Stage 5 of the Tour de France saw Wout van Aert (TJV) continue his impressive run of form taking a sprint victory in Privas.
NTT Pro Cycling’s Giacomo Nizzolo, who finished third in the race’s previous sprint finish, finished just outside the top-10 in a very tricky and technical run into the finish.
For the team overall a big positive was that Domenico Pozzovivo safely navigated himself home as he continues to improve from injury, while also climbing a number of places in the general classification.
It was hectic and I think that we didn’t manage the final parts of it that well and perhaps we spent a little too much energy before the sprint. And then the main sprinters were perhaps a bit wrong-footed. It was an easy day but in the final it was very hard.
My job was that after the feedzone we knew that there was going to be quite a bit of wind and we weren’t sure if anyone was going to take it on so it was to ensure that I was in the front and controlling things and setting the pace.
It was obviously not optimal for us and I think that Giacomo was pretty much left alone at the front. I personally was too far back on top of the climb and couldn’t make it back on time so not the best final for us.