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TDF (5): Meurisse en Martin klaar voor het zware werk

TDF (5): Meurisse en Martin klaar voor het zware werk

The peloton reached the Vosges this Wednesday in the fifth stage in the Tour de France (2.UWT, 6-28/7) from Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar. An active race made for a fast first hour, many riders were keen on being part of the early breakaway. Finally, a four man group managed to escape, with a maximum advantage of 2'10. The last escapee, Skujins, was caught during the last climb with 20 kilometer to go. Xandro Meurisse was first on top of this Côte des Trois-Epis, after collecting some points on the preceding climb. A reduced peloton speeded to a bunch sprint, which was won by Peter Sagan. Xandro Meurisse and Guillaume Martin were in the mix in the sprint, finishing 11t and 14th respectively. The first mountain stage will be held this Thursday from Mulhouse, with a finish on top of La Planche des Belles Filles.

Xandro Meurisse:
« I was well positioned all day, which was important especially during the last 90 kilometers. I stayed in the front while climbing, in order to start the downhill in a good position. I collected some points for the mountains classification on top of the last two categorized climbs without spending a lot of energy. Knowing that it was not sufficient to become leader in this classification, I thought they might come in handy the next days. »

« Guillaume Martin assisted me in the approach to the sprint, but we lost each other and I started the sprint too far back. But we did again a good job as non-sprinters. We have a good feeling and we understand each other very well. We are ready for the hard work since the Dauphiné, we are looking forward to tomorrow! »

Stage 5:
1. Peter Sagan
2. Wout Van Aert
3. Matteo Trentin
11. Xandro Meurisse
14. Guillaume Martin
87. Odd Eiking +8:16
136. Aimé De Gendt +14:52
139. Frederik Backaert +16:58
144. Kévin Van Melsen
145. Andrea Pasqualon

Provisional classification:
1. Julian Alaphilippe
2. Wout Van Aert +0:14
3. Steven Kruijswijk +0:25
52. Xandro Meurisse +2:18
54. Guillaume Martin +2:23
91. Odd Eiking +19:34
98. Andrea Pasqualon +22:41
138. Aimé De Gendt +31:23
151. Kévin Van Melsen +33:54
175. Frederik Backaert +41:47
176. Yoann Offredo +43:26