Stage 5 profile (Image credit: ASO) Stage 5 map (Image credit: ASO) Stage 5 profile (Image credit: ASO) Stage 5: Changé – Laval
Date: June 30, 2021
Stage start: 10:45 a.m. CEST
Stage type: Individual Time Trial
There hasn’t been a time trial as long as this 27.2-kilometre test in the first week of the Tour since 2008. Inevitably, it will provide the most significant opportunity so far for the GC favourites to show their colours, with the best rouleurs likely to establish substantial gaps on the pure climbers.
This is very much the home patch of Madiot brothers Marc and Yvon who head the management team at Groupama-FDJ , and in Stefan Küng the French outfit will have one of the favourites for success on this course. Defending Tour champion Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) and 2018 winner Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) should also find it to their liking, while for climbers such as Groupama’s David Gaudu and Arkea-Samsic’s Nairo Quintana this will be a day that’s all about containing their losses.Feedback from the reconnaissance that various Tour big hitters have undertaken suggests this is the more challenging of the race’s two TTs, the terrain more undulating and the descents more technical. The course begins in Changé, a small town just to the north of Laval, and heads northwards from there, mixing long straights with a couple of twisting sections and undulating all the while to reach St-Germain-le-Fouilloux.Turning east, the route descends gradually through Saint-Jean-de-Mayenne to reach the […]