Stage 5 at the 2022 Tour de France proved to be especially cruel for the Jumbo Visma team. Starting in Lille and ending at Arenberg, riders had the “fun” of the first real cobblestone track in this year’s race. Cobblestones are very difficult for the riders and as a result there were more crashes today than the rest of the 2022 Tour de France combined. Unfortunately for Team Jumbo Visma, Stage 5 resulted the rise of main rival, and 2 time defending champ, Tadej Pogacar.
Stage 5 Bumps but Keeping the Yellow Jersey
Going into Stage 5 of the 2022 Tour de France, Jumbo Visma rider Wout van Aert held the yellow jersey after 3 second place finishes and 1 win in the first 4 stages. However, today would prove to be some of the most interesting riding for van Aert.
Early in Stage 5, he got tangled up with a teammate that saw him go crashing to the ground.
Then, as he tried to catch back up in the race, he almost crashed again, this time into the back of his team"s car.
After avoiding any serious injuries that could have ended his 2022 Tour de France, he managed to race back into the Peloton and eventually get to a spot where he was able to just narrowly hold on to the yellow jersey.
Tough Stage 5 for the Favorites
While van Aert currently holds the yellow jersey, teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic are the two main riders for Jumbo Visma for the General Classification. After some bike issues for Vingegaard, the Jumbo Visma team had some confusion as their riders had to swap bikes as they tried to ensure Vingegaard would be able to continue to compete.
Unfortunately, the day was even crueler to Roglic who went down with a crash, but was still able to finish Stage 5.
Here Comes Pogacar
Meanwhile, defending champ and 2022 Tour de France favorite Tadej Pogacar made his presence known racing away from his main rivals, including both of Jumbo Vismas" hopefuls. Pogacar turned cobblestones from a weakness into a strength and at one point looked like he might put his rivals so far back that the 2022 Tour de France might have already been won.
Instead, heroic efforts from Wout van Aert during Stage 5 helped to bridge the gap and keep the Jumbo Visma riders in contention.
The main question now will be if a tough day of riding, can Jumbo Visma put today in the rear view mirror as they look to chase down Pogacar.
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