Tour de France stage five in a nut shell: Dylan Van Baarle spent the fifth stage of the Tour de France in an eight-rider breakaway that was controlled by a BMC-led peloton. Nate Brown ceded his polka dot jersey to stage winner Fabio Aru (Astana). Rigoberto climbed to seventh place up La Planche des Belles Filles and jumped up to 11th overall. Team Sky’s Chris Froome assumed yellow from his teammate Geraint Thomas. The pair now sit 1-2 on the general classification.
“At the start I felt pretty good. The first break went again. When I look around and saw only really strong guys in the group I knew it would be really difficult but I gave it a chance,” said Van Baarle. “I felt already on the first climb that it was’t my day, so I wasn’t disappointed we didn’t stay away until the end.”
“Dylan did exactly what we asked him this morning,” said sport director Tom Southam. “He was ready on the start line. It was a quality group. Every rider in there was strong. They rode hard but BMC decided to do their thing for Richie, and it became clear that they were never going to get to the finish. I applaud the effort. It was exactly what he asked him to do.”
Check out the data behind Van Baarle’s ride via TrainingPeaks.