Team Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen takes 8th place on the fifth stage of the Tour de France today, holding onto his lead in the young rider classification. Tom Dumoulin also crosses the line safely, to remain 7th in the GC at 13 seconds.
Seven riders jumped ahead of the peloton in the early kilometres of the race, swiftly opening up a solid advantage to the main field. With Michael Matthews out of the race due to sickness before the stage start, Team Sunweb remained with Tom Dumoulin, keeping him out of trouble throughout the stage and bringing him safe to the finish.
After a reshuffling at the front of the race, the breakaway was eventually caught inside the final 10 kilometres, where teams looked to position their fast uphill men for the finish. With Tom safe, the best young rider Søren Kragh Andersen, fought for his chances in the final. A solid effort saw him finish the day in 8th place to maintain his overall lead in the standings. Tom remains 7th in the GC at 13 seconds, with Søren 8th on the same time going into stage six tomorrow.
Søren said: “So far it’s a pretty nice Tour de France for me so I’m really happy. I’m happy to have had to legs to be up there. I was a little far back at the bottom of the climb, but my legs were good and I’m pleased with the performance. I had a good acceleration in the last 300 metres so I’m feeling happy with the result. It’s a shame to lose Michael, we we’re really looking forward to supporting him in the upcoming days and we’re sad to see him go. We’re glad to bring Tom home safe and if the team give me another chance, then I will for sure go for it again.”
Tom said: “Today was a very difficult stage. The roads were small but I was well positioned by the team. Everything worked out well, so all in all we can be satisfied. Looking at the result of today, Michael would have been in the mix for the win but that wasn’t meant to be. We will miss him for the stage results and for helping me. I feel good, my legs are ok but not yet super.”
Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts said: “Today and tomorrow would have been a nice opportunity to pick up a good result with Michael, unfortunately we won’t have the option anymore. We kept Tom in good position today and he finished strongly alongside Søren.”