See the battle for the Green jersey as the sprinters will be in full flight for the stage finish in the Alsace capital, Colmar.
Alsace Villages and catching the breakaway
This morning we will head east catching the finish of today’s race. We’ll drive directly to the stage finish town and start our ride from one of France’s classified ‘most beautiful’ (plus beaux) villages. An old town with cobblestone streets and lined with half-timbered medieval and early Renaissance buildings. There are several smaller villages built in similar style, within riding distance. We’ll snap up the opportunity and ride through these stunning villages. Separating each village are vineyards that produce the crisp white wine that Alsace is renowned for.
After our ride, we will return to Colmar in time to freshen up, explore the village and prepare for the arrival of the peloton at the finish line. After the presentations, we’ll travel the short distance to our family run 3-star hotel for the next 2 nights. Each night, our hosts will provide delicious food from the region, and you may as well accompany your meal with a local wine.
TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges to Colmar, Hilly, 169 km
Riders enter one of the most admired wine regions of France. The scenery and magnificent villages will have helicopters and viewers across the globe in awe. Riders won’t be stopping for pictures as they’ll negotiate the first real climbs of the Tour. Expect a strong breakaway to establish early on before they try to hold off an eager peloton with the favourites.