PG - Tour de France 2022 Stage 5


It’s cobbles Jim but not as we know it.


11 Sectors. 20k of pavé. None of the big three are included.

The Favourites

A bit like echelons on ridiculously long bridges, cobbles and the Tour never live up to the hype. Probable head winds and no rain is a dampener too. What we should get though is GC teams that don’t include a rider called Pogacar trying to see if they can cause some trouble. Jumbo and Ineos have the riders to make it a tough day and MvdP will be wanting to get his first stage win of the race.

The bookies will be favouring the usual suspects who normally ride Roubaix. Wout, Matty, Mads, Mohoric, Lampy, DvB, Sagz, Kristoff, Pidcock, Dege, Kung, both Jaspers and a dozen others come to mind. The outliers might be the sprinters if there aren’t lots of splits and their teams position them well.

My outsider for the day might just be a bet (small) on Petit. Of course if you don’t trust me (and who would) have a look at the startlist and make your own minds up.

The Rules

In this game, only the race results matter. You're not committed to keeping the same riders throughout the series, you make fresh picks before every race. Our overall competition is just the sum of individual race scores. You're eligible for the overall even if you miss some races.

Pick 4 riders for the upcoming race. The order of your picks doesn't matter. All of your riders can score.

Riders score points down to 10th place. Less popular riders score more points than heavily-picked favourites. See below for scoring details.

The strict entry deadline is the official start time of the race, the neutralized roll-out or Départ Fictif. Be warned - if your post is timestamped one minute late your entry won't count! So do remember that there's no disadvantage to getting an entry in early, even the day before, because you may always change your picks up until the deadline. Feel free to rethink your picks when it emerges which riders are more or less popular with other players. If you make changes, post your revised 4 picks in a reply to your original post.

The Scoring


The last 3 races will be secret entry between the top contenders… To avoid defensive picking.

When we say top contenders we leave the number open because who knows how many will be within striking distance...

We will notify you by email if we need you to do a secret entry.

The Results

Head over to msbee's spreadsheet to check how you fared. Any issues, please email us on...