Tour Diary – Stage 5

Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille 219km

Only for the second time in Tour history is a stage finishing in Marseille. The only other time was stage 12 back in 1967, won by Frenchman Raymond Riotte. With four categorised climbs, plus the Col de Gineste just 7km from the finish, the sprinters will be trying desperately to hang on over the final climb should the peloton still be all together, however the day lends itself to a small breakaway.

Artist Auguste Renoir spent the last years of his life in Cagnes-sur-Mer and there is a museum in his honour at his house. Featuring the artist’s painting room where he would work from his wheelchair during his last years, the Museum depicts the life of the painter in the early 20th Century. Though crippled with arthritis, Renoir would still sculpt and paint with the help of assistants and have his paintbrushes strapped to his hands so he could still use them to create during those last years; just as the riders overcome pain and suffering to pursue their dream of glory in this great race.

*photo courtesy of www.cotedazur-tourism.com

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