Stage 5: Vittel to La planche des belles filles (160.5 km)
After yesterday’s controversial finish(I won’t speak anymore about it), the 1st mountain stage of this year’s tour was infront of us.
La Planche des belles filles is the place where if ardent Tour fans remember, Chris Froome(Team Sky) announced himself to the world beating his own team leader Bradley Wiggins and 2011 winner Cadel Evans.
It was also here in 2012 when Brad took the Malliot Jaune and carried it all the way to Paris, becoming the 1st British winner of the Tour.
And in 2014, it was the “Shark of Messina” Vincenzo Nibali who took the summit and wore the yellow and carried the lead to Paris.
It was also the 1st time, that a mountain stage was introduced so early in the Tour.
Gilbert and Bakelants had a long long day in the lead and in a very funny moment, 4 kms before the summit, just before they were caught by the Peloton, they hugged each other.
Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) tried to attack but was swept up.
At 2.4k to go, 2015 Vuelta a Espana winner and Italian National champion Fabio Aru attacked and no one followed(which Mr. Froome in retrospect said was bit of a mistake)
After putting in almost 100 meters between him and the Peloton, Aru settled into a rhythm riding up the 14% section at 19 kmph.
Simon Yates(ORICA-SCOTT) attacked, Geraint Thomas and Froomey followed him. Meters later, Froomey attacked!
And while all major rivals Richie Porte(BMC), Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team). Dan Martin(Quickstep-Floors), Romain Bardet(Ag2R La Mondaile) followed Thomas and Alberto Contador(Trek-Segafredo) were dropped.
Seconds later, and no surprises(I don’t understand his hype and I never will), Quintana was dropped!
Martin took over the pace making as him, Froomey, Bardet and Porte tried to chase down the gallant Aru.
The last bit of the climb is 20%, but nothing was too steep for Fabio Aru today as he heroically took the Stage win and 10 bonus seconds.
Dan Martin rolled in 2nd and Froomey rolled in 3rd to take the Yellow Jersey. Porte was 4th.
So, today’s standings:
And because I don’t care about who wins the green jersey, I won’t write the points here.
For me he is the green jersey: