Analytics in Action – Stage 5Blog
Aru’s break pays off while Froome takes Yellow
Fabio Aru (AST) made the most of the first mountain stage on the 2017 Tour de France with an impressive win. He snatched victory from Dan Martin (QST) and Chris Froome (SKY) who now leads in the General Classification.
The favourites in the 2017 Tour de France General Classification weren’t shy with their skills on the first mountain finish. After a fast-paced stage (averaging at 42.97km/h), Fabio Aru (AST) proved his extraordinary climbing abilities in the best way possible, while Chris Froome (SKY) took over the Yellow Jersey from his teammate Geraint Thomas (SKY).
Aru (AST), recently crowned Italian champion, claimed his first stage win on the Tour with an average speed of 19.66km/h in the final climb up La-Planche-des-Belles-Filles (5.8km at an average gradient of 8.5%). At 18.45km/h, Froome (SKY) conceded 20", but still moved to the top position in the General Classification.
Still no opening for the attackers
With the first mountain challenge, the drive to get into the breakaway intensified. Following Guillaume Van Keirsbulck's (WGG) solo ride at the front of the race the day before, eight riders managed to jump ahead of the peloton. The likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD), Thomas Voeckler (DEN), Thomas De Gendt (LTS), Jan Bakelants (ALM), all previous stage winners on the Tour, made it a stronger group to do so this year.
The breakaway made the peloton nervous, with BMC picking up the pace only 20km into the stage. The US team made two things really clear: 1) their leader, Richie Porte (BMC) won't easily let go of his status as favourite for the overall podium, and 2) the team believes they have the collective strength to match Team Sky, the absolute powerhouse of the Tour de France in previous years. Still, they couldn't shake Sky in the final part of the stage.
Key data highlights:
1.) Fabio Aru (AST) is the first Italian stage winner on the Tour de France since Vincenzo Nibali in 2015.
2.) Aru (AST) accelerated up to 22km/h while attacking 2.5km from the finish line. His pace dropped to 12km/h on the steepest slopes of the climb (at a 20% gradient).
3.) On stage 6, Chris Froome (SKY) will wear the Yellow Jersey for the 45th time of his career.
4.) The attackers covered 47.8km in the first hour of racing – a very fast pace that didn't grant them a lead higher than 4'16".
5.) This is the third time the Tour tackled the climb up La-Planche-des-Belles-Filles. On the two previous occasions, the rider who claimed the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey) on the day also wore it for the rest of the Tour.
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