Slovak Sagan claims fifth stage of Tour

Viviani set to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020

Viviani set to leave Deceuninck-QuickStep in 2020

"I try every day, and then one day you get it", said the burly Sagan. They have done a great job and finally we have the Tour de France victory that we were looking for.

"It's also hard talking to the press half the evening after a race, which makes me respect people like Chris Froome", the 27-year-old former soldier said of the four-time Tour victor, who has spent 59 stages in the storied jersey but who is out of contention after breaking a leg in June.

Sagan sat poised In fourth wheel behind Daryl Impey, Matteo Trentin (both Mitchelton-Scott) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 200 metres from the finish line, launching his sprint down the left hand side moments later and comfortably leading the bunch home for the final 100 metre drag. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) " 3.

Sagan duly dispatched the sprinters with climbing ability that remained, taking his 12th Tour de France win. "Tomorrow is going to be a huge test, for me and everyone", said Alaphilippe, who took the overall lead on Monday with a gun-slinging offensive from 15 kilometres.

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"Today I survived a little bit over the hills, and some guys suffered even more and lost power in the sprint. I feel good, my shape is good and there are still opportunities to come". I was in a good position, but perhaps it would have been better to be a few places closer.

Van Aert, racing his first full season on the road this year, has excelled throughout the year so far, and is making his Tour debut with high expectations hanging over him. "I know the area really well", commented the Belgian.

While France's overall leader Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep will embark in yellow again on the first real mountain test in the Alsace in Eastern France in today's stage 6, the local hero almost further endeared himself to the home fans after having a tilt at the stage win with a downhill charge after the final climb.

Second place on the day and six bonus seconds for Jumbo-Visma's Van Aert sees Alaphilippe's cushion in yellow cut to 14 seconds, although Thursday's stage to La Planche des Belles Filles is likely to see a complete rewrite of the general classification. "Tomorrow will not be my day". The pace at the back of the race picked up in the second half of the stage but the quartet went over the summit of the Cote du Haut Koenigsbourg with 1 minute, 45 seconds on their pursuers. There are plenty of opportunities left for stage 5's runner-up, the man who, before the race began, modestly stated that finishing the race would be his personal ambition.

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