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Sagan sprints to second stage win of 2018 Tour

Peter Sagan (in green) surges clear to win the stage

World champion Peter Sagan outstayed his rivals to win a dramatic uphill sprint finish in Quimper on stage five of the Tour de France.

He made his move with 200m to go, beating Sonny Colbrelli and Philippe Gilbert for his second stage win.

Greg van Avermaet stayed in the yellow jersey, extending his overall lead with a two-second bonus during the stage.

He came seventh, behind Ireland’s Dan Martin, while Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton.

In an impressive performance from Team Sky, Froome’s team-mate Geraint Thomas came home 12th. The Welshman is fourth in the general classification, five seconds off van Avermaet.

Sagan’s skills to the fore

On a rolling, twisting 204km stage, which demanded technical skills throughout and canny tactics at the finish, Sagan’s ability came to the fore.

The 28-year-old, who has represented his country in mountain biking at the Olympics, plotted his path to the finish superbly, overhauling Colbrelli in the final few metres.

Excluding Monday’s team trial, Sagan has two second-placed finishes and two stage victories from the Tour’s five race days so far.

He won five successive points classifications until 2016 before his run ended last year with disqualification following a crash involving Mark Cavendish.

With a 33-point lead over second-placed Colombian Fernando Gaviria and nearly 100 points over the rest of the field, he may well carry the green jersey all the way to Paris.

Stage five result

1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora-Hansgrohe) 4hrs 48mins 6sec

2. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain – Merida) same time

3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors)

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar)

5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors)

6. Daniel Martin (Ire/UAE Team Emirates)

7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing)

8. Soren Kragh (Den/Sunweb)

9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita/Wanty – Groupe Gobert)

10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Bahrain – Merida)

General classification after stage five

1. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) 13hrs 33mins 56secs

2. Tejay van Garderen (US/BMC Racing) +2 secs

3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step Floors) +3secs

4. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) +5secs

5. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +6secs

6. Bob Jungels (Lux/Quick-Step Floors) +9secs

7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +13secs

8. Soren Kragh Andersen (Den/Sunweb) same time

9. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Education First) +37secs

10. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora – Hansgrohe) +52secs

Selected:

15. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +57secs

16. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1min 2 secs

More to follow.

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