COLMAR, France – Peter Sagan took the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, while Julian Alaphilippe managed to hold onto the yellow jersey.
Wout van Aert finished the stage second, followed by Matteo Trentin.
“I just have to ride with passion and the victory comes,” the Slovak rider said after his win. “I did my best. Everyone needs good luck and a good day for winning.”
It was Sagan’s first stage victory of the 2019 edition of the race and his 12th stage win at the Tour.
Alapilippe continues in the yellow jersey at the top of the general classification.
Sagan wears the green jersey, with 144 points.
The 175.5-kilometer hilly stage unfolded in northeastern France, taking the pack from Saint-Die-des-Vosges to Colmar.
Wednesday’s stage finished in Colmar, a town whose architecture inspired the creation of a French-themed resort village called “Colmar Tropicale” in Malaysia after a visit by the then-Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Stage 6 will take the riders on a 160.5-kilometer mountainous course from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.