Stage five of the Tour de France features one of the toughest stages of the entire 2022 race as the peloton tackles 11 cobblestone sectors on a hilly 157km course from Lille to La Porte du Hainaut.
Cobblestones – or pave – provide an often brutal challenge on the Paris-Roubaix landmarks race, where falls are common and injuries common, and riders will need all of their bike handling skills to stay upright and avoid an incident that could waste time or even strength that they abandon the Tour.
The stage begins with an early intermediate sprint after 37km, which could bring some of the sprinters to the front of the peloton looking to pick up the green jersey points on offer.
Halfway the cobblestones begin. Most pave The sectors are around 1.3km long and take professional runners around two and a half minutes, but there are longer 2.5km sections that will take over four minutes to complete. They will be grueling and physically demanding, so pilots must balance caution to avoid trouble and aggressiveness to save valuable time on the rest.
Who could benefit from a scene like this? Among the yellow jersey contenders, Geraint Thomas is competent on the cobbles, Primoz Roglic has the skills to defend, while defending champion Tadej Pogacar is inexperienced on this ground but showed his skills when he came close to winning the Tour of Flanders earlier this year.
The man who beat Pogacar there, Mathieu van der Poel, is the favorite here – as well as his two wins in Flanders also finishing third in Paris-Roubaix even last year. But he will have plenty of competition, notably from the man in the yellow jersey Wout van Aert, who so brilliantly won stage 4 in Calais, as well as Ineos cobblestone specialist Dylan van Baarle, who won Paris-Roubaix This year.
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Stage 5 start time
The stage is expected to start around 1:00 p.m. BST and finish around 4:30 p.m. BST.
How to watch on TV and online
Tour de France coverage is available this year on ITV4, Eurosport, Discovery+ and GCN+ (Global Cycling Network).
Live races each day will be shown on ITV4 before highlights usually at 7pm each day. The ITV website lists the times here.
Eurosport and GCN+ will show every minute of every stage. More Eurosport coverage here and GCN+ coverage here.
It’s also streaming on Eurosport’s Discovery+ streaming service, with streaming info here.
Overall ranking (top 10)
1. Wout van Aert, Belgium, Jumbo-Visma, 13h 2m 43s.
2. Yves Lampaert, Belgium, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, +25s behind.
3. Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, +32.
4. Mads Pedersen, Denmark, Trek-Segafredo, +36.
5. Mathieu van der Poel, Netherlands, Alpecin-Deceuninck, +38.
6. Jonas Vingaard, Denmark, Jumbo-Visma, +40.
7. Primoz Roglic, Slovenia, Jumba-Visma, +41.
8. Adam Yates, Briton, Ineos Grenadiers, +48.
9. Stefan Kung, Switzerland, Groupama-FDJ, same time.
10. Thomas Pidcock, Great Britain, Ineos Grenadiers, +49.