The Col du Grand Colombier made for some exciting action today at the Dauphiné, as Cadel Evans, Luis Leon Sanchez and Vincenzo Nibali were all active in trying to loosen the firm grip Bradley Wiggins has on the race lead. Unfortunately, with the finale of three Cols – The Col de Richemond – coming with 45km remaining, all the action and effort which took place earlier was flat by the finish. With today being a hard day in the mountains, the break was advatageous and it was FDJ’s Arthur Vicot taking the stage win.
As Brad was bridging across the gap between him and the Evans group on the road, the battle on twitter was active as well as Jens Voigt was pontificating to the masses that Brad has peaked too early and those who do well at the Dauphine don’t win the Tour.
At least in last 10 years. If you peak for Dauphine than you are too early for the second half of ” Le Tour” Believe me, seen it many times!
— Jens Voigt (@thejensie) June 7, 2012
Well, except Armstrong, Indurain, Hinault, Thevenet, Ocaña and Merckx. Other than THOSE guys. Then, in a quick counter attack Catherine Wiggins tweeted:
@thejensie Bradley hasn’t peaked yet.
— Catherine wiggins (@Cathwiggins1981) June 7, 2012
You know, it’s incredible, the twitter! I know these tweets are almost a day old, but I was reading them instead of watching… err, I mean, while I was watching this incredibly exciting Dauphiné! The action on my twitter trolling was mirroring Bradley’s tactics on the road: Attaque, contre-attaque! That was until the boring part of this year’s Dauphine kicked in again. No disrespect to Vichot and his win, because that was impressive and he deserves sincere salutations, but this Dauphine route is pretty flat. Like the stage finish. Tomorrow, more of the same.
Stage 5 Top Five
1. Arthur Vichot (FDJ)_____4h42’17”
2. Egoi Martinez (EUS)_____+26″
3. Dimitri Fofonov (AST)
4. Remy DiGregario (COF)
5. C.J. Sarmiento (LIQ)
Complete Stage Results: LeTour.fr
Overall Classification after Stage 5
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)___18h54’23”
2. Tony Martin (OPQ)_______+38″
3. Michael Rogers (SKY)____+1’20”
4. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)__+1’38”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC)_______+1’44”
Complete Classification: LeTour.fr