The 2015 Tour de France visited the cobbles of Northern France on stage four – a choice no doubt inspired by the equivalent stage in the previous year’s race.
Lars Boom (then riding for Belkin) took the stage win, but the major surprise on the gruelling day was how well Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) rode over the pavé. The Italian placed third on the stage, and put over two and a half minutes into rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).
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Of course, Nibali’s other main rival Chris Froome (Sky) had not even made it to the first cobbled sector of the day, having crashed and exacerbated the wrist injuries he was already nursing leading to his withdrawal.
This film looks back at stage five of the 2014 Tour from Ypres (in Belgium) to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, showing how Nibali conquered the cobbles and set up what would become a convincing overall win in the race two and a half weeks later after Contador also crashed out of the race. Nibali and Contador also give their thoughts on the day’s action.