In a blink of an eye, Fabio Aru (Astana) accelerated in flash from the peloton in the last 2.5km of stage 5 at Tour de France 2017. While the peloton hesitated to give chase on the steep terrain, Aru rode on like he stole the bike to claim the win atop La Planche des Belles Filles.
Meanwhile, Gerraint Thomas surrendered the yellow jersey to Chris Froome (Team Sky) as Thomas could not step up the gas on the final inclines of the race and now sits in second place on the GC, 12 seconds behind teammate Froome.
When the peloton almost look like they had lost it, Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) accelerated away to form a chasing group and kept on the pace, to take second place while Froome and Richie Porte finished third and fourth on the same time.
“I’m amazed. I attacked and gave it everything. I wanted to see who would move because Team Sky was setting a fast pace. I wanted to see what they had,” said Aru, donned in his newly-acquired tricolore Italian champion jersey.
The Tour de France hasn’t featured a first-category climb this early in the race for 25 years yet, as just one of three summit finishes on the 2017 route, it wasn’t an opportunity to be wasted.
The most notable disappointment of the day was Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) whom were dropped as Froome accelerated behind Aru.
And the tour continues, with the debate of expelling Sagan still raging on. We admit, the tour has lost some lustre and we hope another rider will step up to shine.
Source: Cycling News