Stage 5: The Tour’s descent into Hell
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the most thrilling and dramatic day of the 2014 Tour de France: stage five from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.
It was a stage that ended Chris Froome’s hopes of defending his Tour title. After crashing on stage four he appeared at the start bruised and bandaged and then, as torrential rain lashed this north-eastern corner of France, fell again — twice. It was too much: he climbed into a team car, his Tour over.
On the podcast we get reaction to Froome’s withdrawal, and what it means for Team Sky’s ambitions in this Tour, from the team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, and sports director, Servais Knaven.
Lars Boom was the stage winner as the Tour tackled the fearsome pavé but the other big winner was Vincenzo Nibali, who increased his overall lead and is already looking like a serious contender for victory.
Lionel, meanwhile, reports directly from the pavé, where he sampled the atmosphere — and got very wet.
There is also an exclusive interview with Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time. Merckx is also unquestionably the most interviewed cyclist of all time, but we ask him a question he has never previously been asked:
Who is the second greatest cyclist of all time?