Tour de France: Fabio Aru, Chris Froome and more reaction from Stage 5
By Velon Media Team , 05 Jul 2017


After Fabio Aru won Stage 5 of the Tour de France and Chris Froome claimed the overall lead, we round up all of the day’s reaction.

Fabio Aru (Astana) - stage winner

“I have won stages of the Giro [d'Italia] and the Vuelta [a Espana] before, but to win here on the Tour is obviously a huge event. 

“My attack went really well, but I wasn’t sure when I attacked if I would be able to stay out in the front, so I was delighted to get across the line.

“Vincenzo [Nibali] winning here [in the 2014 Tour] was something I watched a video of, so to win here as well is huge.”

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) - 3rd

"Obviously, I'm really happy to be back in yellow. Thankfully all the wounds from the first day were pretty superficial - just a bit of skin lost.

"Fabio rode a great stage today. He went at a really good moment. We maybe gave him too much space, especially with that flat part with 1km to go. No one really wanted to pull there and he was able to open up the gap, so congratulations to him. 

"From the other guys, I expected more attacks from some of my rivals, but there is still a lot of racing to come and we can still expect a lot from guys like Richie, Fabio again once we get into the high mountains.

"I'm going to try to defend the jersey as long as I can. This isn't a new feeling for me, being in yellow, so it's something that we have worked hard for and this has been the objective."

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Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) - 4th

"The guys rode super-strong today. Micky Schar and Stefan Küng were absolutely incredible. They controlled an eight-man breakaway just between the two of us, so that is good news for us and also shows we are not afraid to take the race up.

"I would have liked to have been up there more for the stage, but Fabio was super-strong. 

"Sky were good, but not as dominant as before. Froome is obviously in great form also - he is still the big favourite here."Astana are going to have more work now. I don't think they're going to get away with sitting back and jumping away like that again. It's good signs for the race."

From left, Fabio Aru, Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) - 5th

"I did pretty well today. It's clear that Aru was the strongest. He's the only one who was able to attack and make a little gap.

"I'm glad about my first mountain stage. Aru surprised us by attacking from far, but I'm happy because I managed to reply to Froome's attack.

"I usually have complicated starts to the Tour, so this is a morale booster. It's a good warm-up session. We were a few at the same level."

Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) - 2nd

"I’m gutted to not win again, but we’re getting closer. It was a really good performance.

"It was just unlucky that Fabio got a gap there, he was super-strong. I think he picked a really good moment to attack. It was really hard when he attacked and I think he chose the moment well. I thought with the flat section maybe he’d come back.

"In the end we looked at each other, and there was a bit of hesitation and [it got] tactical, and he got a bigger gap. I thought it was closing down in the finishing straight, but it wasn’t to be."

Simon Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) - 6th

"I'm really happy with my ride. It was really hard and I was suffering a bit in the heat, but the guys were always getting another bidon for me and I think they were pretty tired at the end because I was drinking so much.

"I gave the maximum, and that's all you can ask for. When I have good legs, I don't want t lose those opportunities and I was trying to go for the stage, but I was nowhere near catching Fabio - he was really flying up the climb. But that's OK."

Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates) - 11th

"It was really fast right from the start. They let a strong breakaway go and they kept the gap small, so the whole day was really fast and always nervous.

"The final was just the guys who had legs left. It was almost like a sprint finish with a really steep final. I was just a little bit empty when I arrived there."

*Froome and Yates were talking to Eurosport.

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