Tour de France 2017 Stage 5 Preview

"We will apply article 12.104 of the rules of the which case commissaires (the race jury) can decide to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider".

Coming into the final metres of the stage, Sagan had swung across the road in pursuit of eventual victor Arnaud Démare (FDJ), apparently not realising Cavendish was following, and forcing him into the barrier. "I never thought I would sprint against those guys, so to get this result at the end of such a hard day makes me very happy and confident". Watch every minute live on Eurosport Player, plus minute-by-minute live blog and extensive video highlights - breakaways, sprints, stage finishes, interviews, incidents; you won't miss a thing.

Cavendish's team, Dimension Data, tweeted that their rider had hurt his shoulder and hand during the stage four crash. "When I caught him, I looked where we were and sat up as I wanted to wait a little", he said. "I don't know if I snapped it". After crashing on Stage 2, Martin finished Stage 3 with the Sprinter group, 2:52 behind victor Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).

"It was a bit weird, Richie went strong with 600-700m left".

His team manager, Roger Hammond, confirmed after the stage that Cavendish would be going to hospital to be checked over before any decision can be made about whether he can continue in the race, with most concern apparently relating to his potential injuries sustained when his right shoulder hit the barrier.

There was another crash earlier that delayed Tour leader Geraint Thomas, but the Welshman retained the yellow jersey since it happened in the neutral zone near the stage finish.

Defending champion Froome was held up by Thomas' crash but did not go down. "I didn't know Mark was behind me". The Quick-Step Floors rider's brilliant effort in Longwy - which returned in the Tour de France after a 35-year hiatus - saw him take a total of six seconds on all the other race favourites, a welcomed bonus that helped him move up to 15th place in the overall rankings.

The stage was won by French champion Arnaud Demare.

Both Thomas and Froome are fine, Team Sky said.

Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) came home third as FDJ rider Demare, who has been in impressive form lately, had time to raise his arms in celebration before crossing the line.

The 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) leg begins in Vittel and winds its way to La Planche Des Belles Filles with a short but steep finishing ascent that features a leg-breaking 20-percent gradient in the final meters.

  • Rosalie Stanley