Tour de France: Second Victory for Peter Sagan, in Quimper

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The Slovak Peter Sagan wins the 5th stage of the Tour de France, on July 11, 2018 in Quimper. (© AFP / Jeff PACHOUD)

Peter Sagan won the stage Lorient-Quimper, Wednesday 11th July, 2018. This is the second victory of the Slovak in this Tour de France 2018.

The world champion Peter Sagan (Bora) won the 5th stage of Tour de France on Wednesday in Quimper (Finistère), to sign his second success from the start.

In a hill sprint, the Slovak settled a first peloton. The Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), 7th of the stage, has retained the yellow leader’s jersey after this stage in the profile of mini-classic in the Breton countryside but without consequences on the general classification.

Hill Sprint

In a sprint uphill, Sagan settled a first group including the favorites of the race. The Slovak ahead of Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli, as last Sunday on the false flat of the arrival of the second stage in La Roche-sur-Yon.

Belgian Philippe Gilbert took third place ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, two riders who will be closely watched Thursday in Mûr-de-Bretagne.

10th success in the Tour for Sagan

In this 204.5 kilometer stage, seven riders (Gesbert, Chavanel, Calmejane, Edet, De Buyst, Skujins, Vermote), embarked on a breakaway after 7 kilometers. Sylvain Chavanel then took the lead for 40 kilometers and his team-mate Lilian Calmejane, Latvian Toms Skujins and Frenchman Nicolas Edet ended up staying alone at the front of the race.

The gap on the peloton, which had peaked at 4 minutes and half, melted at the mercy of climbs, on the small breton roads illuminated by the sun. Skujins and Calmejane reached the final 25 kilometers with one minute ahead and were caught 12 kilometers from the line.

Sagan, 28, took his 10th victory in the Tour since his debut in 2012. He has consolidated his green jersey as a leader in the points classification and has surpassed the record of the German Erik Zabel by winning it for the 90th time.

Thursday, the 6th stage, from Brest to Mûr-de-Bretagne (181 km), ends with a loop of 16 kilometers. The coast of Mûr-de-Bretagne, favorable to punchers who aim for the success of stage or even the yellow jersey, is to be crossed twice.

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