Stage 5: A Day For The Sprinters
If you desperately needed to catch back up on your sleep, last night’s stage was one where you could safely go to bed early. Highlights on SBS will do just fine with the typical formula of early suicide break-away, the catch, the sprint finish. Not that I don’t enjoy these types of stages, however they’re not usually something that carry much more than 10 minutes of excitement in them. Unless of course the break-away sticks until the very end or gets caught right at the finish line. That’s when I get excited and start standing on the couch yelling at the television!
BTW, did you know that the break-away groups in tour stages will hardly ever allow themselves to get over 10mins of an advantage? If they do so, then the peloton will often get nervous and bring them back much sooner. Ten minutes is bordering on their comfort zone. This isn’t always the case as we’ve seen before, but most of the time it is. Koen de Kort was telling me about the break-away he was in during Stage 3 in the 2009 TdF. They were barely even pedaling trying to keep within the 10min mark of the peloton behind riding at a snails pace (just before Columbia-HTC tore it to shreds soon after). As a rule of thumb, a chasing peloton can bring back a break at the pace of 1 minute per 10km.
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