After a gruelling day spent in mountainous terrain, the peloton will be glad for the reprieve offered by stage five.

A lot flatter than stage four, stage five is guaranteed to be fast and furious with the sprinters itching to take further glory if they haven?t already.

With Mark Cavendish getting the better of Tom Boonen at the recent Tour of Qatar, the Belgian may well be hunting for revenge in California.

With strong winds predicted for the first 160km as the riders traverse the San Joaquin Valley floor, it looks almost certain to finish in a bunch sprint.

Thursday February 19

Visalia-Paso Robles

216km

imageAbove: stage five profile

imageAbove: stage five map