Van der Hoorn does everything right, but loses a millimeter sprint from Clarke
Taco van der Hoorn has just missed the win of the fifth stage of the Tour de France. The Dutchman was beaten to the finish in the final sprint of the leading group by the Australian Simon Clarke.
“Maybe I’ll never get this chance again”, Van der Hoorn mourned after the finish. “Perhaps I should have waited a little longer and got over it if he really stopped,” Van der Hoorn analyzed after a few expletives.
It was a disaster day for the Dutch team Jumbo-Visma. Leader Primoz Roglic lost 2.08 minutes after a crash on Tadej Pogacar, the Tour winner of the past two years.
View the reactions of Taco van der Hoorn, stage winner Simon Clarke, Primoz Roglic, Steven Kruijswijk, Wout van Aert, Jonas Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma team leader Grischa Niermann below.
Defeated Van der Hoorn after cobblestone ride: ‘Maybe I’ll never get this chance again’
Stage winner Clarke: ‘I’m sorry about Taco, but he still wins a stage’
Shoulder dislocated at Roglic: ‘Had to put him back on a spectator’s seat’
Kruijswijk cynical towards organization after disaster day on cobblestones: ‘Isn’t this what they want?
On a day when everything goes wrong, Van Aert is still in yellow: ‘Damage is not that bad’
Vingegaard was ‘a bit panicked’ after a jammed chain: ‘Should have done it differently’
Jumbo team leader Niermann: “Roglic had his shoulder out of the socket”
Van der Hoorn laughs as a farmer with Tour toothache: ‘This will keep grinding for a while’
A disaster day for Jumbo-Visma, but a small plaster on the wound was that, despite a fall, Wout van Aert kept his yellow jersey in the 158 kilometer ride from Lille to Arenberg with eleven cobblestone sections.
Pogacar did the best business of the classification men. The Slovenian defending champion was seventh at 0.51 seconds from winner Clarke. Van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard, who had bad luck at an unfortunate moment during the chaos on the cobblestone sections, eventually lost only 0.13 on Pogacar.
Val Roglic through hay bale
Roglic’s crash was caused by a swinging hay bale. His shoulder dislocated. The Slovenian managed to put his shoulder back on a spectator’s seat along the road, but he did fall well behind.
Another crash: does a swinging hay bale cost Roglic his chances of a Tour victory?
Part of the peloton started with trembling knees in Lille for the stage, where eleven cobblestone sections were waiting in the last 77 kilometers. Before that, a leading group was formed. With, as he promised before the start, Taco van der Hoorn.
The Dutch rider of Intermarché-Wanty took off with the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen and the tireless Danish mountain king Magnus Cort Nielsen. Moments later, the trio was joined by Alexis Gougeard, Simon Clarke and Neilson Powless. The six managed to cycle a maximum lead of 3.5 minutes.
Collision Van Aert and Kruijswijk
With the wind at your back, it went very fast in the direction of the cobblestones, but things went wrong for Jumbo-Visma before the first sections. At 98 kilometers from the finish, jersey wearer Wout van Aert crashed when he hit Steven Kruijswijk’s rear wheel on a roundabout.
Yellow down! Van Aert and Kruijswijk hook up and smack against asphalt
The Jumbo-Visma riders gave chase, but an accident was again in a small corner. Van Aert was not paying attention during a meeting with Kruijswijk and almost crashed into a Team DSM support car. About ten kilometers before the first cobblestone section, the duo returned to the peloton.
More bad luck for Jumbo-Visma
Van der Hoorn and his companions were the first to thunder over the cobblestones. In the peloton, nervousness prevailed, with many perilous moments.
For example, Jonas Vingegaard had bad luck with his bicycle. The Dane switched bikes with teammate Nathan van Hooydonck, but it was much too big. After some funny scenes and bicycle changes Vingegaard was able to give chase.
Summary stage 5: Van der Hoorn narrowly beaten on Jumbo-Visma disaster day
Disaster scenario one: Bad luck Vingegaard and fumbling Jumbo
While Mathieu van der Poel – who said in advance that he did not have good legs – gave up for today, there was more disaster for Jumbo-Visma: Primoz Roglic fell together with Caleb Ewan due to an unforeseen straw bale from the fence that fell on the road lay. The Slovenian also had to give chase.
Pogacar gives gas
For Tadej Pogacar that was the signal to get on the pedals. The Slovenian defending champion rode away from the front group together with Jasper Stuyven and went on the hunt for the leading group with Van der Hoorn, from which Gougeard had meanwhile dropped out.
However, the leading group was no longer reached, Van der Hoorn sensed his chance, but Clarke pushed his wheel across the line just a little earlier.