Who will win Stage 5?
We are back in winning ways. Thanks, Señor Gaviria. But Stage 5 is not quite as easy to predict; there are five categorised climbs, each of them minor compared to the Alps, obviously, but carrying enough points for a strong break to form early on. for the GC contenders, it will be a day of keeping out of trouble again, on a narrow, hilly route that is sure to produce aggressive racing, even though it is a long one at over 200km.
The pure fast men might struggle with the rollers… we haven’t seen enough of Gaviria, but we know that the big, powerful men sometimes struggle here… Sagan, of course, doesn’t know how to struggle with a route, so he will be there. Look for the smaller, lighter guys – Bling Matthews, Mark Cavendish, Sonny Colbrelli – to be there when it matters, too, having got over the KOMs a little more rested. But, the word is the finale is kinda tough, and uphill. So we are going for a Sagan win, from Dan Martin, Allesandro Valverde and Daryl Impey (presuming he has recovered from his crash, and Mr Yates doesn’t need him). The strong puncheurs, and Peter Sagan is the boss.