Slovak Sagan claims fifth stage of Tour

Slovak Sagan claims fifth stage of Tour

"I think you can not compare my current form with the one I had this spring", said Sagan, who is bidding for a record seventh green jersey, which is awarded to the best sprinter. Jakob Fuglsang finished in the same group, the day before the first mountain stage of this year's Tour de France, Kazinform has learnt from the club's press service.

Sagan, who now has 12 Tour stage victories to his name, has 144 points in the points classification with Australian Michael Matthews in second place on 97.

Sagan, the dominant sprinter in recent years, arrived at the Tour in the wake of a disappointing season and was well beaten in Tuesday's sprint in Nancy. In the same situation, van Aert offered the cameraman his water bidon on the sunny afternoon.

Sagan sat poised In fourth wheel behind Daryl Impey, Matteo Trentin (both Mitchelton-Scott) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 200 metres from the finish line, launching his sprint down the left hand side moments later and comfortably leading the bunch home for the final 100 metre drag. "I hope the missing 5% will be there and that I can compete like I would before I crashed on stage 1", said Jakob Fuglsang. "I have to say thanks to all my teammates". "Sagan is a great victor. I feel good, my shape is good and there are still opportunities to come".

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"Today I survived a little bit over the hills, and some guys suffered even more and lost power in the sprint".

While France's overall leader Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep will embark in yellow again on the first real mountain test in the Alsace in Eastern France in today's stage 6, the local hero almost further endeared himself to the home fans after having a tilt at the stage win with a downhill charge after the final climb. Recent form has seen him take back-to-back wins at the Critérium du Dauphiné - a time trial and a sprint - plus the Belgian national TT title, results which mean this one has been far from unexpected.

Today's stage will be a 160.5km ride from Mulhouse ending at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles. "If I don't win, then everybody (is) going to ask me why (did I) miss?" I know the region; I've done all the climbs before. There are a lot of climbs before the last one tomorrow.

The 24-year-old added that he will fight for his white jersey on the multi-mountain stage through the Vosges, but with Colombian climber Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) lying just 26 seconds down, it looks to be a tall order.

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