'Nervous' peloton ready for 'hectic' day of 'carnage' on the cobbles on Tour de France stage five

While some are hunting the stage win, others are just hoping to stay out of trouble in northern France

Yves Lampaert, Greg van Avermaet and John Degenkolb on the cobbles at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty Images)

For some in the peloton, riding on the cobbles is natural, normal, an ordinary thing they do in races multiple times a year. For these riders a stage like Wednesdays’s poses no extreme problems, especially if it is just a battle between Classics specialists like themselves. Sure, a cobbled race can be chaotic, but it is something they are used to.

However, a Tour de France stage that goes over the pavé of northern France is a completely different beast. It is not just the strong riders who will be racing, not just the roulers like Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers) and Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), the two most recent Paris-Roubaix winners in this peloton. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.