Summary stage 5: Van der Hoorn narrowly beaten on Jumbo-Visma disaster day
For Jumbo-Visma, the fifth stage of the Tour de France was a stage to quickly forget. Almost everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Dutch squad in the cobbled thriller from Lille to Arenberg.
Leader Primoz Roglic lost a lot of time after a painful fall, yellow jersey wearer Wout van Aert also crashed and Jonas Vingegaard, who can also ride a good classification, lost time after fumbling with a chain and a bicycle change.
Roglic falls hard due to swinging hay bale
“A worthless day”, sports director Grischa Niermann summed up Jumbo-Visma’s disaster day.
Roglic puts his shoulder back
The biggest victim was Roglic. The Slovenian crashed with Caleb Ewan thirty kilometers from the finish when they hit a hay bale from the fence that had ended up on the road.
“I didn’t see it right, but I think a bike hit the fence, it ended up in the middle of the road and we fell,” Roglic said afterwards. “I’ve been better sometimes; I’m a bit battered. But luckily I’m still here.”
His shoulder dislocated, but luckily Roglic knew what to do about it. “I couldn’t put it back on the bike right away, so I had to sit on a spectator’s seat for a while. It’s happened to me before, so I know the technique. You hold your knee and pull hard. That’s how I put it back. “
Shoulder dislocated at Roglic: ‘Had to put him back on a spectator’s seat’
Jumbo team leader Niermann: ‘It was a crappy day’
Roglic lost 2.08 minutes to top favorite Tadej Pogacar, so a possible Tour victory is out of sight. But he does not want to say that his Tour is lost: “I am not yet ready to think about it. I will recover first. Later we will see how we continue.”
Vingegaard was ‘a little panicked’
The fall of Roglic was far from the only misfortune at Jumbo-Visma. Classification rider Vingegaard also lost time on Pogacar, although in the end just thirteen seconds, after a chain hassle and an awkward bike change.
“It was a shit day for us”, according to the analysis of the number two of the previous Tour. It went wrong when the Dane’s chain got stuck at about 36 kilometers from the finish. “I should have stopped then and loosened my chain. But I panicked a bit,” he admitted.
Vingegaard was ‘a bit panicked’ after a jammed chain: ‘Should have done it differently’
Bad luck ‘panic’ Vingegaard and fumbling Jumbo with bicycle switch
He switched bikes with teammate Nathan van Hooydonk, but the 1.93 meter tall Belgian is seventeen centimeters longer than Vingegaard, for whom the saddle was much too high. It led to funny scenes, in which four Jumbo-Visma riders wondered what to do, and finally a new bicycle change with Steven Kruijswijk.
“I should have handled it differently”, Vingegaard admitted, who eventually managed to limit the damage: “I have the best helpers in the world.”
Van Aert already said goodbye to yellow
A bright spot for Jumbo-Visma was that Van Aert at least managed to keep his yellow jersey. And it didn’t look like that for a long time. Even before the cobblestone sections, the Belgian crashed on a roundabout together with Kruijswijk. A little while later he almost fell again when he almost crashed into a Team DSM support car during a chat with Kruijswijk.
“Everything that could go wrong was against us. We had hoped to make a difference, but it was a day of chasing and limiting the damage,” said Van Aert.
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Yellow down! Van Aert and Kruijswijk hook up and smack against asphalt
After his crash, Van Aert rode long from behind in the chaotic course. “I lost a bit of confidence after that crash. It was a mental issue. I can perhaps blame myself for that, because especially in such a cobblestone stage you only get into more trouble if you drive from behind.”
“That I still have the yellow card is therefore a big surprise. I had actually already said goodbye to it in the race. I thought we were really driving far from behind, but apparently it was not that bad. We fought as a team to limit the damage and we will continue to fight,” said a combative Van Aert,