The Tour de France, after finishing with carnage and controversy in the sprint finish of stage four, would switch to a battle between the GC contenders on stage five.
The race headed towards its first summit finish on Wednesday’s stage on the final climb of La Planche des Belles Filles, a near 6km climb with ramps of 20 per cent.
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But how would the short climb shape the GC for 2017? Richie Porte (BMC) was highlighted as a key threat to Sky and yellow jersey Geraint Thomas at the start of the day, but could any of the other GC hopefuls spring a surprise?
Catch-up with the best bits of the stage or read up on everything that happened on the fifth day of racing in our stage five report.
The 2017 Tour de France starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 23.