bonville-Ginn pulled the short straw and compiled the full start times of today’s TT, also picking a few of the favorites so you know when to put your eyes back on the race.

The first rider will be Amund Grøndahl Jansen of Team BikeExchange, who will take the start ramp at 12:15 p.m. local time (i.e. 11:15 a.m. UK time).

Mathieu van der Poel will start the TT last since he wears the yellow jersey. It departs at 4:50 p.m. French time (3:50 p.m. UK time).

Check out the full list here: Tour de France: Starting times for the crucial time trial of the fifth stage

Hello CW readers, Alex Ballinger here kicks off the day with live coverage of the first Tour de France 2021 time trial.

I know the TTs are Marmite in a Grand Tour, but I personally am a huge fan of the time trial (both watching and racing).

Here is the profile of today’s stage, it’s an almost flat 27.2km and should be suitable for pure TTers.

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