Novel approach pays off for Aru
It’s a universal practice among Tour de France teams to recce key climbs ahead of the race, but instead of riding La Planche des Belle Filles, stage five winner Fabio Aru (Astana) went on YouTube.
The Italian champion attacked just beyond midway up the climb, deciding on the timing of his attack by watching videos on YouTube of the Tour de France’s two previous trips to La Planche des Belle Filles.
“I didn’t know La Planche des Belle Filles,” Aru said in a post-race press conference.
Watch: Tour de France stage five highlights
Aru’s win, and the 10-second time bonus that went with it, moved him from 25th to third on GC, but the Italian said he was concentrating more on enjoying his first Tour stage win than contemplating challenging for the yellow jersey.
“I’m slowly realising what I’ve done today,” he continued.
“Of course, I’m extremely happy to win a stage of the Tour de France, which is missing in my career.
“I don’t want to think of what’s coming next in the Tour de France, I’ll take it day by day. First I want to enjoy this victory quietly with my team.”