The stages of the 2017 Tour de France is filled with action, thrill and lots of wrecks and crashes. The tour starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on July 23.

Here, we have listed down the event highlights till date.

Third Stage- Verviers – Longwy, 212.5 km

  • Stage 3 of the Tour de France saw the race start in Belgium, and dip into Luxembourg, before an uphill finish in Longwy, France.
  • World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the hard-fought battle for the stage victory on the third stage of the Tour de France.
  • Peter Sagan took out the uphill finish into Longwy ahead of a hard-charging Michael Matthews (Sunweb).
  • Matthews came second while Dan Martin and Greg van Avermaetwere paced third and fourth respectively.
  • Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas remained in the yellow jersey.
  • Nils Politt, Adam Hansen, Romain Hardy, Nathan Brown, Frederik Backaert and RomainSicard separated from the peloton and built up a lead of around two minutes.

Fourth Stage- Mondotf-les-Bains – Vittel, 207.5 km

  • At 207.5 kilometres, stage 4 in the Tour de France travelled from Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg, home of the Schlecks, to Vittel in France. The route was mostly flat.
  • Briton Geraint Thomas kept his overall lead as Arnaud Demare became the first Frenchman to win a bunch sprint stage at the Tour since 2006.
  • Defending champion Chris Froome remains second overall, 12 seconds behind compatriot Thomas.
  • Cycling’s governing body disqualified the world champion, Peter Sagan, for a dangerous move in the sprint finish in which he appeared to elbow the British rider Mark Cavendish to the floor
  • Mark Cavendish crashed into the barriers and later pulled out of the race with a broken shoulder.
  • Cavendishhas withdrawn from the Tour de France after he suffered a fractured shoulder blade in a horrendous crash 200 metres from the finish line on stage four.

Fifth Stage- Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles, 160.5 km

  • At 160.5 kilometres, stage 5 in the Tour de France travelled from Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges Mountains.
  • Italy’s Fabio Aru (Astana) claimed his first Tour de France stage win with an explosive performance on La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 5.
  • Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was second, 16 seconds adrift as Froome finished third, four seconds back.
  • Britain’s Chris Froome took the yellow jersey from Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas.
  • Froome, 32, leads Welshman Thomas by 12 seconds in the general classification.

Stage Six Preview: Vesoul – Troyes, 216km

After frantic five stages, Tour de France promises to open up again, along with the chase for the green and polka dot jerseys for sprint leader and King of the Mountains, respectively.

The iconic town of Troyes has featured in the Tour eight times with its distinctive exposed timber buildings in the old town. Riders will finish here after a 216km ride from Vesoul, a city that was voted ‘the most athletic’ in France in 2001.

Stage five featured a more hot-tempered route and saw Aru emerge as winner but stage six will favour the sprinters through the iconic town of Troyes.

DSPORT will telecast the tour highlights on the day after the each stage event.

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