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Date: Thursday, July 6
Distance: 216km (134.2mi)
A sprint finish is likely in the town of Troyes as the peloton faces an uncomplicated day. After the previous day’s fireworks, things should settle down with the general classification men trying to stay out of trouble and conserve energy for the stages to come. After the hectic finish to Stage 4, the sprinters will be hoping for a safer run in the last few kilometres.
Christian Prudhomme, race director: “The sprint purists will have dissected and appreciated the possible scenario dictated on this flat stage by the teams of the best specialists. Riding through the Plateau de Langres and passing through Colombeyles-Deux Églises, the chase of the escapees should be perfectly planned. It’ll then be the turn of the lead out trains to take command on the large avenues of the centre of Troyes.”