What's the Plan? TOC21
Stage 5 in the Tour of California produced the largest break away thus far in the race. Eighteen men were able to escape the grip of the peloton, mainly because none were close enough to the lead of Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) to affect his over all lead. In fact the highest placed member of the break was his own teammate, Maxime Bouet. Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) dropped back to his team car to get a bottle and a little advice on how he should play his position to the advantage of his team leader, Peter Sagan.