In a thrilling finale, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) emerged victorious in stage five, after covering 191.1 kilometers between the towns of Cormoranche-sur-Saône and Salins-les-Bains. With the victory, the Dane seized the leader’s yellow jersey in the 75th edition of the French round.
The 2022 Tour de France champion won alone, taking 31 seconds ahead of the group of favorites that entered, led by the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-Quick Step) and the Norwegian Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team), who they came second and third, respectively.
As for the Latinos, the Colombians Esteban Chaves (EF Eduaction EasyPost) and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) arrived with the best positions in box 10 and 11, 31 seconds behind the winner; while Daniel Felipe Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) gave up a few more seconds, entering box 26 at 1:02 minutes behind Vingegaard; and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) in 23rd place.
Regarding the general classification, the Danish Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates) failed to keep the jersey jaune, which passed into the hands of his compatriot Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma). While Daniel Felipe Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) rose to eighth position, Esteban Chaves (EF Eduaction EasyPost) climbed to 15th place and Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) got into 19th place.
The breakaway of the day was led by Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe), Georg Zimmermann (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty), Leon Heinschke (DSM), Jonas Gregaard Wisly (Uno-X Pro Cycling), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Dstny) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), but the peloton ended up chasing the last of its members with 17 kilometers to go.
After the breakaway was neutralized, Richard Carapaz (EF Education-EasyPost) launched an attack to which Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) stuck to his wheel. The duo stayed together for a few minutes until the Dane picked up the pace, releasing the Ecuadorian. The French round will continue this Friday with the sixth stage, another undulating section of 170.1 kilometers between Nantua and Crest-Voland, which includes four mountain prizes and a high finish.
Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico