Tour de France: Australian Simon Clarke wins the 5th stage, Wout van Aert remains in yellow



It was the Australian Simon Clarke who won at the end of the fifth stage of the Tour de France, between Lille and Arenberg Porte du Hainaut. After 150 kilometers of racing in the breakaway, the Israel-Premier Tech rider came out on top after a final sprint, ahead of Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The general classification changes slightly at the end of this day: if the Belgian Wout van Aert keeps the yellow jersey and the green jersey, two members of the breakaway managed to climb on the podium. American Neilson Powless (EF Education – Easypost) took second place, held before him by Belgian Yves Lampaert. For his part, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, the last defending champion, was relegated to fourth place by Edvald Boasson Hagen (Total Energies). He still retains the white jersey of best young player.

Another failure for Magnus Cort Nielsen

The first Frenchman in the ranking is Romain Bardet, who gained six places in one day and is now in 18th position in the ranking. David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ) wins nine and ranks 20th, followed by Aurélien Paret Peintre, in 23rd position.

The Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen, wearing the polka dot jersey, tried his luck again after riding at the head of the race for 125 km the day before, finally caught up by the peloton and arrived in 168th place. During this fifth stage, he chose to repeat the experience by distancing the peloton from the first kilometers, alongside Taco van der Hoorn (Intermarché Wanty Gobert) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies). All three were then caught by their pursuers, Neilson Powless (EF), Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels KTM) and Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech). Unfortunately for him, Magnus Cort Nielsen was again left behind by the breakaways, two kilometers from the finish. Thanks to his efforts, however, he won the bib of the most combative runner of the stage and kept the best climber’s polka dot jersey.

A course strewn with falls

After a flat first part of the stage, the second half turned out to be tougher, punctuated by several crashes on cobbled sections. After the Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff and George Bennett (teammate of Tadej Pogacar at UAE Emirates), several famous riders fell at the exit of a roundabout, including Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), the leader of Bahrain Victorius, Jack Haig, and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma).

The yellow jersey, winner the day before, and his Jumbo-Visma team also found themselves in difficulty. After a fall in a bend in the first part of the race, Wout van Aert was left behind by the peloton 37 km from the finish, alongside the second in the general classification, Yves Lampaert, and one of the favorites of the lap, Matthew van der Poel. With the help of his teammates, the first in the standings finally managed to limit the damage.

The next stage will take place on Thursday July 7, over 219 km between Binche and Longwy. The riders will have to deal with two category 3 passes and one category 4 pass, on roads with a rough profile.

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